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Woman on fire a novel

by Barr, Lisa,

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From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece{u2014}forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth. After talking her way into a job with Dan Mansfield, the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual{u2014}and very secret{u2014}assignment. Dan needs her to locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier: legendary Expressionist artist Ernst Engel's most famous work, Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan's help to find it. But Jules doesn't have much time; the famous designer is dying. Meanwhile, in Europe, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family's millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules. Yet the passionate and determined Jules has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis's grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist in his own right, Adam was once in Margaux's clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he'll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux gets to it first. A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Barr's latest (after The Unbreakables, 2019) invites readers into the seductive art scene, where one painting may cost a young journalist her life. "Woman on Fire" is the last known painting of Ernst Engel, a German artist labeled as degenerate by Hitler and later killed by the Nazis. Featuring a stunning blonde engulfed in color, the painting has captivated the art world ever since it disappeared during World War II. When a cache of Nazi-stolen artwork disappears after the robbery and murder of a former Nazi sympathizer, many wonder if "Woman on Fire" had been among the pieces. One of those wondering is Ellis Baum, a famous shoe designer who has ties to the painting that he's been keeping secret for decades. Ellis hires journalists Dan Mansfield and Jules Roth to investigate the murder, hoping it will lead them to the painting. But someone else wants the painting and will kill to keep it out of anyone else's hands. Woman on Fire is a sharp, propulsive page-turner that will keep readers in suspense."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ambitious fledgling reporter Jules Roth, the heroine of this masterly, multifaceted thriller from Barr (The Unbreakables), lands a job working for her personal hero, investigative journalist Dan Mansfield, who appreciates the young woman's moxie. He invites her to join his small team, which is attempting to track down Woman on Fire, the last work of German Expressionist Ernst Engel, who was murdered in 1939. Dan is pursuing the painting on behalf of his good friend, famed shoe designer Ellis Baum, whose mother posed for the masterpiece. Young Ellis had seen the painting being taken from his home by a Nazi officer, and now, as he's nearing death, longs for it to be returned to his family. Jules and the team aren't the only ones lusting after the elusive picture, which is now worth millions. Ruthless Margaux de Laurent, considered the most important gallerist in the world, will stop at nothing to possess it. The action leaps between art capitals in the United States and Europe, intermingling the action-packed present day with thrilling episodes from the 1930s and 1940s that reveal Woman on Fire's turbulent history. Barr's vigorous prose complements her fully realized characters. Readers will be gripped from start to finish. Agent: Stephanie Abou, Massie & McQuilkin. (Mar.)"
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Subjects Women journalists Fiction
Painting Fiction
Art thefts Germany History 20th century Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
Lost works of art Fiction
Journalists Fiction
National socialism and art Fiction
Historical Fiction
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
20th century
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2022
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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ISBN 9780063040892
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