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"Readers will find plenty to savor...Carolyn is a winning character with a quick wit and the opulent environs she inhabits are definitely worth a visit." (The Washington Post)

"A compelling novel of financial and emotional high stakes." (In Touch)

"Tanabe's absorbing novel blends equal parts mystery, wit, and romance." (Booklist)

"Karin Tanabe's The Price of Inheritance is a deeply enjoyable and riotously funny takedown of the high-stakes New York art world and its most glamorous and illicit auction houses. Matching the spirit and wit of Steve Martin's An Object of Beauty, Karin Tanabe focuses her shimmering humor and laser eye on the dangerous lengths the very wealthy will journey to own a costly piece of history. Lushly detailed and ambitious in scope, The Price of Inheritance is rich in romance, war stories and betrayals. A priceless read by a writer of immense talent." (Amber Dermont New York Times bestselling author of The Starboard Sea)

"This absorbing, quick-turning story takes us behind the doors of the big auction houses into the homes of the art-collecting elite and onto the international marketplace with sure-handedness, and in fascinating detail. Karin Tanabe writes with passion, intelligence, and a lot of wit, and the book is insanely difficult to put down." (Jessica Lott The Rest of Us)

With The Price of Inheritance, Karin Tanabe pulls off a triple-coup: she gives us a juicy insider's look at the high-stakes auction business, a late-coming-of-age (and enticingly New York) love story, and a truly suspenseful mystery that crosses borders from Rhode Island to Iraq. Any one of these on its own would have been a compelling read. But all three at once? I couldn't put it down." (Allison Lynn author of Now You See It)

"In The Price of Inheritance, Karin Tanabe weaves a tangled web of romance and intrigue, while exposing the underbelly of the art world. This smart and captivating read will have you turning pages faster than you can say forgery." (Emily Liebert author of You Knew Me When)

"A biting, hilarious send-up of D.C.'s elite." (People on THE LIST)

“Hildy Johnson would recognize a kindred spirit in 28-year-old Adrienne Brown, a Beltway-bred, New York-trained reporter who sacrifices sleep, sanity, and sex to feed the wonky digital/paper beast the Capitolist – or “The List” as its rabidly ambitious scribes call it. Adrienne slaves in relative obscurity as a “Style section girl” at this Beltway must-read, blasting out celebrity interviews on her never-turned-off Blackberry. But within a month of her arrival, she also stumbles on what will become a blockbuster, front-page story involving List superstar and shrewish White House reporter Olivia Campo. To untangle the details of the hot-sheets affair between the married Olivia and famously family-man U.S. senator—and two mysterious deaths—Adrienne enlists the help of her pushy big sister, Payton. She not only gets a career-boosting story but the respect of her perfect sibling, high-powered parents, and sharp-elbowed peers. Former Politico reporter Tanabe’s roman-a-clef is a hilarious skewering of digital journalism – and how news is tweeted and blogged at a dizzying pace by armies of underpaid and overworked 20-something journos—as well as smartly paced and dishy debut, part political thriller, part surprisingly sweet coming-of-age tale, and part timeless ode to dogged reporters with good instincts and guts of steel. Hildy would be proud.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review on THE LIST)

"A contemporary, politically astute novel that is both wickedly humorous and enticing...[with] complex characters, an intriguing plot, and tightly brilliant execution. When word gets around about The List, readers will clamor for their copy and devour this book." (New York Journal of Books on THE LIST)

"Tanabe gleefully skewers digital media sweathshops...[but] despite its breezy, chick-lit tone, The List has more in common with newsroom satires." (The Washington Post on THE LIST)

"The List is mandatory reading for anyone who wonders about the impact of new media on Washington's political culture. Tanabe has written a novel that is delicious fun and incredibly revealing about life at the intersection of politics and journalism." (Nicolle Wallace New York Times bestselling author of Eighteen Acres)

“A gorgeous book—I loved it. Funny, intriguing, and utterly unputdownable.” (Penny Vincenzi on THE LIST internationally bestselling author of More Than You Know)

"The List is a wonderfully witty insider's romp through Washington. Karin Tanabe has as sharp a tongue as she does an eye for detail, about everything from political scandal to office politics. And I thought New York was a tough town!" (Cristina Alger author of The Darlings on THE LIST)

“Appealing…everything a die-hard chick-lit fan could want: plenty of fluff, sibling rivalry, deceit and intrigue, and a spunky heroine.” (Kirkus on THE LIST)

“The List is a breezy, dishy romp through Washington, DC politics, journalism, and scandal—a witty and caffeinated glimpse into a world few of us ever see, let alone know as intimately as Karin Tanabe surely does. But underneath the considerable pleasures of its glimmering surface, it's a surprisingly moving coming of age story about a young woman navigating the bumpy terrain between ambition and ethics, between her hunger for professional success and the quiet truth of her own heart.” (Lauren Fox author of Friends Like Us and Still Life with Husband on THE LIST)

“Part coming of age, part political thriller, Karin Tanabe's The List is a mordantly funny send-up of quadruple espresso fueled journalism in the internet age, with the most irresistible heroine since Bridget Jones at its center. This is Evelyn Waugh's Scoop for the 21st century." (Susan Fales-Hill author of Imperfect Bliss on THE LIST)

"Karin Tanabe's energetic, humorous debut is narrated by a young reporter trying to prove herself by chasing the biggest story of the year. The List perfectly captures the frenetic, all-consuming pace of political reporting, with a healthy dose of scandal, glamour and intrigue thrown in. Think The Devil Wears Prada meets Capitol Hill." (Sarah Pekkanen author of These Girls on THE LIST)

About the Author

Karin Tanabe is the author of The List and The Price of Inheritance. A former Politico reporter and a graduate of Vassar College, she lives in Washington, DC.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476758603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476758602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judith D. Collins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2014
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A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE by Karin Tanabe is an intriguing novel into the world of contemporary art crime, and historical aspects, while weaving a tangled web of suspense, romance and mystery.

