The Van Gogh Deception (The Lost Art Mysteries) (Hardcover)

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The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is about to spend a whopping $183 million for a long-lost Van Gogh painting. The Board of Trustees is just waiting on one last art expert’s report of authenticity when, days before the planned purchase, Art is found in the museum, a boy about 12 years old who can remember nothing about himself but who knows an awful lot about art. Returning to the museum hoping to rekindle a memory or two, Art and Camille, the daughter of his emergency guardian, retrieve his backpack and quickly find themselves in a race to foil kidnappers, recover Art’s memory and thwart the greatest art fraud to date. Integrated QR codes allow readers to see the museum artwork mentioned throughout. Jason Bourne meets The DaVinci Code in this fast-paced thriller for readers 10 and older.

— Jennifer


Dan Brown meets Jason Bourne in this riveting middle-grade mystery thriller. When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC’s National Gallery without any recollection of who he is, so begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity.

      As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted. Digitally interactive, this breathtaking museum mystery offers QR codes woven throughout the book that bring renowned paintings to readers’ fingertips.

About the Author

As a lawyer, Deron R. Hicks investigates mysteries for a living. He is also the author of several books for young readers, including The Van Gogh Deception, which is part of the Lost Art Mysteries series. He lives in Warm Springs, Georgia, with his wife and children. To learn more, visit

Praise For…

"A suspenseful mystery romp with art appreciation and heartening trust in readers' intelligence." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"... A mash-up of high culture, high tech, mystery and action... readers ages 9-13 will relish every surprise turnabout." — Wall Street Journal

"Hicks deftly mixes details about art history and forgery into a fastpaced, nonstop-action mystery plot..." — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544759275
ISBN-10: 0544759273
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: The Lost Art Mysteries