Lawyer turned author Terrell employs her vast legal experience in this engrossing debut thriller, which focuses on art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Using flashbacks, the author paints vivid pictures of 17th-century Holland, World War II-era Germany and present-day New York. The result is a compelling, fast-paced mystery filled with twists.
Despite their opposing stances, Mara and Michael begin an affair that they must keep secret until the case is over. Then Mara accidentally stumbles upon Michael's personal e-mail and discovers that she may be a pawn in a dangerous game of art theft. (Ballantine, Jun., 240 pp., $21.95)