Tom Kirk. The world’s greatest art thief.
Jennifer Browne. The FBI agent desperate for a second chance.
Cassius. The criminal mastermind controlling the art underworld.
A priest is viciously murdered in Paris, the killers dumping his mutilated body into the Seine. Only he has taken a secret with him to his death. A secret that reveals itself during his autopsy and reawakens memories of Depression-era politics and a eighty year old heist.
Jennifer Browne, a young and ambitious FBI agent, is assigned to the case. For her, this is a final opportunity to kick-start a career that has stalled after one fatal error of judgement three years before. This time, she is determined that there will be no mistakes.
Her investigation soon uncovers a daring robbery from Fort Knox. The immediate suspect is Tom Kirk, a brilliant young art thief and a man whose very existence could bring down the newly elected President. Tom, however, is innocent, caught instead between his desire to finally get out of the game and his partner’s insistence that he complete one last job for the criminal overlord Cassius or face the terrifying consequences.
So begins a thrilling race against time by Tom to clear his name. A race that pitches him into an unlikely and uneasy truce with Jennifer Browne and takes them from London to Paris, Amsterdam and Istanbul in their search for the real thieves and the legendary Double Eagle.
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History of the Double Eagle
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The 1933 Double Eagle
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Executive Order 6102
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