Twining, James The Gilded Seal

ISBN 13: 9780007262151

The Gilded Seal

9780007262151: The Gilded Seal

The most audacious heist in history is about to commence, and Tom Kirk is right in the middle of it…

Whilst investigating the theft of a stolen Da Vinci – The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, Reformed art thief Tom Kirk is confronted with the horrifying sight of a cat nailed to the wall where the painting once stood. He instantly recognises the sign as a greeting from his old enemy Milo. Then Tom finds out that a long time friend in Seville has been murdered. Whilst visiting his friend’s daughter Eva, she is kidnapped by Milo and Tom suddenly finds himself in a frantic race against time to save her life.

Meanwhile, in New York, FBI agent Jennifer Browne has been asked to investigate a possible art fraud. The trail leads to an Iranian art dealer who denies all knowledge, but when a lawyer who he had dealings with is murdered, Jennifer knows she has stumbled across something very sinister indeed.

Are the reappearance of Milo, Eva's kidnapping and the theft of the Da Vinci connected? And are Tom and Jennifer's paths destined to cross again as they descend into a maelstrom of betrayal and murder?

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'A story that harks back to the Nazis, Hitler and a legendary treasure. What more could you want? If there's a better thriller this year I would like to see it.' Jack Higgins, bestselling author of Without Mercy and The Eagle Has Landed

'An exciting, suspenseful and fast-paced novel'


'A carefully constructed tale straight out of the Dan Brown mould of thriller writing'
Sunday Sun

'The Double Eagle will leave you breathless, but never dizzy. Solid debut work'

'This would make the perfect Tom Cruise movie'
The Independent on Sunday

'A captivating, engrossing debut,…a fast-paced tale of international crime and skullduggery written with style and panache. Twining is a worthy successor to Forsyth, Follett, and Higgins. Highly recommended.' Christoper Reich

'This is an auspicious beginning for a fledgling series' Publishers Weekly

'Brilliantly written with numerous double crosses taking place, James Twining has created a delightful and thought-provoking protagonist. Along with deceit, shattered promises, and murder all going hand in hand The Double Eagle is certainly a pacy novel' Shots

About the Author:

James Twining was born in London but spent much of his childhood in Paris. After graduating from Oxford University with a first class degree in French Literature, he worked in Investment Banking for four years before leaving to set up his own company which he then sold three years later, having been named as one of the eight "Best of Young British" Entrepreneurs in The New Statesman magazine. James lives in London with his wife and baby daughter.

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