Carolyn, age twenty-nine, single, a Princeton graduate-- resides in New York, a senior specialist in American Furniture at prestigious Christie's, a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour.

Accustomed to a fast pace life, with high stakes glamour of arts, Carolyn has buried herself in her work at Christie’s, driven to excel, involved with auctions, private sales and prestigious and affluent clients with emphasis on Post War and Contemporary, Impressionist, and Modern Art, and Antiquities.

However, after eight years at Christie’s she finds herself in the middle of a scandal, leaving her unemployed. She flees to the comfort of her former friends in Newport, Rhode Island, to work in a small antique shop. As part of buying for the shop, she attends a small auction for her boss, and discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery which she purchases for twenty dollars.

While investigating the background of the pottery bowl, she meets sexy Marine Sergeant Tyler Ford, with a mysterious dark past. The piece was purchased at a local Goodwill store and the path leads back to Tyler who claims he received it has a gift from his translator during his days in Iraq.

Carolyn finds herself in the middle of another art crime scandal, and does not know who to trust.
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I’ve always had a fascination with the auction world, especially Christie’s and Sotheby’s, which is why I picked up The Price of Inheritance. The book starts out in New York, fueled by the crazy world of auctions, but then moves to the wealthy beaches of Newport, Rhode Island. There was a bit of an Edith Wharton feeling to the parts set in Newport, with all the old money and scandal, but with a very modern vibe brought by the characters from all walks of life. The main character, Carolyn, is someone you will definitely cheer for, as she tries to carve a place for herself among the wealthy in Newport, and so is her love interest Marine Captain Tyler Ford. She spends much of the book falling in love with him while investigating him, which makes for a sexy and suspenseful cat and mouse chase. Smart and a page-turner. Definitely five stars.
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I loved the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, and this book has the same themes of romance and art crime. The cover looks a little more chick lit-ish than it is. As an avid reader, I would place The Price of Inheritance as upmarket commercial women’s fiction, verging on literary fiction. The main character, Carolyn, is a bit of a Nick Carraway type figure, trying to navigate her life and restart her career in the tony beach town of Newport, Rhode Island. When she falls in love with Tyler Ford, a sexy marine with a dark past, things get complicated, but in a good way. She’s trying to figure out if Tyler was involved in criminal activity during his three deployments to Iraq, while also falling in love with him. Fast, smart summer read!
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This novel grabs you from page one and never lets you go with many twists and turns along the way. I loved the inside scoop about the high end auction houses and also loved the fact that the characters were developed in a way that makes the reader care about them. I couldn't put this book down!
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I enjoyed this book so much that before I finished it, I went on Amazon and ordered her previous novel.

I know next to nothing about the rarified art world of Christie's and Sotheby's...my knowledge of rare antique furniture is limited to sometimes watching Antiques Roadshow (which, ironically, is mentioned a few times in the book). But the author takes a subject which could be a bit dull and zips it up to show the high stakes competitive nature of antique auctions and ownership.

I did find some of the plot around the Middle Eastern bowl to be a bit drawn-out and too complicated, but don't let that keep you from the book.

I'd really like to give the book 4.5 stars...I save 5 stars for the VERY BEST books I've read. I did find the ending very intriguing and happy that it was not too "pat" to be believed.

Actually, I think a better title would have gotten this book more notice. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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The Price of Inheritance is Karin Tanabe's second novel, and like her first smash-hit The List, The Price of Inheritance is a page-turner.

Like Tanabe's first book - The List - The Price of Inheritance takes you into the whirlwind world of a young successful woman...aka 29 year-old Carolyn Everett. Picture perfect life - on the outside! She lives on the upper east side in Manhattan, works at the prestigious auction house Christies and has a relationship - albeit on and off - with pretty boy Alex.

When an auction that's suppose to make her career ends up breaking it, Carolyn goes back home to Newport, Rhode Island. Levaing both NYC, life in the fast lane, and her on and off boyfriend Alex behind. Giving herself a month to get back on her feet, she starts working in the local antique store.

At a small local auction Carolyn buys a piece of Middle Eastern pottery. Thinking the bowl might be worth a lot more than the 20 dollars, she paid for it, Carolyn goes on a quest to find the original owner. The bowl brings her into contact with Tyler Ford - a hunky but mysterious marine. The (love) story of Carolyn and Tyler is filled with drama, secret and lies, and it's oh so good! Nothing is what it seems and the bowl takes Carolyn on a crazy journey of life, love and back into the elite life of the international art world.
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