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There Hangs the Knife Hardcover – May 15 1988

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Joanna Stark, co-owner of an art security firm in San Francisco, comes to London to continue her vendetta against art thief Tony Parducci, the father of her son who, two decades before, deserted her when she became pregnant. A number of Brueghels, all part of a series, have been stolen, and Joanna suspects Parducci. So she commissions a fake sixth painting in the series and plans to use it as bait. She seeks help from two friends from her past, one now an art dealer and the other, Matt Wickins, a not-very-successful fagin who controls art thieves. Unfortunately the plan goes awry, with the painting disappearing before schedule. The probable thief is found dead in Wickins's flat, but Joanna still feels Parducci is involved. She trails Wickins to Cornwall, where she has a confrontation with Parducci. The theme of betrayalby Joanna and of Joannapermeates this book and the first entry in this series (Cavalier in White). Despite her wealth, Joanna is a very unhappy woman. Muller may not be able to get as much mileage out of this detective as she has out of her deservedly successful Sharon McCone.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARCIA MULLER has written many novels and short stories. Her novel Wolf in the Shadows won the Anthony Boucher Award. The recipient of the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award-their highest accolade-she lives in northern California with her husband, mystery writer Bill Pronzini. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Second Joanna Stark book Oct. 3 2004
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book of Marcia Muller's Joanna Stark trilogy, continuing the saga of her art security expert's duel with her nemesis Parducci. The first was: "The Cavalier in White" and the third is "Dark Star." Actually, I think this is my least favorite of the 3. Still, 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 the two characters--considerably enlivening the tales. It's worth reading the entire trilogy. Enjoy!