In April 1945, The Nazis, reeling and near defeat, frantically work to hide the huge store of art treasures that Hitler has looted from Europe. Truck convoys loaded with the cultural wealth of the Western world pour in an unending stream into the compound of the vast Altaussee salt mine high in the Austrian Alps. But with the Allies closing in, the vaunted efficiency of the Nazis has broken down. At Altaussee, all is tumult and confusion. In the commotion a single truck, its driver, and its priceless load of masterpieces vanish into a mountain snowstorm. Half-a-century later, in a seedy Boston pawnshop, ex-curator Ben Revere makes a stunning discovery among the piles of junk: A Velazquez from the legendary Lost Truck. But with it come decades of secrets, rancor, and lies, and the few who know of the painting's existence have their lives snuffed out one by one by an unknown assassin. Revere must travel back to the grand cities of Europe to unravel the tangled history of the lost truck and its treasures before fifty years of hatred, greed, and retribution catch up with him.
©2011 Aaron Elkins (P)2013 Audible Inc.
I enjoyed this story immensely! Very unique and entirely plausible to me. Definitely recommend to those readers who wish to expand their knowledge of classic fine art, European destinations not overly mentioned in books, and just the right amount of Holocaust references to remind us not to forget, without making the story depressing. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the unique cast of characters to life! A hidden gem I hope more readers discover!
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