Theft Of The Master

Theft Of The Master

Synopsis

"From the first paragraph of the first chapter the reader is drawn into this fastpaced drama, “Theft of the
Master.” Edwin Alexander has created an intricate story with a complex plot.
Veit Stoss, one of Europe’s greatest sculptors was commissioned by Henry Schenk to sculpt a wood carving
of Christ, seated preaching the Sermon on the Mount. The carving was completed in 1493 and presented as a
national icon at Estonia’s Tallinn Church of the Holy Ghost.
The story is based on historical events involving Hitler’s transporting valuable cultural artifacts to Germany
during World War II. “Theft of the Master” is a fictional account of Estonia’s wood carving of “The Christ.”
In a complex transaction involving a purchase an inventory of artifacts by the Templars, a secret society, this
work of art was stolen and becomes the central plot of the story. The book is filled with unexpected surprises
and plot twists involving smuggling, murder, and intrigue.
Private Investigator, Al Hersey, is hired by Peter Gilchrist to find the murderer of his daughter, Meg, who was
found, drowned in the waters off Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco. The assignment takes Al on a
dangerous quest for answers from San Francisco, to Estonia, Paraguay, Sweden, and New York.
Alexander is an incredibly gifted author. He puts into his characters, a depth of feeling, a glimpse into their
obsessions, and those identifiable physical characteristics which make them genuine and believable. His
detailed descriptions include, “a rumbling voice, a voice that rattled the walls,” and “Tiny’s tall, thin face was
overdue a retread but the eyes were sharp and inquisitorial, sharpened by half a lifetime of scrutinizing
doubtful people, potentially libelous stories and overenthusiastic expense claims.”
I became so intrigued by Alexander’s vivid descriptions that I found myself visiting the picturesque websites
of Half Moon Bay’s shoreline, the Holiday Inn’s lobby in San Francisco’s China town, the dinning room of
Neptune’s Palace at the Wharf, the archaic St. Olaf’s Church in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Mennonite Colony
in Chaco, Paraguay.
Much of the plot is carried by the dialog making “Theft of the Master” a natural for movie and television
adaptation. Edwin Alexander has masterfully crafted a tale of international intrigue, murder, suspense, drama,
and deduction."

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Chapters

  • chapter 01
    Duration: 10min
  • chapter 02
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 03
    Duration: 18min
  • chapter 04
    Duration: 19min
  • chapter 05
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 06
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 07
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 08
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 09
    Duration: 18min
  • chapter 10
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 11
    Duration: 08min
  • chapter 12
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 13
    Duration: 16min
  • chapter 14
    Duration: 10min
  • chapter 15
    Duration: 18min
  • chapter 16
    Duration: 15min
  • chapter 17
    Duration: 18min
  • chapter 18
    Duration: 06min
  • chapter 19
    Duration: 17min
  • chapter 20
    Duration: 14min
  • chapter 21
    Duration: 17min
  • chapter 22
    Duration: 17min
  • chapter 23
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 24
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 25
    Duration: 20min
  • chapter 26
    Duration: 11min
  • chapter 27
    Duration: 11min
  • chapter 28
    Duration: 11min
  • chapter 29
    Duration: 20min
  • chapter 30
    Duration: 14min
  • chapter 31
    Duration: 11min
  • chapter 32
    Duration: 20min
  • chapter 33
    Duration: 09min
  • chapter 34
    Duration: 14min
  • chapter 35
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 36
    Duration: 13min
  • chapter 37
    Duration: 16min
  • chapter 38
    Duration: 12min
  • chapter 39
    Duration: 24min
  • chapter 40
    Duration: 14min
  • chapter 41
    Duration: 23min
  • chapter 42
    Duration: 13min

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