THE GILDED SEAL
ISBN# (10): 0-06-187854-5/ (13) 978-0-06-187854-1 and (10): 0-06-167186-X/(13): 978-0-06-167186-9
Harper (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishing)
10 East 53rd St., New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 4 Cups
Tom Kirk is no longer a famous art thief; instead he works with the law. When he learns his good friend, Rafael Quintavelle, has been murdered, he wants to find out who killed him.
Special Agent Jennifer Browne is with the FBI from the Art Crime Team. She has been called upon when a small forgery is stolen. Unfortunately, the low-key counterfeit turns into something much more that takes her to the other side of the world.
Tom is suspicious of his good friend’s death and intends to find out who killed him and why. To top off matters, there has been a theft of a Da Vinci painting, a theft that reminds Tom of an old nemesis, Milo. Tom believes the clues lead him to Milo, and if his instincts are correct, it could lead to something much greater. While Tom is busy with his case, Jennifer learns the forgery case she has been assigned could hold more meaning than what they imagined. With a lead that takes her all the way to Paris, she stumbles upon Tom, who soon learns they can perhaps put all their information together and help each other since the two cases seem to connect. Can they clear up the matter and show justice prevails or will they become part of the body count of the slain?
The Gilded Seal is a thrilling story that carries the reader into non-stop action. I found Tom a powerful character as he is bent on finding out who murdered his friend. He doesn’t pull his punches, no matter who or what gets in his way. Jennifer, works diligently to solve her case, and when she and Tom unite, the action doubles as well as the little sensation the reader can feel sweeping around them. James Twining develops a great plot, robust characters, and an interesting read that hooked this reader until the end. I only hope the end promises more.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More