A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorWilliam Warwick NovelsMuch to his father's dismay, William Warwick rejects a career in law to join London's Metropolitan Police Force. He advances from a beat cop to a detective in Scotland Yard's arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting, William meets and falls in love with Beth Rainsford, a gallery research assistant. As William searches for the missing masterpiece, he comes up against art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, who are willing to bend the law to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Faulkner's wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?
"In Archer's multivolume Clifton Chronicles, one of the central characters was a novelist whose popular protagonist was William Warwick, a detective with the London police. Now Archer is launching a new series, starring Warwick. Sure, it's a little meta: a series about a fictional character who was created in another series by another fictional character. But it's also a fine novel. Archer has a real gift for family sagas, and here, with Warwick, he's launching what promises to be a series just as riveting as the Clifton Chronicles. We pick up William's story early in his career, as he rejects his attorney father's entreaties to follow in his footsteps and instead joins the Metropolitan Police Force's arts and antiquities squad, where he attempts to track down a missing Rembrandt (among other interesting cases). Readers who know Warwick from the Chronicles will be interested to learn more about him (such as exactly how he acquired the nemesis who haunts his every move later in his career), but previous knowledge of the character is certainly not necessary to enjoy this first in what we hope will be a long series.--David Pitt Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"An opening note to bestseller Archer's enjoyable series launch informs the reader: "This is not a detective story, this is a story about a detective," the detective being William Warwick from the author's Clifton Chronicles (This Was a Man, etc.). In 1979, William, who has always wanted to be a police detective, tells his father he's not going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a barrister. Joining the London police force straight out of school, he quickly proves himself to his superiors and in short order moves from patrol officer to fledgling detective for Scotland Yard's Arts and Antiquities unit, where he investigates forgeries, counterfeit antiquities, a missing Rembrandt, and a master art thief. A fully realized character, the intelligent Warrick is ambitious but naive with a lot to learn. He's surrounded by a distinctive cast of family, colleagues, and villains, while a well-placed romantic situation fills out a near-perfect hand. The final section dealing with dueling courtroom dramas brings genuine suspense to a relatively bloodless, but thoroughly gripping, tale. Archer reinforces his position as a master storyteller. 300,000 announced first printing. (Sept.)"
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William Warwick Novels #1.
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