Irving Bradley, international star of the concert platform, is ued to having the best in life and paying for it. So when his old violin teacher is killed by a hit-and-run driver, he hires Ken Scott - the man he was brought up to hate - to track down the killer. As an M15 veteran, Ken knows that the death was murder but cannot convince Irving, who swops the old woman's legacy, an Impressionist painting, for a Stradivarius. But the painting turns out to be Nazi loot from World War II and the violin teacher's identity as false as a spy's legend. Was she a Resistance heroine in Occupied Paris, tortured by the Gestapo, or a traitor working for ther Germans? Or could she have been one of hundreds of Soviet agents planted in post-war Britain? And how does this tie in with her death fifty years later? Aided by an ex-CIA man, Erich Hallstatt, Ken and Irving uncoverthe biggest single art theft of the twentieth century.
A linguistic prodigy, Douglas Boyd spent his early years in the exciting world of East European espionage. Traded back to the West, through the Red Cross, Boyd avoided court martial and imprisonment, and entered the film industry. He worked for the BBC and is now a full time writer.