The Modigliani Scandal

The Modigliani Scandal

by Ken Follett

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Overview

A high-speed, high-stakes thriller from Ken Follett, the grand master of international action and suspense. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize—for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away. Behind the elegance and glamour of the art world, anything goes—theft, forgery, betrayal, and maybe even murder. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101436622
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/1986
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 31,700
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. 

In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
 
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
 
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. 

Hometown:

Hertfordshire, England

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1949

Place of Birth:

Cardiff, Wales

Education:

B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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INTRODUCTION

IN A MODERN THRILLER the hero generally saves the world. Traditional adventure stories are more modest: The central character merely saves his own life, and perhaps the life of a faithful friend or a plucky girl. In less sensational novels—the middlebrow, well-told narratives that have been the staple diet of readers for more than a century—there is less at stake, but still a character′s efforts, struggles, and choices determine his destiny in a dramatic fashion.

I don′t actually believe that life is like that. In reality, circumstances quite beyond our control usually determine whether we live or die, become happy or miserable, strike it rich or lose everything. For example: Most rich people inherit their money. Most well-fed people simply had the luck to be bom in an af fluent country. Most happy people were born into loving families, and most miserable people had crazy parents.

I′m not a fatalist, nor do I believe that everything in life is blind chance. We do not control our lives the way a chess player controls his pieces, but life is not roulette either. As usual, the truth is complicated. Mechanisms beyond our control—and sometimes beyond our understanding—debermine a person′s fate, yet the choices he makes have consequences, if not the consequences he anticipated.

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"THE #1 "MASTER" OF THE FINE ART OF SUSPENSE." - Time

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Modigliani Scandal 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sort of slow. Of all the Follett books I've read, this was not too interesting.
Sarah Nolan More than 1 year ago
I've read many other Ken Follet books and this is nothing like the others. It is not an historical fiction. The story revolves around different people all scheming at something in the art world. Not particularly engrossing and i kept reading, thinking something exciting was sure to happen. Not a bad read because Follet is a good writter, but certainly not up to his usual standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not one of Ken Follett's better books. The story is two-dimensional, a bit confusing at times. Nor is the heroine particularly sympathetic. Worst, the audio recording is very soft; even at full volume in the car, we had trouble hearing it.
AliceGM More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett's books are all excellent and will be enjoyed by all ages and sexes. Can hardly wait until his next one is published.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
If you liked any of Ken Follett's other books, you will certainly like this one also. A quick read, great for a rainy day. Suspenseful from the beginning to the end.
IreneFL More than 1 year ago
In the nook book form this is a difficult read. Very often the quotation marks and apostrophes were replaced with a question mark. The word clear or clean looks as if the c and l ran together to form the letter d. Put up with that, and it's an interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy+this+lark+of+a+tale.+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not his best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were so many characters, that I had trouble remembering who each character was, as I encountered them in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not his best work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you could keep it straight the storyline was fine but too much work to make it worth it
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lightweight and passes the time, but nowhere near as good as his later works. It's obvious he wrote this when not yet matured as a writer (as he himself admits).
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