A Long Time Coming by Aaron Elkins

A Long Time Coming

It takes a real artist to solve a crime this big—in a brilliant, engrossing mystery by Edgar Award winner Aaron Elkins… Art curator Val Caruso is not a happy camper. His promotion has just been nixed, his divorce has become final, and he’s dug himself into a nice little rut for his fortieth birthday. The uplift? A trip to Milan to help Holocaust survivor Sol Bezzecca recover a pair of cherished sketches by Renoir. They’d once been given t...

Details A Long Time Coming

TitleA Long Time Coming
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Long Time Coming

  • Linda
    "The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief." (William Shakespeare)Valentino Caruso seems to feel that life has stolen some of its golden moments from him. It's turning forty that has put him in the doldrums. He reflects back upon his two failed marriages and the reality that there's not even a glimpse of a new relationship in sight. Perhaps he should just tread water for a while.......But often opportunity doesn't just rap lightly o...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Aaron Elkins, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. A fan of one particular series Aaron Elkins penned over the years, I was curious to see how one of these standalone novels might work for me. Valentino ‘Val’ Caruso is facing middle-age head on, though life has not dealt him the hand he would have liked....
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC.Oh boy, does life start at 40 indeed!Valentino is a currently-not-so-happy art curator for the NY Metropolitan, off to Italy to organize an upcoming exhibition. Just before leaving he's asked to negotiate two recently recovered sketches by Renoir, now on hold in Milan. Longing for purpose and adventure he jumps at the opportunity. And what a ride it turns out to be!Being an Art Buff myself, this...
  • Donna Davis
    Nut shell: unexceptional story hijacked by way-too-wordy setting and an art lecture.
  • Joyce
    5 starsValentino “Val” Caruso is a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He is feeling rather sorry for himself, for he believes he has hit the trifecta of bad luck: the end of his marriage, a promotion denied and he just turned forty. An organization called IRSA which recovers stolen art works that were “disappeared” during WWII calls Val and asks him if he’d like an exciting mission. Since he is off to Italy anyw...
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    I would like to thank NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishing for providing a copy of this book for review. Val Caruso is at a low point in his life. His second divorce has gone through, his promotion to full curator at the museum has fallen through and he has just turned forty. His troubles seem smaller when he meets Solomon Bezzecca. Solomon was raised by his grandfather, who owned two early works by Renoir. Stolen during World War II, they ...
  • Jessica Warland
    4.5 stars. Everything about this novel keeps you hooked. It’s the perfect length for a mystery/thriller, the mystery itself is a thinker, and our MC, Valentino Caruso, is multifaceted.It all starts out when Val, a curator at the MET, is tasked with getting his hands on an early Renoir for Sol Bezzecca, an old man wanting to spend the rest of his days looking at the painting that hung on his wall as a kid, before it was stolen in a Nazi raid. Of...
  • Melissa Dee
    I adore a good art history mystery, and Aaron Elkins has assembled a great one. At the heart of “A Long Time Coming” are two Renoir paintings that were stolen by the Nazis. After a long legal battle, the original owner has failed to recover them. With the help of curator Valentino Caruso, the hunt is on. Plenty of Italian atmosphere (I’m ready for an aperitif), skullduggery, forgery, and some really, really greedy people, make this an excel...
  • Kim
    Val Caruso is able to look in a mirror and give a perfect self-assessment of his present, not so enviable, situation. He did need a few drinks, some clam dip and crackers to make that admission. Who can blame him?! He has lost out on a job promotion, lost another marriage and is losing his youth. He has no home and is staying in a friend’s multi million dollar condo. Simply, his ego has taken a beating. He is in the process of asking himself ...
  • Susan
    Dottor Valentino Caruso is going to Milan to arrange for a tour of some pieces of art. Since he will be there anyway, a friend asks him for a favor: convince someone to lend a piece of artwork to the man it was stolen from during WWII. (rather simplistic summary) This request leads Val into the world of art theft, forgery, international recovery laws, etc. Much of this was well over my head but this didn't stop me from sounding out loud every Ita...
  • Judy
    I am a long-time fan of Elkins's Gideon Oliver series, so I thought I'd take a look at this story of Valentino Caruso, an assistant art curator at a museum in New York City who is in Milan, Italy on a business trip to arrange for a traveling exhibit coming to his museum (and others in the States), but is also squeezing in an attempt to get a Renoir painting looted during WWII returned (or at least long-term loaned) to a survivor of the original o...
  • Suzi
    If you love art, Impressionists, museums, mysteries, humor, and knowing an author has many books in case you need to read more....well, Aaron Elkins (and his wife Charlotte) are good to find. I have read all his (or their( arty books and enjoyed each. this one is published by Amazon which is interesting to me.Val is an unlikely hero and sleuth. Forty, recently divorced, and holding steady in his job as curator for the Met, Val thinks he's at his ...
  • Kathleen Gray
    There's more to the art world than most of us know. Val, on the other hand, gets a quick and harried introduction into how devious people can be. He's had a rough time with a (second) divorce and career problems so a time in Italy and Renoir sketches sounds good. Ha! Very quickly his assistance to Holocaust survivor Sol turns into a murder mystery, conspiracy, and thefts dating back for years. This is a standalone novel which makes it a good intr...
  • Paula
    Great read Thank you to Goodreads for this e-book from an author I know and always enjoy. It starts out as a request from an old man to see a painting from his youth that was stolen during WW2. The story weaves the art world, auction house procedures and forgery in Italy into a believable tale.
  • Debi Levins
    A really excellent bookAnyone interested in art history, WW II history, or simply a good yarn should read this book. The humor is lighthearted, the plot engaging and the solution satisfies. I think I've found a new author to love.
  • Carla Bryant
    Very enjoyable !So glad I found this author. His writing style is refreshing and his subject matter is different and very entertaining.
  • Jean Munroe
    So well written and entertaining. So well written and entertaining. I don't know much about the art world so learned a lot too. Love the locations, too.
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    A murder/mystery in the fine art world.Val Caruso is a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On one level he is a failure as he is divorced and his expected promotion has fallen through. On another level he is well-known with a huge number of contacts world-wide and has extensive knowledge in his field. His contacts and expertise are the main reason why he is asked to attempt to recover a lost masterpiece for the aging, original owner.I pick...