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The Caravaggio Conspiracy
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 January 2014
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This book was a very pleasant surprise, far too often today thrillers are formulaic and predictable, the "bad guy" standing out by a country mile. Not the case in the clever well written interesting tale. The plot and the characters are extremely well written, very real and often very flawed, the true triumph of the book being Gil Eckhart, such a multi dimensional interesting lead character, but with a great supporting cast.

The back plot of Caravaggio provides an educational and illuminating setting both in the world of the art trade and also with the use of timeslip 1608 Europe. I loved the idea of a long lost descendant suddenly appearing and throwing the art world into turmoil with the revelation that not one but two long lost master pieces could be about to resurface. The resulting appearance of an old Killer, many years silent is both disturbing and chilling, with some very cleverly derived murders.

The book sped by and entertained me immensely.I will be without doubt picking up the other books by this author, finding a good thriller writer is hard, finding a great one is nigh on impossible. (thanks Milo for this tip)

Highly recommended

(Parm)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I am a great fan of Alex Connor's work - so I had great expectations for The Caravaggio Conspiracy - I was not disappointed, I could not put it down. From the moment you begin reading you are captured by the fast paced plot the unexpected twists and turns. The characters are beautifully drawn and the book is so full of atmosphere. I enjoyed it very much and was glad that I was reading it on holiday so that I could read it in one go!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
On my last book by this author, I love when I find a great read, pleased when I find they have written others of the same genre, disappointed when the others don't live up to the first.
I hate that I'm on my last of the ones by Alex Connor and even though I've found so many good reads through the Amazon 'others like' links and already downloaded more of the same genre. (God knows how to describe the genre: investigative, murder, historical twist, archeological and biblical 'discovery.). And no, they aren't perfect, although perfectly gory in parts, but hey, that's part of what makes these books, in my view, such a great read. I am going to be waiting impatiently for the next Alex Connor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
great story, kept me spellbound. would recommend this book to all. really good to read about the art world and its Schlesinger.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
This is another brilliant, romping thriller from Alex Connor that keeps you in suspense and on your toes for the whole read! Thoroughly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
This was a very interesting read giving you a potted history of Caravaggio as well as really exciting pacy thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
Alex's notion of setting thriller plots on top of the art world just works. It's not difficult to imagine that with the amount of money in the industry a lot of dishonest ongoings occur. The characters in this story will do anything to protect their reputations and fortunes. I found the book to be well written, with deep and interesting characters and settings, and an exciting plot that kept me guessing until the end. I see no reason why anyone who enjoys thrillers would not thoroughly enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2014
Alex Connor is an extremely talented and imaginative writer, and I've enjoyed the three other books of hers that I have read (especially THE DEAF HOUSE!). Her prose is vivid and lush, describing emotions and human thought processes powerfully and efficiently. As an art historian Ms. Connor has written a series of crime novels related to famous historical artists, connecting actual mysteries and scandals of their lives and works to modern day crime thrillers.
Caravaggio is one of my favorite authors and his short life in the 1600s was filled with violence, illicit pleasures, scandal, and mystery – the perfect historical person to base a modern day mystery/thriller on.
THE CARAVAGGIO CONSPIRACY is a gripping fast-paced, page-turner (I read it on a long airplane ride) that whipsaws the reader from London, to New York, to New Delhi etc., and from past to current to past again. The mystery is complex and engaging. The hero, Gil Eckhart races to solve a horrific double homicide, a pair of past homicides, and the mysteries of Caravaggio’s two missing masterpieces – one stolen in the 1960s and the other disappeared in Nazi Germany during WWII. He is also juggling his own traumatic past, his pregnant wife’s needs and safety, and a list of suspects spread around the globe.
This is good stuff, which takes you deep inside the ruthless underbelly of the world of unscrupulous art dealers. It has the potential to be a really terrific movie – and I’m looking forward to reading more of her “art” thrillers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 March 2014
I chose this book when it was recommended to me via a marketing email from Amazon. I read the reviews and decided I would give it a try and downloaded it to my Kindle.

I am so happy I did! I read the book in four chunks and found it very hard to put down, as my title suggests, I found it a real page turner. The characters are real, flaws and all, and the story takes place in the art world, of which I know little about and so it also proved rather informative for me. I won't go into the plot, as you can read the synopsis for the book description, enough to say that I couldn't guess the murderer, and the ending certainly surprised me. I will certainly be downloading more from Alex Connor.
If you like a fast paced book, with realistic characters and a clever plot, this is a book for you - enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2014
This was a bit slow burner but nonetheless enjoyable. I only gave 3 stars due to:

The author hadn't provided readers with any clues and as such it was impossible to form a hypothesis and prove it while progressing the text. The whole point of this genre is to solve the crime with the protagonist. Therefore one star less.

I took out half a star for typos. There are quite a few in the book. This is not what I would expect from a published book.

Another half a star for bad German. I assume the author used a computer translator to translate English to German. The result was in many cases very poor.

Summing up, if you look for a good crime this isn't for you. It is rather bad. But if you look for a nice book for holiday, you should read it.
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