Something seems to be seriously awry with San Francisco's art community. Annie Kincaid, an ex-art forger-gone-straight, breaks the news that the “sculpture” hanging from a tree in an art gallery's grisly new garden exhibition is actually an all-too-real corpse. Then Annie hears that an old friend of her father's, the successful, reclusive sculptor Robert Pascal, has been accused of stealing his own work back from its rightful owners. For a hefty fee, Annie agrees to try to talk the artist into returning the massive marble carving, but there is more to this case than first meets the eye. Annie soon finds out that the cantankerous old man claims to be “repairing” large numbers of sculptures imported from Latin America, and that the original “stolen” statue has been replaced with a copy.
Meanwhile, a Chagall painting is stolen from the Brock Museum, and Annie's old friend Bryan is accused of being in on the fix. To track down the missing Chagall, she'll need the dubious assistance of a certain sexy art thief. And if Michael—or whatever his real name may be—isn't distraction enough, Annie's mother shows up in town, acting strangely. Annie's got to solve these mysteries, and fast—because art is long, but life can be very, very short.
This report prepared by Julie Lewis