|Plot Summary of Feint of Art|
Annie Kincaid is an artist with an ill-kept secret. As a teenager Annie studied – and mastered – the art of the fake at the knee of her rogue of a grandfather, the master art forger Georges LeFleur. Now thirty-one and entirely legitimate, Annie owns a faux finishing business in San Francisco and is proud to say that she hasn't been arrested for forgery since the eve of her seventeenth birthday.
As Feint of Art opens, Annie has a midnight assignation with Ernst Pettigrew, the head curator of San Francisco's snooty Brock Museum and Annie's ex-boyfriend. Ernst asks Annie to evaluate the Brock's newest acquisition, a priceless Caravaggio painting called The Magi. Annie immediately recognizes not only that The Magi is a fake, but also who forged it. When a Brock employee is murdered and Ernst disappears, Annie reluctantly becomes embroiled once again in her grandfather's group of art felons, forgers, and fakes.
At the same time, Annie has one week to find some stolen drawings in order to collect a reward that will help her to stave off eviction from her studio. Coincidentally – or is it? – the search for the drawings leads her to the same evasive Polish art forger responsible for the fake Caravaggio. The confusion increases when Annie discovers yet another forgery of the Caravaggio, this one painted by none other than her grandfather Georges.
As the mystery unravels, Annie runs into and after a number of offbeat characters: a handsome art thief posing as an Egyptologist; a new landlord who runs an art security business; a well-liked art dealer in debt to a loan shark; the Brock Museum matriarch and her addict of a nephew; a lovesick Bosnian; a wealthy society matron with a taste for purloined art; an emaciated model and her sister, a small-time fence; and a host of villains with a variety of motives for stealing and forging fine art. Throughout, Feint of Art describes Old Master techniques, methods of forgery, and recipes for faux finishing.
This synopsis report prepared by Julie Lewis
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|Chapter Analysis of Feint of Art|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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