by Thomas Swan
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Amazon Editorial Review
In this exciting new novel of suspense, Thomas Swan spins a fascinating tale about a beautiful and mysterious Fabergé Imperial egg, long rumored to have been commissioned by Grigori Rasputin for his beloved Czarina Alexandra. Is it merely an old rumor, or does such an egg exist? If the final Fabergé exists, where has it been since Rasputin was assassinated in 1916? And does the egg possess a special power that only the mysterious and enigmatic monk could have placed over it?
Detective Chief Inspector Jack Oxby (the sleuth in The Da Vinci Deception), on leave from Scotland Yard's Arts and Antiques Squad, has accepted a challenge from world-renowned financier and art collector Christopher Forbes to either disprove the rumor or learn its truth. If the facts suggest that the final Fabergé exists, then Oxby's assignment is to find it.
An abundance of clues to the priceless Imperial egg's whereabouts abound, but as Oxby pursues every lead, he soon discovers that whoever attempts to find the stunning artifact winds up dead. Unseen by the detective is a young and deadly couple known to a few as the Twins—husband and wife Viktor and Galina Lysenko, as ruthless as they are beautiful.
Oxby's investigation traverses the globe from New York to London then to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he links up with his old friend Yakov Ilyushin. The two continue the dizzying search together, traveling to Tashkent in Uzbekistan and back to St. Petersburg. Along the way, Oxby unravels more than three quarters of a century of betrayal and murder as he gets closer to the truth about the Imperial egg.
More startling clues lead to facts that inevitably reveal the relationship between an estranged father and son, and a treacherous pakan—a Russian crime boss—who profoundly affects the lives of both men. The adventure continues in New York, leading to a sudden and shocking conclusion.
The Final Fabergé is a tautly plotted pageturner that continues to establish Thomas Swan as one of the top mystery writers of today.
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