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BEST HISTORICAL MYSTERY OF THE YEAR (Readers Favorite Award Contest)
A hidden treasure. A murderous plot. A love that won’t let go.
His long-ago lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a vivid and gripping wartime web of love and death — but giving him one slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before. And to find a priceless treasure.
The letter sparks a dangerous quest across Paris, the Loire Valley, and the gleaming beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast for the most valuable Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century. The painting and the crates of bullion that accompanied it were intended to finance the Fourth Reich, or so the rumors said.
Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his late father’s World War II colleague in American Army intelligence, found the letter after her father was run down by a car in the streets of Sarasota. For Eddie, it brings the long-cold case of his family's murder back to life.
Its clues propel him from his Paris home to Florida, where he barely escapes with his life. Then it’s back home, to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation.
Along the way, he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before.
Most of all, Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a novel of Paris.
The painting, Portrait of a Young Man, remains missing. The Polish government said at one time that it still exists and is in a safe place, but that is now in doubt.
"Bravo!" (Ronald Rosbottom, author of When Paris Went Dark)
"An exceptionally well written book with a fast-paced story line and many plot surprises." (Connield, Amazon reviewer)
A "fast-paced thriller spanning the globe from Paris to the states." (Carole P. Roman, Amazon reviewer)
"I read it once and then waited a week and read it again.” (Amazon reviewer)
Lauren is the story behind Treasure of Saint-Lazare and the Eddie Grant thriller series. Eddie made his name as a US Special Forces commander in the First Gulf War, then following in his family's footsteps as a businessman in Paris, where he was born and had lived until he left for college in Texas.
Lauren tells the romantic back story of his years in college and his meeting Lauren Adams, who became his wife, moved to Paris with him, and was ultimately murdered by the people who thought he knew the whereabouts of an extremely valuable painting that had been stolen by the Nazis early in World War II.
In the remote and gloomy mountains of Hungary, a renegade Silicon Valley billionaire is the money man behind a modern-day troop of brownshirts training in an ancient castle that once sheltered Vlad the Impaler.
Military inventor Mark McGinley and ex-Navy engineer Kate Hall race from Miami to Paris to Hungary and back to recover Pegasus, the miniature space-age submarine they’ve built for the CIA.
Along the way they fall in love, but their first real date is almost their last. After midnight, as their sailboat rocks gently on Biscayne Bay, the click of a limpet fuse Mark knows from his Navy past gives them a few seconds of warning, allowing them to escape before the boat blows up around them.
The chase is on. From Miami to a small airport near Paris, with the help of Eddie Grant, they track their pride and joy to a deep mountain lake in Hungary, where a rescue is no sure thing.