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The Chippendale Factor

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Author: John Malcolm

Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780749079505
Rights: World English
Pub. Date: 25th February 2008

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Price: £19.99

Format: Hardback

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Justin Harrington, controversial television presenter of the antique show How Old Is It? is found dead in his car in Yorkshire, in suspicious circumstances. Old school friend and antiques dealer Bill Franklin is bemused by Harrington's death, wondering if his shady past is to blame. When another mutual school friend, also in the antiques business, is shot dead Bill finds himself caught up in a mystery in which he is prime suspect.

Dragged into a dangerous world of murder, intrigue and forgery, Bill takes it upon himself to turn sleuth and get to the bottom of Justin's death, before he becomes the next victim. Why does his investigation always seem to return to his former friend's dealings in France and Yorkshire, and his obsession with Chippendale furniture?

Using Justin's former position on a national antiques fund, he is able to involve himself more and more in Justin's world, and discover the truth about his dealings, his death and Chippendale.

Intelligent and sharply written, The Chippendale Factor unravels at a smart pace. It is an antiques thriller that will keep the reader guessing until the end.

 

What Critics Have Said»

'Elegant, classy, assured entertainment... Very pacy, with a watertight plot that surrender its secrets only when it must. A perfect hero in Simpson - honourable, sardonic and adept at well-mannered thuggery'Literary Review

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'Malcolm manipultes plot twists as deftly as a skilled artist wields a paintbursh. His graceful prose and obvious but unobtrusive knowledge of fine art add the finishing touches to an outstanding mystery'Booklist

'Blends detection, missing paintings and family fortunes into an adventure that is as rich in colour as it is satisfying. An easy reading, guilty pleasure'Guardian

'The Malcolm recipe of smart plotting, lively humour and art-facts is as tasty as ever'Sunday Times

'Vived, lively and original... Deft and preofessional in the extreme'Times Literary Suppliment

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