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Treasure of Saint-Lazare [Kindle Edition]

John Pearce
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Book Description

INTRIGUE, ROMANCE AND DEATH IN PARIS

An old lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a treacherous web of intrigue and death -- but giving him a slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before.
It launches him on a dangerous quest through Paris and the Loire Valley for the most valuable piece of Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century, along with the crates of Nazi bullion that accompanied it -- all intended to finance the Fourth Reich.
Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his father's World War II colleague in Army Intelligence, arrives in Paris, bearing a letter she found after her father was run down by a car on the streets of Sarasota. Its clues take Eddie from his Paris home to Florida, where he works to solve the mystery, barely escaping with his life. Then it's back home to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation in search of the treasure.
Along the way he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before Sarasota.
Most of all, Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a novel about Paris.


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Treasure of Saint-Lazare was chosen the top historical mystery in the Readers' Favorite 2014 writing competition.
An engaging mystery about lost Nazi war loot and contemporary murders that recalls other popular international thrillers of the past decade.  (Kirkus)
 
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. (Reviewed by Sharon Fawley for Readers' Favorite)
 
I was intrigued by the Monuments Men link to the story. The action switches between two cities I know and love: Paris and Sarasota, Florida. The characters are engaging and the pace of the action is very good. (Helen Schwartz)
   
... lovers of old Paris will be thrilled to visit the modern city that the author knows and describes with deep feeling for its enduring charms. Other reviewers have well sketched the plot. Let this one vouch for the characterizations, the authentic description, and the compelling narration. (Bill Carrigan)
 
I literally could not put it down. Characters were so well described that they seemed to be in the room with me. (Phillip Lisk)
 
This is one of those works where you go beyond the book, straight into the world that's been created for you. (Bea Kylene Jumarang)
 
I've never been to Paris until now. This is an entertaining, well written book. I recommend it highly. In fact I can picture Tom Hanks starring in the movie... (Joe Corso, author of The Starlight Club)
 
Great writing, great location descriptions, great characters and a wonderful story.....I'm glad I got it... (Donald G. Schofield)

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: 481 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,634 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
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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
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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
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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 A Short Trip to Paris
How can you not enjoy a book set in Paris?? I loved the scenery and the sensation of Paris--what a great background for any story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reader in CA
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
You almost need a notebook to remember the vast array of characters.
But, if you love reading about Paris, and delving into the events and machinations of WWII, you'll enjoy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Raymond Ruiz
3.0 out of 5 stars France + Florida = A mildly interesting search for a rare painting
Nothing special here... except to note that the author is obsesses with the weight of various characters that appear here. A rather fizzled ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The glimpses of history added to the current action. The complaints? I found some of the characters unnecessary and unbelievable , and the ending... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving Nazi era novel
A gruesome historical time provides many opportunities for a novel. The wild hunt for a lost treasure has many twists that make for suspense and keep you moving on to the next... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Saint-Lazare
Review of Treasure of Saint-Lazare
By John Pearce

Reviewed by author Roy Murry

The mystery and history of World War II Paris comes alive in John Pearce’s... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roy Murry, Author
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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago by Helen Schwartz
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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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