By Nora Roberts
A novel of bold deception and hope from the number 1 New York Times bestselling author…
After an attack at her relatives domestic in Maine, Dr. Miranda Jones is decided to place the event in the back of her. Distraction comes whilst she is summoned to Italy—to ensure the authenticity of a Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan referred to as The darkish woman. yet rather than cementing Miranda’s acceptance because the top specialist within the box, the task approximately destroys it while her expert judgment is named into query. Emotionally estranged from her mom, with a brother immersed in his personal issues, Miranda has nobody to show to…except Ryan Boldari, a seductive artwork thief whose personal schedule forces them right into a reluctant alliance.
Now it turns into transparent that the incident in Maine used to be no longer an easy mugging—and that The darkish girl may well own as many secrets and techniques as its appealing namesake as soon as did. For Miranda, pressured to depend on herself—and a associate who bargains her either unnerving suspicion and intoxicating passion—the in simple terms means house is full of deception, treachery, and a probability that threatens all of them.
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Please are available and take a seat. Lori, carry my calls please. am i able to get you espresso, Detective? ” “No, thank you. I’m reducing. Caffeine and tobacco, they’re genuine killers. ” He settled right into a chair, took out his pc. “Dr. Jones—Dr. Andrew Jones tells me that the piece that used to be taken was once insured. ” “The Institute is totally insured opposed to robbery, and hearth. ” “Five hundred thousand cash. Isn’t lot for a bit piece like that? It wasn’t signed or whatever both, is that correct? ” “The artist used to be unknown, yet believed to be a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. ” She longed to nurse the nagging pain in her temple, yet saved her fingers nonetheless. “It was once a good learn of David, circa 1524. ” She’d validated it herself, she idea sourly. And nobody had wondered her findings. “Five hundred thousand is easily in the variety should still the piece were auctioned or offered to a collector,” she extra. “You do this type of factor the following? ” cook dinner pursed his lips. “Sell off? ” “Occasionally. We additionally collect. It’s a part of our objective. ” He allow his gaze skim round her place of work. effective, neat, with high-end apparatus and a table that used to be most likely worthy a small fortune to boot. “It takes some huge cash to run a spot like this. ” “Yes, it does. the costs we generate for periods, consulting paintings, and admissions hide a wide a part of it. There’s additionally a belief fund arrange via my grandfather. additionally buyers usually donate money or collections. ” even though it flickered via her brain that it would be clever to name their attorney, she leaned ahead. “Detective prepare dinner, we don’t want thousand funds in coverage funds to run the Institute. ” “I bet it’s a drop within the bucket. in fact, for a few humans it’s a pleasant chew of switch. specifically in the event that they gamble or have money owed, or simply are looking to purchase a complicated vehicle. ” even if tight her neck and shoulders have been now, she met his gaze levelly. “I don’t gamble, I don’t have any tough money owed, and i've a vehicle. ” “If you’ll excuse me announcing so, Dr. Jones, you don’t appear rather disillusioned approximately this loss. ” “Is my being dissatisfied going that can assist you get better the bronze? ” He clucked his tongue. “You obtained some extent. Your brother now, he’s lovely shaken up. ” simply because her eyes clouded, she dropped her gaze and stared into the is still of her tea. “He feels accountable. he is taking issues to center. ” “And you don’t? ” “Feel accountable, or take issues to middle? ” she countered, then lifted her palms a couple of inches off the table. “In this situation, neither. ” “Just for my notes, may you brain going over your night for me? ” “All correct. ” Her muscle tissue had bunched up back, yet she spoke frivolously. “Andrew and that i either labored until eventually round seven. I despatched my assistant domestic simply after six. I had a long-distance name presently after. ” “From? ” “Florence, Italy. An affiliate of mine. ” misery burned below her breastbone like an ulcer. “I think we have been at the telephone for ten mins, possibly rather less. Andrew dropped through the following a section after that. We had a dialogue, and left jointly correct round seven. ” “Do you always come and visit interact?