The Appraisal by Anna Porter

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Read The Appraisal Online Free - In the vein of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels comes this year’s smart new thriller with literary chops

When wealthy octogenarian Geza Marton hires art expert Helena Marsh to buy back his family’s Titian painting, Helena flies to Budapest to close what she expects will be a reasonably simple sale. But nothing is ever simple in this beautiful, flawed city where corruption abounds. Helena discovers that there are multiple bidders for the painting, including some dangerous Slavs. Soon there are also dead bodies, and a complicated history that leads her to men Marton knew in Vorkuta, one of Stalin’s notorious gulags.

As she works to unravel the truth of the painting’s ownership and dodges her tail, the dogged ex-detective Attila Feher, Helena is forced to call on all her considerable skills to stay alive and out of jail. Smart, fast-paced, and wildly entertaining, The Appraisal is a terrific thriller set against Budapest’s corruption and lost promise.

Title : The Appraisal
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ISBN : 177041410X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 300 pages


Maureen rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Who knew the art appraisal business could call for James Bond like skills? Or that art ownership could be a very good way of washing criminal cash, or passing on funds to criminals and terrorists. Who knew that being on stolen art retrieval commissions could be so heartbreaking when you learn the...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2017

Maybe a bit overly dramatically cloak and dagger in parts but gosh, it's an interesting read. Helena is an art appraiser and she's in Hungary trying to buy back a Titian. Big bucks. Porter clearly has a strong understanding of the art world, which is in fact used to launder money and where corrup...

Viva rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2017

2 stars = it was ok by GR's rating system. When I first started reading, I wondered if it had been written in a foreign language (like Hungarian where the story is set) and then translated into English because the writing was so awkward but no, it was written in English. The story is told from 2 PO...

Louise rated it ★★★☆☆

January 18, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It was compelling - read it in one day! The characters were strong, the history interesting. A good read!

Lynda rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 18, 2017

A thriller about the art world. Very slow in spots. Did not enjoy it very much.

Koozebane rated it ★★★☆☆

October 01, 2017

3.5 stars. I'm always eager to read an art heist story, and the descriptions of Budapest are very evocative. There is a lot of exposition of every character, which tends to bog down the story. Since I expected it all to factor into the conclusion, the ending felt a little anticlimactic.

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