Allmen and the Dragonflies by Martin Suter audiobook

Allmen and the Dragonflies

By Martin Suter
Translated by Steph Morris
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing 9781939931573

The Allmen Series: Book 1

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A thrilling art-heist escapade that evokes a world of European high culture and luxury, while plumbing the vicissitudes of less exalted human foibles and obsessions Johann Friedrich von Allmen, a bon vivant of dandified refinement, has exhausted his family fortune. Forced to downscale, Allmen inhabits the garden house of his former Zurich estate, attended by his Guatemalan butler, Carlos. When not reading novels by Balzac and Somerset Maugham, he plays jazz on a Bechstein baby grand. Allmen’s fortunes take a sharp turn when he meets Jojo, a stunning blonde whose lakeside villa contains five art nouveau bowls created by renowned French artist Émile Gallé and decorated with a dragonfly motif. Allmen, seeking to pay off mounting debts, absconds with the priceless bowls and embarks on a high-risk, potentially violent bid to cash them in. This is the first book in a series of humorous, fast-paced detective novels devoted to Allmen—a memorable gentleman-thief who, with his trusted sidekick Carlos, creates an investigative firm to recover missing precious objects.

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Summary

Summary

A thrilling art-heist escapade that evokes a world of European high culture and luxury, while plumbing the vicissitudes of less exalted human foibles and obsessions

Johann Friedrich von Allmen, a bon vivant of dandified refinement, has exhausted his family fortune. Forced to downscale, Allmen inhabits the garden house of his former Zurich estate, attended by his Guatemalan butler, Carlos. When not reading novels by Balzac and Somerset Maugham, he plays jazz on a Bechstein baby grand.

Allmen’s fortunes take a sharp turn when he meets Jojo, a stunning blonde whose lakeside villa contains five art nouveau bowls created by renowned French artist Émile Gallé and decorated with a dragonfly motif. Allmen, seeking to pay off mounting debts, absconds with the priceless bowls and embarks on a high-risk, potentially violent bid to cash them in.

This is the first book in a series of humorous, fast-paced detective novels devoted to Allmen—a memorable gentleman-thief who, with his trusted sidekick Carlos, creates an investigative firm to recover missing precious objects.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A smartly entertaining read…A classy puzzler to be read for plot, character, and atmosphere by a wide range of readers.” Library Journal
“In the honorable vein of elegant, gentleman thieves, comes Allmen, the colorful protagonist of Suter’s beautifully observed, deliciously fun novel.” Noah Charney, author of The Art Thief
“This is a crisp, wonderfully atmospheric novel…Martin Suter is a terrific writer and deserves far greater recognition in America. With this superb translation, he should soon have it.” Jonathan Rabb, author of Among the Living and Rosa

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Author

Author Bio: Martin Suter

Author Bio: Martin Suter

Martin Suter, born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1948, is a novelist, screenwriter, and newspaper columnist. He has written a dozen novels, many of them bestsellers in Europe and translated into thirty-two languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 3.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English