2019 Maxy Awards "Best Mystery-Detective"
Two old letters reveal the existence of an unknown Van Gogh painting. Only four individuals have ever seen the work, all now dead. One deceased man, an alcoholic thief, claimed to have smuggled the painting out of France at the beginning of World War Two. His two sons dedicate themselves to finding the Van Gogh, seeking personal redemption for their father and damaged childhoods.
Valued at $250 million, the painting attracts an unseen hired killer, three unscrupulous collectors, and the Russian mob. One brother undertakes the search for the painting, accompanied by a beautiful ex-KGB assassin as his bodyguard. Together, their quest takes them from New York to Los Angeles, from Paris to Amsterdam as murders pile up around them. Welcome to the high-end art world, secret deals, and billionaires willing to go to any length to get their hands on the last Van Gogh.
About the Author
Will Ottinger's previous Adam Barrow novels, The Last Van Gogh and Shadows of Leonardo were released in 2019 by Black Rose Writing and won awards for Best Mystery-Detective Novel. His first novel, A Season for Ravens, was named by Reader Views as a top-three Historical Fiction work for 2014-2015. He also previously published a non-fiction work on historical miniatures, an art form in which he gained international recognition as a Grand Master painter. He authored a magazine column for seven years, trained and lectured extensively in the financial field. He is a current member of The Atlanta Writers Club and formerly served as president of Scribbler's Ink, a Houston writers group. He and his wife Sandra currently live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Award, Mystery
"Ottinger is world class in developing characters, setting scenes, and building suspense as he weaves the story, ever-drawing the reader deeper into the mystery." -Ken Bangs, author of Guardians in Blue