This is the third and final book of Marcia Muller's Elena Oliverez trilogy, completing the exploits of her Hispanic art museum curator. The first was: "The Tree of Death" and the second was "The Legend of the Slain Soldiers." However, this final outing was co-authored with Bill Pronzini (who is now Muller's husband). Pronzini employs his lesser-known (to his famous Nameless Detective that Sharon McCone calls Wolf) Quincannon who lived about a century ago. I think this trilogy gets better book by book, so I actually liked this one the best. It's interesting to see both Muller and Pronzini write about protagonists other than their famous ones (Sharon McCone and Nameless, respectively). Muller also authored the Joanna Stark trilogy about an art security expert. The Elena Oliverez series is heavily into the world of Hispanic art but is highly dosed with the personalities of its highly divergent characters--highlighting human foibles. It is not a continuing saga like the Stark trilogy, but is connected in time and in the characters involved. Interestingly, Muller gives Elena a cameo appearance in her latest Sharon McCone adventure: "The Dangerous Hour." I find both Elena and Quincannon appealing. I consider this one of her best works--I liked this book very much, and it's worth reading the entire trilogy. I am not as familiar with Pronzini's works, however, the two have collaborated on several novels so far "Duo" and "Double" as well as editing numerous themed short story collections together (e.g. "Child's Play," "Kill or Cure," "The Wickedist Show on Earth," and the western story collection, "She Won the West"). In other of the novels written together, sections describing each character's actions flip flop between the two authors. However, in prior efforts, they employed McCone and Nameless; here each uses a different protagonist. Also, in this book there is a major time lapse between the eras of the two characters making this an unusual and especially intriguing work. I've read over 30 of Muller's works, and I consider this one of the 5 best. Enjoy!