This is the third and final book of Marcia Muller's Joanna Stark trilogy, completing the saga of her art security expert's duel with her nemesis Parducci. The first was: "The Cavalier in White" and the second is "There Hangs the Knife." Actually, I liked the first one best and this one second of the 3. It's interesting to see Muller write of protagonists other than Sharon McCone--demonstrates her breadth of talent. Also, the Stark trilogy is heavily into the world of art and art theft as well as a series of books (like Sherlock Holmes vs. Professor Moriarty) with a continuing struggle between two characters (Stark and Parducci). Muller slowly and teasingly provides detail after detail to fill in the prior relationship between these two characters--considerably enlivening the tales. This book is a joy to read, and it's worth reading the entire trilogy. Enjoy!