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Treasure of Saint-Lazare [Kindle Edition]

John Pearce
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Book Description

A TORTURED MAN'S quest to exorcise his personal demons and earn the trust of the woman he loves take him into the dangerous center of a criminal gang whose roots reach back to World War II.

The shadow of his family's death looms over Eddie Grant as an enticing woman from his past returns, forcing him to reconsider the painful issues in his family's life.

A romantic novel of Paris. Treasure of Saint-Lazare has reached #25 on the Kindle historical mysteries best-seller list.


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Reviewed by Sharon Fawley for Readers' Favorite
"Treasure of Saint-Lazare", by John Pearce, is a mystery about events far distant in time and space that profoundly affect the peaceful life of a wealthy American businessman living in Paris. ... 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.
  
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"In Pearce's thriller, a man caught in the middle of a search for World War II art treasures and a murder plot finds himself re-examining his own past tragedies...

"An engaging mystery about lost Nazi war loot and contemporary murders that recalls other popular international thrillers of the past decade."

From the Author

Treasure of Saint-Lazare has its roots in my love of Paris and my experiences over the years as a journalist in Europe and Washington. Some of its plot goes back to my days as a police reporter on a daily newspaper and a TV station.

Even though it covers much ground -- from my current home of Sarasota, FL, to my part-time home of Paris, to Poland during the war, it is at heart a novel of Paris.

Product Details

  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alesia Press LLC (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MD6EM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Pearce Scores with the Treasure of St.-Lazare October 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I reserve "brilliant" for works by John McPhee and James Michener, but on that scale, John Pearce's Treasure of Saint-Lazare is at least "very good." Considering it's an early work from an unheralded author who clearly understands the key to hooking readers is to create believable characters and to craft a thrilling plot with unexpected twists and turns, I fully expect Pearce to move up the scale with his subsequent works.

I'll try not to include spoilers here, but to quickly lay out the plot, it's 2008, and a displaced American in Paris, Eddie Grant, gets sucked into a deadly search to find a Raphael painting that disappeared at the end of World War Two. Grant, a former soldier, follows in the footsteps of his late father, a military intelligence agent who once tracked down art looted by the Nazis. From Paris and Sarasota, assisted by a woman from his past, Jen Wetzmuller, he sets out to locate the priceless work of art. It's a race against time to find both the painting and the killers of Wetzmuller's father -- who also happened to be his own father's partner, Roy Castor, in finding stolen works of art. In fact, it's Castor's murder that touches off the rapidly unfolding and suspenseful chain of events that will have you holding your breath until the thrilling denouement.

The best thing about Pearce's book is how absolutely readable it is. Many new-ish authors lard up on descriptions as if they get paid by the adjective. His writing does description nicely in a spare way. Dialogue is realistic among characters, who are not at all cartoonish. The protagonist, Eddie Grant, has both an interesting past and a riveting dark side that keep the reader sympathetic to him.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
John Pearce kicks off his first book, Treasure of Saint Lazare, on the streets of Sarasota under a blazing sun, and concludes it within the rayless caverns of Paris. The reader is manoeuvred not only between two cities, but two times - the years 2008 and 1944.

The novel's historical setting is WWII, and it is clear the author knows a great deal about the subject, doing a good job of entwining real events with the fictional narrative. Eddie Grant is the book's wary protagonist - a Parisian businessman who finds himself compelled to uncover the unpleasant truth about the death of his father, and his wife and child. Along the way, he reignites relations with two former lovers, and as the story unfolds we begin to understand which of the two is genuine.

An interesting historical novel will more often than not impel me to reach for further reading on the themes - in this case the central subject is a still unrecovered piece of Nazi loot. As soon as I finished Treasure of Saint Lazare I immediately dived into other material about the Monuments Men, the Nazi Hans Frank, the Rape of Europa etc. They are all fascinating components of the WWII story which Pearce uses to drive the modern-day plot forward to its thrilling denouement, below the bustling rues of modern Paris.

Lovers of Paris will recognise its abundant beauty and beaten streets, as the writer's careful descriptions highlight not only its enduring status as one of the world's greatest cities, but its significant place in world history.

A real page-turner!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 8, 2012
By michael
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book by John Pearce that I have read and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is a mystery story revolving around Eddie, whose father was involved in hunting Nazi treasure at the end of World War 2. It starts out with Eddie's ex-lover Jen turning up out of the blue with a letter from her recently dead father, the letter is addressed to Eddie's Father who had been killed several years earlier. With past exploits with Jen re-running in his mind he decides to travel back with Jen to Sarasota to look into her father's death and to try and understand if the letter is a link to some war-loot that still remains missing, in particular a 100 million dollar Raphael painting.

One thing I loved about this book is that the author beautifully describes Paris in a very romantic way, and its description appears seamless within the story. As Eddie takes a journey into a very dangerous world, he will need every inch of his skills from his past in the Special Forces to handle the people who come after him. Yet Eddie has a dark secret in his past, his wife and son had been killed the same year as his father, and he starts to wonder if there could be a link, but with lust or love re-kindling with Jen will it turn out to be too much of a distraction?

This book is a great story and I was kept guessing all the way through the book as to what will happen, yes, even right to the last page (won't say why to avoid spoilers). I guess what interested me a lot was learning a bit more about the art world during war times and about the soldiers who had the job of finding it in the vacuum of everyone 'looking out for themselves' after the collapse of Hitler's Germany.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars World War 2 historical fiction
SPOILERS
This work of historical fiction covers themes such as the Monuments Men and the Rape of Europa.
We open in 2008 when Roy Castor is killed in a car accident. Read more
Published 12 days ago by karen o
4.0 out of 5 stars special different
Unique discriptions let you feel like walking in the area with the people. The story held me from the beginning.
Published 20 days ago by Lil Grammie
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Sense of Place
Having recently been reading about the Monuments Men, I was pleased to find a thriller that featured the next generation of seekers. Read more
Published 26 days ago by pat1360
5.0 out of 5 stars great action, great travel
This is the first book by John Pearce I've read and I was intrigued by the Monuments Men link to the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful novel set in Paris and Sarasota with real-life...
John Pearce's masterful writing and thorough familiarity with his settings, Paris and Sarasota, Florida, give a new kick to the familiar theme of a treasure hunt, here a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bill Carrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
If you enjoy mysteries you'll enjoy "Treasure of Saint-Lazare".
It has lots of twists and turns. You never know which path it will take. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KH
4.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for John Pearce
'Treasure of Saint-Lazare' was a masterful first work. I look forward to many more in the coming years. I literally could not put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Phillip Lisk
2.0 out of 5 stars Never finished it
So boring that I never finished it. Not worth starting. Characters are shallow and story contrived with unnecessary characters and sub plots.
Published 5 months ago by Marcy Gouge
3.0 out of 5 stars Paris, WWII, art, murder, and skullduggery
This was an entertaining read that jumped from WWII to the present, and from (a very well described) Paris, to Sarasota in an expose of an art theft, and the international hunt to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Concerned Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Read
I downloaded this free for my kindle, not sure if I'd read it and/or enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Megan Cordonnier
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More About the Author

John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives quite happily most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books - a sequel he expects to publish later in 2014 and a prequel after that. For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, JohnPearceAuthor.com. They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in his sequel, whose working title is Last Stop: Paris.



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