|About the Book|
His regular customers call him a magician, a bartending savant...never forgets a face or a preferred drink...has a ton of different costumes, so he never looks the same from one night to the next...never hurries because hes never behind...knows allMoreHis regular customers call him a magician, a bartending savant...never forgets a face or a preferred drink...has a ton of different costumes, so he never looks the same from one night to the next...never hurries because hes never behind...knows all the best jokes...plays the Ukulele...all the women love him...AND...he has a birthday every few months, regular as a clock.Wendell Shaw was a bartender by night and a college student studying Fine Arts by day. He seemed to have it all...looks, brains, money, a hot little car, a fantastic apartment...until one day when his life just seemed to veer off course.Nanette and Bridget are also Fine Arts students at the same college. They are sisters, and two of the most beautiful girls Wendell has ever seen. They seem to have it all, as well, but are not looking forward to the boring summer laid out ahead of them. Wendell doesnt really know them, except that he sees them around school now and then...but hed like to. Bridget has the talent to paint pictures like one of the old Grandmasters. She likes to forge masterpieces and give them away as presents.Robby is a colleague of Wendells from work. One day he sees an article in a newspaper about a big art theft from a museum in San Diego and muses that stealing valuable paintings would be much better than going through life waiting on tables at a steakhouse. Wendell is quick to agree.Professor Carr, a Fine Arts expert, seems much more like an underworld character than a man of letters. When their classroom discussion turns to art theft, he picks up immediately on Wendells thoughts on the subject. On an unexpected visit to Wendells bar, he throws out a baited hook. Or was it the other way around?As they say, it was a perfect storm. A plot is hatched to forge paintings that were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston fifteen years before, a crime that is still not solved. Bridget will paint the pictures, Professor Carr will supervise Bridgets work and make the arrangements for the sale, Robby will be the muscle and drive the getaway car, and Wendell and Nanette will be the front people handling the exchange. It is a perfect plan. Since no one has seen the paintings for so long, the whole scheme just seems to be a lot like taking candy from a baby...right up until things begin to go terribly wrong.I a fast-paced tale set in Boston, Los Angeles, Sausalito and the Oregon coast, David Schaefer has thrown a new twist into the shroud of mystery surrounding the biggest art theft in history.