Titian, a Bruegel, and a panel from the Amber Room—vanished during WWII—come to life again.
A string of deaths drags Dix Connor and his art expert wife into a suspense-filled game of cat & mouse with a clandestine organization with roots in the closing days of WWII.
It was one of the greatest crimes of the century…. Grand museums and families lost countless valuables and works of art to Nazi lootings in what has been called “the rape of Europa.” Parker’s story begins just outside the Bavarian salt mines as the American and Russian armies are closing in. Amid the chaos, SS officers scramble to hide ill-gotten treasures that will finance the “Fourth Reich.” Only a precious journal detailing an inventory of treasure caches around the Tirol holds a clue.
Forty plus years later, the hunt for Europe’s lost art falls to a husband and wife team who become entangled in this web of stolen treasures. Dix and Maria Connor face down a secret and deadly network trafficking in Titians, Bruegels and remnants of Peter the Great’s magnificent Amber Room. From northeast Italy to Brussels, these amateur detectives risk everything to right the wrongs of history. Crisscross Europe’s past and present in this thinking man’s action novel.
The lust for loot crosses paths with history’s ghosts in this high-octane thriller.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an art lover and stationed in Europe during my Army career, I was fascinated by the art and related stories. Art has been looted for centuries and not just by dictators. I accepted a challenge from my wife and wrote “Treasures of the Fourth Reich.”
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Maria is based on an art dealer I met in Panama just before the US invaded. She and her stories were fascinating.
Dix and Steve are based on Army officers I knew. Major Ulrich V. Fabian is based on a German SS officer that made of with treasures from the salt mines at the close of the war. Robert Hamilton is based on an officer from the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the OSS’s Counterintelligence Branch. I came up with the Fabian and Hamilton characters after reading about that art looting.
Patrick Parker retired from the U.S. Army after a distinguished and rewarding career of more than twenty-three years commissioned and enlisted service. He saw duty in the United States, Southeast Asia, Europe and Panama. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Economics from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Boston University.
Patrick grew up in Jenks, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa. He and his wife now live in New Braunfels, Texas after a successful career in the defense industry. Of the many places the U.S. Army sent Patrick, the most memorable for the family was the five years they spent in Italy. Inspired by authors like Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, John le Carré and, of course Tom Clancy, Patrick draws on his Army and defense experience to write fast paced thrillers.
Patrick accepted a challenge from his wife and wrote “Treasures of the Fourth Reich.” Continuing to leverage his background, he has completed his next novel which will be out later this year and has already started the next thriller.
Patrick is a member of the Association of the United States Army and Military Officers Association of America. He enjoys sailing, scuba diving, going to the beach, travel, and the arts.
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