The Art Detective. A Deal with the Mafia: the spine-chilling quest for an ancient mosaic and Oscar Wilde's ring
Original title: De Kunst Detective
Arthur Brand is the Indiana Jones of the art world. – DWDD
Brand is like a crusader, a Tintin and a Superman at the same time. – De Standaard
He knows how to keep his readers in suspense. – Le Journal du Dimanche
The art detective and a criminal wanted by the police go on a quest for an ancient mosaic and Oscar Wilde’s stolen ring.
Art detective Arthur Brand meets an alleged mobster in London who is wanted by several police departments. His name is Tamas and he claims to be innocent. He makes Brand an offer he can’t refuse. They form a secret alliance and set out on a quest to retrieve two world-famous stolen art treasures – the Saint Mark mosaic and Oscar Wilde’s ring. They soon realize they are not only up against police forces. Members of the feared Turkish Grey Wolves and the renowned jewel thieves Pink Panthers cross their path. Along the way, Brand begins to question Tamas’ innocence. Is he, as Interpol claims, a real capo di tutti capi of the Cosa Nostra? There seems to be no way out, but help comes in an unexpected way. In this case in the form of Brand’s worst enemy, the notorious Van Gogh robber Octave ‘Okkie’ Durham, who offers him a helping hand. Eventually Brand manages to recover the Saint Mark mosaic and Oscar Wilde’s ring. With these discoveries, the famous art detective Brand once again hits the headlines worldwide.
This was perhaps the most difficult and thrilling search of my life. I spent a year and a half preparing everything for this big moment. When I was in Monaco, everything fell apart. The informant got arrested, government officials and middlemen backed out. I was completely devastated. I had two options; to crawl under my bed, or – because I was looking for that needle in the haystack- burn down the haystack. I did the latter. – Arthur Brand (on recovering the Saint Mark mosaic)
- English sample available
- Brand’s stories read like a thriller or detective, but they are all true.
- The translation rights for Hitler’s Horses have been sold to twelve countries and there is a movie deal with MGM.
- Arthur Brand has appeared on radio and television shows and is known to a wide audience; the Dutch broadcasting company MAX has successfully brought his stories to the TV-screens nationwide.
- Brand has hit international headlines with his spectacular art recoveries.
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