I have received a free e-copy of the book The Dali Deception by Adam Maxwell to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.
Here is the book blurb.
Violet Winters—a professional thief born of a good, honest thief-and-con-artist stock— has been offered the heist of a lifetime. Steal a priceless Salvador Dali from the security-obsessed chairman of the Kilchester Bank and replace it with a forgery.
The fact that the “painting” is a signed, blank canvas doesn’t matter. It’s the challenge that gives Violet that familiar, addicting rush of adrenaline. Her quarry rests in a converted underground Cold War bunker. One way in, one way out. No margin for error.
But the reason Violet fled Kilchester is waiting right where she left him—an ex-lover with a murderous method for dumping a girlfriend. If her heist is to be a success, there will have to be a reckoning, or everything could go spinning out of control.
Her team of talented misfits assembled, Violet sets out to re-stake her claim on her reputation, exorcise some demons, and claim the prize. That is, if her masterpiece of a plan isn’t derailed by a pissed-off crime boss—or betrayal from within her own ranks.
I wasn’t sure why chapter one with Violet and Katie procuring blank canvas was out of chronological order, but the story then progresses with Fegan asking Violet to steal a blank Dali from a highly secure underground location. We then meet the other 3 members of Violet’s team as she recruits them in very individual styles, Zoe, Lucas and Barry. And Damien is lined up to create the forgery.
But Violet’s ex Percy soon hears she is back in town. And crime honcho Big Terry finds out his henchmen have bought a fake X-ray of Marilyn Monroe. He traces it back to Lucas. Uh oh.
The odds seems to be changing against them as timescales change, a car chase ensues, critical items are lost. You need to read the book to see whether they can get back on track.
The Dali Deception is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.99 in paperback or £2.99 in Kindle format. A great read with a fab twist at the end. Highly recommended. And I see from Amazon that this is book one of The Kilchester Caper. I shall certainly be keeping my eye out for book two.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.