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Le musée perdu (original 2003; edition 2011)

by Steve Berry, Gilles Morris-Dumoulin (Traduction)

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Title:Le musée perdu
Authors:Steve Berry
Other authors:Gilles Morris-Dumoulin (Traduction)
Info:Pocket (2011), Poche, 502 pages
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The Amber Room by Steve Berry (2003)

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When Rachel Cutler’s elderly father dies after falling down a flight of stairs, ending up with a broken neck, her ex-husband Paul becomes the executor of his estate. He finds papers in his former father-in-law’s safety deposit box that lead him to information about The Amber Room which was constructed almost entirely of amber over many centuries in Russia and which disappeared after World War II. Visits by some unusual strangers convince Rachel to go Germany to try to discover what her father meant in his notes, even though he warned her not to do so.
Greed, lust, treachery, and death are the basis of THE AMBER ROOM. It is the story of what she discovers, revolving around a group of nine very rich men who steal art treasures that have been previously stolen just for the ability to have them on display in their own mansions. Many, but not all the items, were stolen by Hitler and Goring as they looted museums and personal collections of their victims during the Nazi Invasion. The book details how some of the treasures were hidden near the end of the war.
During her trip, Rachel does some self-examination to try to figure out why her marriage failed.
The book is fast-paced and maintains the reader’s interest. There is a little repetition and a couple unlikely scenarios, e.g., when Rachel’s secretary tells a stranger where Rachel is going and when she is leaving. I don’t believe a judge’s secretary would ever be that open. ( )
  Judiex | Aug 15, 2014 |
Looking for the famed Nazi pillaged treasure and the infamous "Amber Room" stolen from Russia. Fun story ( )
  debbie.menzel | Feb 6, 2014 |
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  DrMcDougall | Jan 15, 2014 |
### From Publishers Weekly

First-time novelist Berry weighs in with a hefty thriller that's long on interesting research but short on thrills. Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler and ex-husband Paul are divorced but still care for each other. Rachel's father, Karol Borya, knows secrets about the famed Amber Room, a massive set of intricately carved panels crafted from the precious substance and looted by Nazis during WWII from Russia's Catherine Palace. The disappearance of the panels, which together formed a room, remains one of the world's greatest unsolved art mysteries. Borya's secret gets him killed as two European industrialists/art collectors go head to head in a deadly race to find the fabled room. Searching for Borya's killer, Rachel and Paul bumble their way to Europe, where their naivet triggers more deaths. Berry has obviously done his homework, and he seems determined to find a place for every fact he's unearthed. The plot slows for descriptions of various art pieces, lectures and long internal monologues in which characters examine their innermost feelings and motives in minute detail, while also packing in plenty of sex and an abundance of brutal killings. A final confrontation between all the principals ends in a looming Bavarian castle where Rachel is raped. All the right elements are in place, but the book is far too long and not as exciting as the ingredients suggest. Readers may end up wishing Berry had written a nonfiction account of the fascinating story of the Amber Room and skipped the fictional mayhem.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Give this man credit: whereas most lawyers who decide to write a novel stay fairly close to home, Berry, a Georgia trial attorney, wanders far off the beaten path. Although his debut novel features a trial judge as its central character and opens with a pretty typical courtroom scene, it soon steps outside the courtroom--way outside. When Judge Rachel Cutler's father dies under suspicious circumstances, he leaves his daughter tantalizing clues to a decades-old secret: the Amber Room, an exquisite treasure that, so the legend goes, was appropriated by the Nazis when they invaded the Soviet Union. Now, to find out why her father died, and who's responsible, Rachel (with her ex-husband, Paul) heads off to Germany, where she hopes to find the truth about the Amber Room. Based loosely, very loosely, on certain historical events, the novel is plotted cleverly and written with style and substance. A welcome change from the usual legal-thriller fare from wanna-be Turows. *David Pitt*
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Historically interesting, but a bit slow in places. ThThe plot deals with a divorced couple (a lawyer and a judge) who are sucked into a hunt for the famous Russian Amber Room. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 8, 2013 |
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For whatever cause a country is ravaged, we ought to spare those edifices which do honor to human society, and do not contribute to increase an enemy's strength-such as temples, tombs, public buildings, and all works of remarkable beauty. . . . It is declaring one's self to be an enemy of mankind, thus wantonly to deprive them of these wonders of art.
-Emmerich De Vattel, The Law of Nations, 1758
I have studied in detail the state of the historic monuments in Peterhof, Tsarskoe, and Pavlovsk, and in all three towns I have witnessed monstrous outrages against the integrity of these monuments. Moreover, the damage caused-a full inventory of which would be extremely difficult to give because it is so extensive-bears the marks of premeditation.
-Testimony of Iosif Orbeli, director of the Hermitage, before the Nurnberg tribunal, February 22, 1946
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For my father, who unknowingly kindled the fire decades ago, and for my mother, who taught me the discipline to sustain the blaze
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The prisoners called him ears because he was the only Russian in Hut 8 who understood German.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345504380, Mass Market Paperback)

The Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man: an entire room forged of exquisite amber, from its four massive walls to its finely crafted furniture. But it is also the subject of one of history’s most intriguing mysteries. Originally commissioned in 1701 by Frederick I of Prussia, the Room was later perfected Tsarskoe Selo, the Russian imperial city. In 1941, German troops invaded the Soviet Union, looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room. When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August 1944, the Room was hidden. And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world, it has never been seen again.

Now, two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit, and the hunt has begun once more. . . .

Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler. She loves her job, loves her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father, a man who survived the horrors of World War II, dies under strange circumstances—and leaves behind clues to a secret he kept his entire life . . . a secret about something called the Amber Room.

Desperate to know the truth about her father’s suspicious dealings, Rachel takes off for Germany, with Paul close behind. Shortly after arriving, they find themselves involved with a cast of shadowy characters who all claim to share their quest. But as they learn more about the history of the treasure they seek, Rachel and Paul realize they’re in way over their heads. Locked in a treacherous game with ruthless professional killers and embroiled in a treasure hunt of epic proportions, Rachel and Paul suddenly find themselves on a collision course with the forces of power, evil, and history itself.

A brilliant adventure and a scintillating tale of intrigue, deception, art, and murder, The Amber Room is a classic tale of suspense—and the debut of a strong new voice in the world of the international thriller.


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Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by manb6sand the subject of one of historyb2ss most intriguing mysteries. German troops invading the Soviet Union seized the Room in 1941. When the Allies bombed, the Room was hidden, and it has never been seen since. But now, the hunt has begun once more. Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler loves her job and her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind clues to a secret about something called the Amber Room. Desperate for the truth, Rachel takes off for Germany with Paul close behind. Before long, theyb2sre in over their heads. Locked into a treacherous game with professional killers, Rachel and Paul find themselves on a collision course with the forces of greed, power, and history itself.… (more)

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