Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.
Tyler slides into a simple life of bartending in New York City, living his life day-to-day. And then at the hottest art opening of the season he meets Kommate Imasu, a Japanese billionaire and famed art collector, who seems to know more about Tyler than his own mother does. With serious threats against his family and friends, Tyler has to decide how much risk he’ll take to protect them. He quickly learns that gambling against a billionaire is never a good idea. Tyler plunges headfirst into a world of art forgers, hit-men, Yakuza, a femme fatal named Chanel No. 5, and the legendary curse of Van Gogh, in order to pull off the greatest art heist in history.
I wasn’t sure I would like this book because it doesn’t fit into my normal genres. But I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself unable to stop reading, just so I’d know how it ended.
Tyler is a recovering art thief. After going to jail, he is just trying to work a normal job and be a normal person. Enter Kommate Imasu who seems to have his fingers in every single part of the world and he wants an expensive, famous piece of art. He will accept no answer except “Yes”. In order to save his family and friends from Imasu, Tyler sets out to do one last, mega art heist.
Here’s what I loved about this book – the pace. It was quick. There wasn’t a lot of description down time. Sometimes you want that – to know about the surroundings, what people are thinking and doing. Not in this type of book (at least for me). I really liked that every word was setting up for the next. That we were always moving forward toward the final goal – would Tyler be able to pull this off. It was exciting and I found it hard to put the book down to go to sleep at night.
I am sure there are people out there who are discuss (in-depth) the reasons why Tyler would never be able to pull this off. It’s funny when people do that. This book is clearly fiction…..it’s about the fantasy of it. I think Paul Hoppe did a great job of giving us enough “Could that really happen?”
And because I am a romance girl at heart, Hoppe threw in a bit of it. Just enough to make sense and not clog up the book with details and scenarios that didn’t really fit but enough to appease this romantic heart of mine.
If you are a fan of The Davinci Code, I think you will like The Curse of Van Gogh although I truly believe everyone will really enjoy it.
Paul Hoppe worked as a lobbyist in Washington DC, a stockbroker on Wall Street, and a screenwriter in Hollywood before writing his first novel. He has lived on four different continents and currently splits his time between the High Sierras and the beaches of Australia.