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B.A. Shapiro, whose previous books have sold over half a million copies, once again weaves together historical and imagined characters to create a psychological art thriller, this time set in 1920s Paris and Philadelphia, where one fascinating woman must disguise her identity in order to reclaim it. It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris—broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning NY Times bestseller, The Art Forger and national bestseller The Muralist.
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