Treasure of Saint-Lazare: The story of an epic theft during World War II, when the Nazis stole Raphael’s painting “Portrait of a Young Man,” a work of immeasurable value. A true History Mystery — a thriller based on a true story, introducing Eddie Grant and his fiancée Aurélie Cabillaud in Paris, and Eddie’s former lover Jen in Sarasota. Treasure was chosen the top historical mystery of 2014 by the Readers’ Favorite review site. (The painting has never been found, but the Polish government says it exists somewhere safe.) Read this one first. Ranked in the top 1% of all Kindle books.
Last Stop: Paris: The sequel, which ties up the loose ends. The mastermind who thinks Eddie has the painting kidnaps Aurélie. In a dramatic escape, including a knife fight on a Paris métro platform, she frees herself and together she and Eddie run the criminal-in-chief to ground. A stirring international mystery centered on the picturesque Seine and the Parisian neighborhoods around it. One of five finalists for the 2015 “Indie Best book of Shelf Unbound Magazine. Also ranked in the top 1%.
The Good Sailor (working title): The Good Sailor (working title): Coming next, the third in the series. Eddie, Aurélie and their friends help Mark and Kate find the killer who tried to wipe them out — part of a conspiracy to dominate European politics. Subscribe to receive a free manuscript extract in PDF. (If you’re already a subscriber, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it to you.)
“A fast-paced thriller spanning the globe from Paris to the states, Treasure of Saint-Lazare takes off with the hit-and-run murder of a former partner of Eddie Grant’s father. The two were Monuments Men, American soldiers who attempted to recover stolen artwork from the Nazis. Eddie and Jen, his former flame, investigate the crime, discovering it may be linked to a tragedy in Eddie’s family from years ago. Reminiscent of Steve Berry’s The Amber Room, Pearce takes the reader on an action-packed journey from Paris’s glittering streets to Florida’s Sarasota, the scene of the crime, searching for answers. A nice blend of history, art and action.”
“I knew two of the Monuments Men, and their stories fascinated me. John Pearce has captured with brio both the excitement and the historical weight of the Nazi project to steal the culture of their enemies. Fiction is more often than not more informative than history. Bravo!”
“Pearce weaves richly textured descriptions of life in Paris through an intricate plot with believable, well-drawn characters. Overall, this is a satisfying mystery, a surprising love story, and an up close look into the dark days of Europe as WWII drew to a close. “
“John Pearce’s first novel, Treasure of Saint-Lazare, set a high bar for international mystery, but his second, Last Stop: Paris, easily meets and surpasses it. This novel captures the very soul of contemporary Europe, crossing borders with apparently effortless aplomb. And his enterprising character, Eddie Grant, continues to fascinate with his combination of European sophistication and American ingenuity. But Paris too is a main character; Pearce must know that city even better than he knows the back of his hand. “
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