After building a career in the galleries and museums of Amsterdam, art theorist Hanna has returned to Iceland to what she hopes will be a posh new job. Though small, the museum in Reykjavik has a sterling reputation—one sure to be burnished by a valuable piece donated by a wealthy patron. Painted by Iceland’s most beloved twentieth-century artist, the acquisition is poised to become the jewel of the museum’s collection … until a conservator announces it’s a fake.
Determined to preserve the museum’s reputation and bolster her own, Hanna sets out to authenticate the painting, drawing on every ounce of skill that she possesses. What Hanna doesn’t know she vows to learn, venturing deep into the shadowy world of art forgery. Only then will she be able to strip away the varnish of the past to uncover the truth.
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