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False Impression

Sprecher: Lorelei King
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 29 Min.
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When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death - a priceless Van Gogh painting.

It's a young woman in the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the building who has the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady's death. Anna Petrescu is missing, presumed dead, after 9/11 and she uses her new status to escape from America, only to be pursued across the world from Toronto to London, to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bucharest, but it is only when she returns to New York that the mystery unfolds. Why are so many people willing to risk their own lives and others' to own the Van Gogh Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear?

©2005 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Van Gogh amidst the twin tower tragedy

I know that Jeffrey Archer can do better than that. This novel is far from what he usually delivers. Using the tragic events of September 11 as a setting for a disappointingly weak crime story about a stolen van Gogh painting is simply poor taste.

Anna Petrescu, a brilliant PhD art expert, who works for a rich but shady banker starts to doubt the legality or ethics of her employer’s business practices. When an aristocratic old lady in Great Britain is in danger to lose her estate, including a valuable art collection, she sets out on a mission to put things right again. She is unaware of an ongoing FBI investigation and her actions put her under suspicion and make her look like an accomplice.

It is a fast moving story, covering events in the USA, Great Britain, Romania and Japan and including crimes of all types, murder, fraud, money laundering etc. Regardless of all that, the story appears construed and predictable, the characters are black and white and the romantic ending reminds you of pulp fiction.

Some listeners were unhappy with Lorelei King's Performance. I cannot agree with that, she actually made me finish the story.