By Ian Rankin
3 pals descend upon an artwork public sale looking for a few pleasure. Mike Mackenzie-retired software program wealthy person, bachelor and superb artwork enthusiast-wants whatever that money cannot purchase. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is tired of his banking occupation and pressured via a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an paintings professor, is pissed off that such a lot of work remain hidden in company boardrooms, safes and personal flats. After the auction-and an opportunity stumble upon with crime boss Chib Calloway-Robert and Allan recommend the "liberation" of a number of work from the nationwide Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. as an alternative, he hopes they're serious.
As enterprising girlfriends, shrewdpermanent detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate input the image, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged mystery, a faced-past tale of moment guesses and double crosses that retain altering the image, correct till the harrowing end.