Fascinating characters, an incredibly complex plot and a hint of the paranormal make this book simply unforgettable.
Twenty years ago, art student Lucian Glass discovered his girlfriend Solange as she lay dying on the floor of her father's framing gallery. Now a member of the FBI's Art Crimes team, Lucian's sent to Vienna to arrest Dr. Malachai Samuels, who's suspected of stealing ancient stones that can access past-life memories. Lucian's also called in when a shredded Matisse is sent to the Metropolitan Museum with a ransom demand: if a sculpture of the god of sleep isn't handed over, four other paintings will also be destroyed. That's when it gets personal -- it's the same Matisse that was stolen the night Solange was killed. (MIRA, May, 416 pp., $24.95)