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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Parker Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781482976809
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Tom Fairchild is a man with a past he can’t shake. He’s struggling to make it as a graphic artist, but his probation officer thinks he belongs in jail. Then millionaire Miami real estate developer Stuart Barlowe offers him fifty thousand dollars to travel to Italy with his daughter Allison, a map expert and Tom’s childhood love, to duplicate a rare Renaissance map. But Tom soon suspects that Barlowe wants a forgery, not a duplicate. He just doesn’t know why, and Allison isn’t talking. When people start turning up dead, and Tom and Allison realize they are being tailed, it quickly becomes clear that they have no one to trust but each other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This novel demands that you hold on to your seat with both hands. How, then, will you turn the pages? Not to worry, they pretty much do it themselves.”

    Washington Post

  • “Gratifying Hitchcock territory...[a] vintage international thriller.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Parker delivers a fresh plot...[and] a surprising ending.”

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “A remarkable tale of international intrigue.”

    Miami New Times

  • “Engrossing…fresh and compelling.”


  • “Paul Garcia revels in the thuggishness of Parker’s Eastern European hit man, the whininess of her Florida millionaires, and the earnest, romantic nature of her hero, Tom Fairchild…The vocal distinctions are theatrical, lending drama to a novel of international intrigue.”


  • “An interesting, quick-moving story…A satisfying read even for veteran mystery readers. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ludwig | 11/16/2009

    " very good fast reading really enjoyed this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 9/27/2009

    " Enjoyed this book because it wasn't an overactive thriller, though it had intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/3/2009

    " Intrigue, bad guys, complicated plot. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/17/2009

    " Above average thriller. Plot is very contrived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saint | 12/16/2008

    " Fantastic. Made me want to read more of her books. Very developed character writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/27/2008

    " This was one of her worst attempts. I didn't care for the new character. She didn't develop it well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 5/10/2008

    " I have read every Barbara Parker mystery. They are all based in South Florida and I enjoy reading mystery novels that take place in areas that I am familiar with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 3/21/2008

    " Barbara Parker is a fast pace writer, catching her readers right off. I love anything she writes. This book is one of three books that is not apart of the "Suspicion" series. It is harder for me to enjoy the non-suspicion books, but I still enjoyed "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker (1947–2009) was the author of thirteen mysteries, including the Suspicion series featuring Miami lawyers Anthony Quintana and Gail Connor. Her debut, Suspicion of Innocence, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. She also penned four stand-alone thrillers, including The Dark of Day and The Perfect Fake.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.