Adding to Shapiro's portfolio of sharply-etched portraits of the high-stakes world of art crime, the Collector's Apprentice delves into politics, aesthetics, international con artistry, and spends a delightful amount of time in the salons of 1920s Paris - the title character gets to flirt with Henir Matisse, in Gertrude Stein's "27," with Zelda Fitzgerald laughing in the background. The plot keeps twisting until the end, and the perspectives shift as if with a Post-Impressionist palette.

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