Chris Norgren

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 91 ratings

A Deceptive Clarity Publisher's Summary

Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance art expert, heads to Berlin to assist in mounting a sensational exhibit: The Plundered Past - twenty priceless Old Masters looted by the Nazis, thought for decades to be lost forever, and only recently rediscovered. But things quickly get out of hand when Chris's patrician, fastidious boss, after smelling a forgery in the lot, turns up dead the very next day - on the steps of a dismal Frankfurt brothel, of all places.

Now Chris faces two daunting tasks: finding a fake painting among the masterpieces, and a real killer whose sights are now set on him.

©1987 Aaron Elkins (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Deceptive Clarity

    • A Chris Norgren Mystery
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Corey Snow
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance art expert, heads to Berlin to assist in mounting a sensational exhibit: The Plundered Past - twenty priceless Old Masters looted by the Nazis, thought for decades to be lost forever, and only recently rediscovered. But things quickly get out of hand when Chris's patrician, fastidious boss, after smelling a forgery in the lot, turns up dead the very next day - on the steps of a dismal Frankfurt brothel, of all places.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How great this art!

    • By Mary B. Wheeler on 11-20-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • A Glancing Light

    • A Chris Norgren Mystery
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Corey Snow
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Mild-mannered and law-abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Seattle Art Museum, is an unlikely undercover investigator, but when a priceless Rubens portrait is discovered in a shipment of "authentic reproductions" in a local warehouse, Chris is pressed into service to find out how it got there. The quest leads him to the medieval city of Bologna, one of his favorite places, but all too soon what might have been a welcome Italian interlude turns into a bizarre journey into shady art world doings and murderous secrets....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Anne on 03-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Old Scores

    • A Chris Norgren Mystery
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Corey Snow
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    It's a headline-making story: the discovery of a previously unknown Rembrandt. Ren Vachey, the iconoclastic art dealer who claims to have uncovered it, wants to make a gift of it to the Seattle Art Museum, but curator Chris Norgren is wary. Vachey is notorious in art circles for perpetrating scandalous shams; not for profit but for the sheer fun of embarrassing the elite and snobbish "experts" of the art establishment. And thanks to the web of strings attached to Vachey's donation (e.g., no scientific testing permitted), even Rembrandt expert Chris is uncertain as to whether or not the painting is authentic.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Cringe-Worthy Pronunciation

    • By Peggie on 07-15-16

    Regular price: $19.95