Artful Murder in the Hamptons

Robert Lockwood

Two-hundred long-forgotten French impressionist masterpieces stashed away in the attic of a New York City brownstone and valued at $1.6 billion in the festering Asian art markets. Zach ben Meier, the globally prominent art dealer, learns of their existence after reading the deceased painter’s memoirs in the musty archives of Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Ben Meier ostentatiously implants himself in the Hamptons; what better “blind” to steal this quarry of artworks.

The tendrils of Zach’s pursuits become complicated. “Obstacles” emerge everywhere: on Long Island, in New York City, in Monte Carlo; even on the streets of Paris. He forms a bizarre relationship with Adrielle, a former assassin forced into early retirement by the Mossad because of her cloying savagery. Together they fashion and execute a scheme that degenerates into mutual self-entrapment.