A vacation in Sicily turns deadly when young schoolteachers Andrew and his wife Ada find themselves commissioned to solve one the oldest mysteries in the car world. The whereabouts of the priceless 1935 Duesenberg SJ Emmanuel owned by King Victor Emmanuel of Italy has remained undiscovered for decades.Read more...
A vacation in Sicily turns deadly when young schoolteachers Andrew and his wife Ada find themselves commissioned to solve one the oldest mysteries in the car world. The whereabouts of the priceless 1935 Duesenberg SJ Emmanuel owned by King Victor Emmanuel of Italy has remained undiscovered for decades. Hot on its trail, Andrew and Ada are drawn into a world of high-stakes intrigue. Following the clues along a path of potential landmines, they become immersed in the dangerous landscape of Sicily s mafia. In a land of high-rollers where the money flows, Andrew and the feisty Ada must contend with a series of riddles, risky complications, and the most notorious crime boss in Sicily.
Classic car enthusiasts rejoice The Duesenberg Caper is lush with the rarest and costliest cars money can t buy. Roger Corea delves into a wealth of loving detail only a true aficionado could deliver. Shrouded in enigma, his intoxicating Sicilian countryside is a catalyst for this electrifying thriller to unfold."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Corea (Scarback) bases this semi-picaresque novel on a real-world mystery involving one of the most famous and potentially valuable automobiles ever built, a 1935 Duesenberg owned by King Victor Emmanuel of Italy. The magnificent car disappeared during WWII. Was it destroyed in a bombing raid or artillery barrage? Was it in the cargo hold of a ship that went to the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea, separating Sicily from the Italian mainland? Or does it still exist, hidden in a cave or in the cellar beneath a castle? While on vacation in Sicily, Andrew P. Robinson III and his bride, Ada, go in search of the missing Duesenberg. Blundering into Sicilian high society when Robinson is mistaken for his father, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, the couple find themselves tangled in a web of treachery, grand theft, torture, and murder. The appealing protagonists make up in part for glacial pacing and stiff prose. Still, lovers of classic automobiles will find the sometimes excessive detail irresistible. (Sept.)