The year is current. In Edinburgh, three friends find themselves bound by their love of art. They are also bound by a restlessness in themselves that finds them yearning for something. Mike Mackenzie is a young, retired millionaire. He has sold his software company and sits in luxury and idleness, bored and contemplative. He collects fine art.
Allen Cruickshank, a banker, also loves art. He is experiencing a painful divorce and cleaves to his friends to get him through.
Professor Robert Gissing teaches art, and is enraged that most of the world’s great art is inaccessible, stored in private collections, safes, and corporate boardrooms.
The three friends attend an art auction where Mike encounters by chance another attendee, once a boy that he knew in school. The school bully, the anarchist, Chib Calloway is now a crime boss with a recent interest in collecting art.
The three friends formulate a plan to steal paintings stored in a warehouse from the National Gallery, replacing them with incredibly good copies. Enter an artist and his girlfriend who agree to help them – and get greedy. They are siting the warehouse where an invaluable amount of art that cannot be displayed sits, claiming their total interest. When Mike pulls in Chib Calloway to assist in the heist, their troubles begin.
With a plot that endures betrayal after betrayal, this fast paced thriller packs a wollop. The heist itself becomes riddled with problems, and Mike and Allen are no match for Gissing’s hidden agenda.
A detective that won’t let up, the girlfriend that blackmails, inquisitive auctioneers and a Hell’s Angel named Hate all throw right punches as Mike tries to rewind and second guess all the participants and outrun them. The ending is dynamite – a perfect ending to an intricate labyrinth that Mike enters – and exits successfully.
Great writing, fast paced stunner with fascinating plot twists, this is definitely the heist of the year.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Book Review by Broad “A” – Ava
Doors Open is available for pre-order from Amazon.com for $16.49
Thank you to the Hachette Book Group for providing this title for our book review as well as this giveaway. We were in no way paid or compensated for our opinions.
- Follow the Review Broads – on the sidebar
Subscribe to The Review Broads for FREE
- Link to this giveaway on your Facebook page
- Follow Bro’B’s new blog – I Pity the Blog <<<<NEW!!
- Follow Broad “Z” on twitter.
- Grab our badge from the sidebar and add it to your site.
- Blog about this giveaway
- Twitter this giveaway.
- Be sure to leave a comment letting me know if you’ve done any of these (if you already subscribe or have our badge – please note that in the comments as well).
Please make sure you leave your email address when adding a comment or I will not be able to contact you if you win.
* This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and over and ends on January 26, 2010 11:59 EST.
* The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via email.
* The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or an alternate winner will be chosen.
* Please make sure you check your junk mail folder
* Good Luck