Monday, February 18, 2008

Fiction Imitates Life – Van Gogh Missing from Heist - and in Miniature

Police were still searching Monday for three masked men responsible for the daring heist of four Impressionist paintings Sunday from a private art museum in Zurich. The paintings, valued at $163 million, included works by Cezanne, Degas, Monet and Van Gogh.

The burglary follows on the heels of an earlier theft, also in Zurich, of two Picassos on loan from Germany. In a case of fiction imitating real life, the search for another missing Van Gogh is the focus of “SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT,” A Miniature Art Mystery by Christine Verstraete, coming in May from Quake/Echelon Press, LLC.

The missing painting is a miniature replica of Van Gogh’s famous work, “The Starry Night.” In SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT, Sam and her best friend, Lita, with the help of a mischievous Dachshund named Petey, try to find the missing painting so Sam's mother can get it to the museum, where it belongs.

Spooky family secrets unfold, Petey digs up an ancient curse, and Sam fears her friendship with her best friend is doomed. Can she find the miniature masterpiece before it's too late? Will she and her best friend, Lita, go home forever friends – or enemies?

Art Recovered! And.... was it a protest? See

The article was posted on February 18th.

SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT will be published in May ’08 from Quake/Echelon Press, LLC, ISBN: 978-1-59080-579-4

Contact: Christine Verstraete

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