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Book By Author:  Jeff Ridenour

The Art Procurer
 The Art Procurer
 0989629635 9780989629638
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A WWII mystery full of intrigue, adventure and sex appeal.


A perfect mix of mystery, intrigue, adventure and sex appeal set during WWII. The Art Procurer by Jeff Ridenour follows the path of two men from different parts of the world set on a collision course. Ranier Zeitz is the son of a major art gallery owner in Munich. Art is in his blood. So much so that when WWII begins, he is commissioned as an SS Officer to “procure” trainloads of works of art from cities captured by the Germans. He recruits his friend Karl and his alluring cousin Anna to help him smuggle some of the choice “missing” pieces out of Germany for themselves. Martin Wynerson is an American art professor and downed air force pilot from the Midwest that is chosen to begin the hunt for caches of stolen art hidden in remote parts of Germany. With Russians circling Germany the hunt intensifies and Martin and Ranier are caught in events out of their control.

Even before this story comes into play, the start of the novel takes place in the ‘90s where the children and relatives of the past try to unravel the mystery of the missing art by searching for clues decades long gone. How far are they prepared to go? Will the past catch up to them and shake the very foundations of who they are?

The author, Ridenour, has an extensive knowledge of the art world during that time period. His knowledge also extends to how life would have been throughout Europe and America during the war. I am talking about more than just what took place, but the attitudes, mindset and morals in times of war. Ridenour uses, throughout the novel, a clever technique to convey this through letters sent to and from Ranier and his cousin Anna, Martin and his sister Maddy.  The letters are quite revealing and strangely erotic. You get the sense as you read them that both men live similar lives that run parallel and become closer as time goes by. The Art Procurer is a definite winner and Ridenour will be one to watch out for in the coming years.


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Author:  Jeff Ridenour