When Jesus of Nazareth raised Lazarus from the dead, there was an artist in the crowd who would record the event for posterity. As the years passed, the artist’s painting was lost; ravaged in a natural disaster. A second painter picked up his brushes and again recorded the event as his inspired thoughts and feeling dictated. Again, well after his lifetime, his work was also lost. And so the succession of painters continued through the generations.
Ulla and Brodie are art thieves with a difference. They steal to right wrongs. When they seek a painting by Toledo artist Francisco Cortez rumored to have healing powers, they never imagined the conflicts they would encounter or the hand that God’s will had dealt them.
Ulla and Brodie are characters with a complex relationship and a definite Robin Hood complex. While they are somewhat exaggerated, they are likable and worthy of the reader’s empathy. The Condesa, a terminally ill matron, seeking Cortez’s painting for its healing power, is a victim. While one’s sympathy for her may waiver, I found myself hoping the painting would be found before she died of her illness. Maxwell Throgmorton is a thoroughly disgusting arch-villain bent on theft at any cost.
The Lazarus Succession is a fast paced thriller of epic proportions. More than cops and robbers, it entwines a tale of Divine will among the sordid motivations of men. It is sure to satisfy the most devoted crime action thriller reader.