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Artist's Proof: A Twisted Tale of Fakes, Frauds, and Murder [Hardcover]

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Item description for Artist's Proof: A Twisted Tale of Fakes, Frauds, and Murder by Lander Marks...

Savvy Las Vegas car dealer and art collector, DJ Singer, is swept away in a quest for love and a hunt for the source of forged art, while cruising aboard a luxury ocean liner. DJ meets Ron, her Jewish mother's dream, and while things heat up in the bedroom, the trail of art fakes warms up too. DJ learns her newly acquired paintings by her favorite artist are probably fakes, and she's hopping mad. DJ tangles with, Shannon Phillips art dealer and slick con-artist. DJ is certain that Shannon is neck deep in the deceptions. Shannon may be hiding more than phony art--her boss is dead--and she's a suspect. The rollicking tale takes the sleuthing lovers from Mexico to Italy with stops in Sin City and the Big Apple. Just as they seem to be closing in on the bad guys and the truth, DJ is attacked, leaving her in a bloody coma. Will Ron save the day? In this light whodunit, Marks' unlikely heroine, DJ Singer sparkles as the 40-something, smart-mouthed sleuth looking for love and adventure in all the right places. Readers who like "Stephanie Plum" stories will love this debut novel.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Stephens Press
ISBN  1932173730  
ISBN13  9781932173734  

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very interesting, quick read!!  Jul 16, 2008
As my title of the review states, very interesting and this book is a quick read, but I mean that in a postive. It moves quickly through the chapters and keeps the reader engrossed. I didn't pay enough attention when I started the book and was caught off guard by the method the author employs, which is using different 1st person accounts in each chapter. Once I realized the person giving the narrative in Ch. 2 was not the same person giving the narrative in Ch. 1, I was OK. It is effective, allowing the author the move through various plot lines and time frames effectively. The mystery kept me guessing, and the details provided more than lent an air of authenticity to the story that was compelling. I even learned something about art. All in all, a nice weekend book, nice ending, exotic locals and engaging characters make for a fun time.
Great Read!  Jun 25, 2008
This book came highly recommended to me by a friend and when I checked it out I wasn't really sure what to expect. But they have yet to steer me wrong, so I picked up the book from this site and I'm so glad I did!

This is the type of book that makes reading books fun again. The adventure, the plot twists, the attention to detail, and the author's unique writing/storytelling make this book a true page turner. I couldn't put it down!

Highly recommended for anyone who's looking for a great new book to curl up with. I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer!
Enjoyable romp and an insightful read.  Jun 9, 2008
What a terrific surprise this book was! After following a curious trail from a mysterious Youtube video, I came across this book's website ( Enjoying what I read there, I took a shot and bought the book off of this site.

Not knowing anything about the author, I didn't know what to expect. I am happy to report, 'Artists Proof' is a splendidly woven tale with many plot twists and an engaging, historically relevant, pretext. This has been some of the best time spent with a book in a long while.

I heartily recommend 'Artists Proof' to anyone that cares for cut-above writing and drama. I look forward to Marks' next book. She's well-earned herself a new fan.
Filled with mysteries, plot twists, and shocking secrets   May 29, 2008
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (4/08)

"Artist's Proof" is a novel that contains mystery, murder, and many secrets. Shannon Phillips is an art dealer who conducts auctions on luxury cruise ships. She is quite persuasive in getting people to purchase expensive artwork from renowned artists. DJ Singer is one such customer. While on a cruise, DJ meets Ron, the man of her dreams, but becomes involved in more than she ever could have expected. Ron's uncle questions the authenticity of some paintings by the late Sol Fleming that DJ purchased. Adding to the mystery is the fact that excerpts from Fleming's diary are appearing on the internet and no one knows who is posting them or why. As DJ and Ron try to figure out the truth, their journey leads them all the way to Italy where they question whether a large and influential organization may be behind these occurrences.

The author tells the story from the viewpoints of Shannon and DJ. Each chapter alternates between their stories. Author Marks cleverly uses different print styles to help the reader recognize that a different character is being featured. Both characters are portrayed realistically, with their backgrounds well-documented with the reasons for their insecurities.

The beauty that can be found in art and nature plays an important part in this book. The descriptions of the scenery as DJ and Ron traveled through Italy conjured up vivid images in my mind. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the paintings and artists mentioned throughout the book as well as the different styles of art. The information about how some works of art are made or reproduced was interesting and educational.

Lander Marks does a nice job of building the plot, meticulously adding new information for the reader to absorb. In contrast, the ending was quite abrupt, with the truth being rapidly revealed. Although I loved finding out what truly happened, the mysteries could have been unravelled more slowly. This would have provided more of a shocking effect and a dramatic buildup to the ending.

"Artist's Proof" is filled with mysteries, plot twists, and shocking secrets that keep the reader trying to guess how the story will end. Anyone looking for a good mystery should give this book a try.


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