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Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning
author, a British attorney, and a former international investment banker. He held senior positions in the City of London, Kuwait, and on Wall Street before moving to California in 1991. He owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned restaurant and was also the
Director of Marketing of a Los Angeles daily newspaper. Maitland-Lewis is a jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. A member of PEN and the Author’s Guild, Maitland-Lewis is also on the Executive Committee
of the International Mystery Writers Festival.
His novel Hero on Three Continents received numerous accolades, and Emeralds Never Fade won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best
Fiction. His novel Ambition was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards and 2014 International Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Maitland-Lewis and his wife, Joni Berry, divide their time between
their homes in Beverly Hills and New Orleans.
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This book is very different to what I was expecting. I thought it would be an Art historian researching the history of a painting. To a point it does that
yet it is so much more. There is the intricate relationship between Gio, who is still grieving the loss of his first wife, and his second wife and son. The mystery and suspense is well
done and takes the reader to the Nazi occupation of France via modern day Germany, Paris and of course Florence. There are parts of the novel that take it from being a serious historical account to bordering on the ludicrous yet somehow through the writing
the author manages to pull it off. Just! Perhaps it’s the juxtaposition of the factual style to depict something that stretches the readers' (and Gio’s family’s) credulity to the limit. I won’t say any more as I don’t want to
spoil it but well worth a read.