The daughter of a murdered businessman joins forces with a New York City cop in a perilous hunt for history's most coveted treasure.
Claire Andrews loved her father dearly, but now he's dead, brutally slain after attempting to sell an irreplaceable, possibly priceless saltcellar encrusted with rare gems. Leaving the Midwest for New York City, she seeks the help of Detective Artie Modelstein of the NYPD's Frauds/Jewels Squad, hoping to recover the lost treasure and clear her father's sullied name. But there are others on the trail of the missing saltcellar, and their interests lie not in the precious stones but in a secret hidden within.
Suddenly Claire and Artie have unwittingly become marked targets in a deadly game that has wound through the centuries like a poisonous snake - following a trail of death and terror from the ancient world to Elizabethan England, through the flames of world war to the present day - as a hunt for stolen jewels becomes a mythic quest that could change their world forever.
Rich in action, color, and invention, an epic thriller that spans centuries, Richard Ben Sapir's Quest is a stunning tale of adventure, love, mystery, and revelation.
It was not a too bad performance. Unfortunately for the performer she continually mispronounced English names, and places.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
For fans of crime dramas - yes. Others - it may be a bit too gritty in spots. It is also somewhat dated.
What did you like best about this story?
The character development - our protagonist starts out as a naïve country girl and through her own efforts becomes a canny researcher that matches wits with the best of them. Also it kept me guessing...it's him, no it's not, maybe it is, no it's not...
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The performance was ok. However I would argue that a Midwest accent from Ohio does not sound like a Texas accent. That was kind of distracting.
Could you see Quest being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Not sure. The pictures in my mind don't look like any actors I know.
Any additional comments?
Although not stated anywhere, this book takes place somewhere in the 70's or early 80's at latest. Characters are veterans of World War II and still pretty spry. Also references to flying on the Concorde to Europe push back it's date a bit. Not terribly distracting, but I had gone into this expecting a current time line.
I really enjoyed this mystery. It grabbed me from the beginning and rarely lost me. There's a great mixture of history and fiction in this book. My only criticism is that it relies too heavily on well-worn stereotypes for the main characters. The reader's voice is wonderful. She deftly created various accents for the many characters and I never tired of listening to her. In fact, I will purchase other books she has narrated, just to listen to her voice!