Swan-Knight Noose

By Ronald Paul Speakes

Action & adventure, Thriller, Crime & mystery | eBook


In this fast-paced international thriller, the American philanthropist Richard Palgrave is asked by The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to try to recover four masterworks stolen from the museum over forty years earlier. The paintings, he is told, were taken by two American soldiers in 1974 and left with a monk at a monastery near war-torn Hue, Vietnam. Intrigued by the possible implications of this, Palgrave takes on what turns out to be a harrowing mission to find and return the paintings to the rightful owners. This journey into a maze of geopolitical schemes and deceptions takes him from Vietnam to France to Los Alamos, NM. The greed and violence begun over a generation earlier leads him not only into peril but also into the arms of romance in the pursuit of beauty. If you think you would like a mix of Steve Berry and Graham Greene, while seeing the world through eccentric, perhaps post-modern, eyes, then you’ll love this novel.


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In this fast-paced international thriller, the American philanthropist Richard Palgrave is asked by The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to try to recover four masterworks stolen from the museum over forty years earlier. The paintings, he is told, were taken by two American soldiers in 1974 and left with a monk at a monastery near war-torn Hue, Vietnam. Intrigued by the possible implications of this, Palgrave takes on what turns out to be a harrowing mission to find and return the paintings to the rightful owners. This journey into a maze of geopolitical schemes and deceptions takes him from Vietnam to France to Los Alamos, NM. The greed and violence begun over a generation earlier leads him not only into peril but also into the arms of romance in the pursuit of beauty. If y...


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Ronald Paul Speakes is the author of literary and mystery novels as well as books of poetry. He currently lives with his wife, Donna (therefore far from a lonely existence), in suburban Washington, DC. He did his graduate studies in philosophy at Georgetown University. Besides writing, he has been an educator and a humanitarian relief worker. Born in a town overlooking the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan, he has lived in a range of places, to include Italy and the Pacific Islands, and traveled extensively. However, all places used in a novel are fictionally created in the mind of the author, so regardless of where the author has been these biographical tidbits don’t really matter that much.


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Ronald Paul Speakes is the author of literary and mystery novels as well as books of poetry. He currently lives with his wife, Donna (therefore far from a lonely existence), in suburban Washington, DC. He did his graduate studies in philosophy at Georgetown University. Besides writing, he has been an educator and a humanitarian relief worker. Born in a town overlooking the beautiful shore of L...


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