ALAN REFKIN is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author.
The Collector is the fifth novel of the Mauro Bruno Detective Series.
For only the fourth time in two centuries, the French have allowed the Mona Lisa to leave the Louvre, this time at the request of the pope, who wants to exhibit it in the Vatican Museums. However, once on display, the Museums’ former curator notices a nearly imperceptible discrepancy in the painting, leading to the discovery that it’s a forgery. Faced with the crisis of losing the most valuable painting in the world, the pope turns to Mauro Bruno and his associates, who’d previously performed discrete investigations for the Vatican.
As they begin, Bruno and his colleagues try to understand how the world’s most famous painting, which is kept inside an alarmed environmental enclosure fifteen feet from the nearest person and under constant visual and physical surveillance, could be stolen. Even in transit to the Vatican, it was under continual visual monitoring with a security team inches from the masterpiece’s enclosure, leaving the investigators bewildered about how a theft could have occurred. However, they soon learn that the Mona Lisa is one of many heavily guarded museum masterpieces that have been stolen and replaced with a forgery, the thefts having gone unreported.
With only two weeks before da Vinci’s masterpiece returns to France, and not having a clue as to the identity of the mysterious person they call the Collector, they must find and retrieve the Mona Lisa.
Buy it here: The Collector
OTHER FICTION BOOKS BY ALAN REFKIN:
MATT MORETTI-HAN LI SERIES
- The Archivist
- The Abductions
- The Payback
- The Forgotten
- The Cabal
- The Chase
His first fiction novel in the Matt Moretti-Han Li Series, The Archivist, has been critically acknowledged as an edge-of-the-seat historical thriller. Buy it here: The Archivist
The second novel in the Matt Moretti-Han Li Series is The Abductions. Buy it here: The Abductions
The Payback is the third of the Matti Moretti-Han Li Series and was just published and is now available. Buy it here: The Payback
The Forgotten is the fourth of the Matti Moretti-Han Li Series. Buy it here: The Forgotten
The Cabal is the fifth of the Matti Moretti-Han Li Series. Buy it here: The Cabal
The Chase is the sixth of the Matti Moretti-Han Li Series and Alan’s 17th published book. Buy it here: The Chase
GUNTER WAYAN SERIES
- The Organization
- The Frame
- The Arrangement
- The Defector
The Organization is the first novel of the Gunter Wayan Series. Buy it here: The Organization
The Frame is the second novel of the Gunter Wayan Series. Buy it here: The Frame
The Arrangement is the third novel of the Gunter Wayan Series. Buy it here: The Arrangement
The Defector is the fourth thriller of the Gunter Wayan Series and Alan’s 18th published book. Buy it here: The Defector
MAURO BRUNO DETECTIVE SERIES
- The Patriarch
- The Scion
- The Artifact
- The Mistress
- The Collector
The Patriarch is the first novel of the Mauro Bruno Detective Series. Buy it here: The Patriarch
The Scion is the second novel of the Mauro Bruno Detective Series. Buy it here: The Scion
The Artifact is the third novel of the Mauro Bruno Detective Series. Buy it here: The Artifact
The Mistress is the fourth novel of the Mauro Bruno Detective Series. Buy it here: The Mistress
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Alan is also the co-author of four business books on China – The Wild, Wild East; Doing the China Tango: How to Dance around Common Pitfalls in Chinese Business Relationships; Conducting Business in the Land of the Dragon: What Every Businessman needs to know about China, and; Piercing the Great Wall of Corporate China: How to Perform Forensic Due Diligence on Chinese Companies.
Two of the author’s books, The Wild Wild East, and Piercing the Great Wall of Corporate China: How to Perform Forensic Due Diligence on Chinese Companies each received Editor’s Choice Awards as one of the outstanding books published in that year. Alan’s publisher also gave him their Rising Star award.
In addition to being an internationally acclaimed author, Alan has spoken at the National People’s Congress in Beijing and has appeared on China’s national cable network, CCTV.
Alan and his wife Kerry live in Florida.