Rick Montoya has just moved from
Santa Fe to Rome, embracing the life of a translator. He’s beginning to settle
in to la dolce vita when school friend Beppo, now senior in the Italian Art
Squad, recruits Rick for an unofficial undercover role. Armed with a list of
galleries, suspects, and an expense account, Rick arrives in Tuscany
posing as a buyer for a Santa Fe gallery to flush out traffickers in priceless
However, before sunset on his first day
in Volterra, the challenge intensifies. Rick has one quick conversation with a
gallery employee who dies minutes later in a brutal fall from a high cliff. Has
the trade in fraudulent artifacts upgraded to murder? Are the traffickers
already on to Rick?
The local commissario and his team
consider Rick an amateur and, worse, a foreigner. Plus Rick is a suspect in
what proves to be the dead man’s murder. While the Volterra squad pursues its
leads, Rick continues to interview his list: a museum director, a top gallery
owner, a low-profile import-export businessman and his enterprising
color-coordinated assistant, a sensuous heiress with a private art specialty
and clientele. When Rick’s girlfriend Erica, an art history professor, arrives
from Rome to visit him, she rekindles a friendship with an alluring, maybe dangerous,
acquaintance. Has Rick’s role made him the target of both cops and criminals?
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