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The Appraisal

Anna Porter

This astute, entertaining literary thriller features Helena Marsh, an art authenticator hot on the trail of an extorted painting in Budapest, skirting the law to return it to its rightful heir. In the vein of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels comes this year's smart new thriller with literary chops When wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family's Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. But nothing is ever simple in this beautiful, flawed city where corruption abounds. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin's notorious gulags. As she works to unravel the truth of the painting's ownership and dodges her tail, the dogged ex-detective Attila Feher, Helena is forced to call on all her considerable skills to stay alive and out of jail. Smart, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining, The Appraisal is a terrific thriller set against Budapest's corruption and lost promise.

This astute, entertaining literary thriller features Helena Marsh, an art authenticator hot on the trail of an extorted painting in Budapest, skirting the law to return it to its rightful heir. In the vein of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels comes this year's smart new thriller with literary chops When wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family's Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. But nothing is ever simple in this beautiful, flawed city where corruption abounds. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin's notorious gulags. As she works to unravel the truth of the painting's ownership and dodges her tail, the dogged ex-detective Attila Feher, Helena is forced to call on all her considerable skills to stay alive and out of jail. Smart, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining, The Appraisal is a terrific thriller set against Budapest's corruption and lost promise.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

This astute, entertaining literary thriller features Helena Marsh, an art authenticator hot on the trail of an extorted painting in Budapest, skirting the law to return it to its rightful heir. In the vein of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels comes this year's smart new thriller with literary chops When wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family's Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. But nothing is ever simple in this beautiful, flawed city where corruption abounds. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin's notorious gulags. As she works to unravel the truth of the painting's ownership and dodges her tail, the dogged ex-detective Attila Feher, Helena is forced to call on all her considerable skills to stay alive and out of jail. Smart, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining, The Appraisal is a terrific thriller set against Budapest's corruption and lost promise.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tandy Cronyn

Length:

9h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

36:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:35