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Carol Orange

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Connection to Illinois: Orange currently lives in Chicago.

Biography: Carol Orange has worked in the art world for more than twenty years. She began as a research editor on art books in London and later became an art dealer in Boston. She lived in Paris for two years, where she researched George Sand's life and writing. Her short story 'Delicious Dates' was included in Warren Adler's 2010 short story anthology. Another story, 'Close Call' appeared in the Atherton Review, Volume 102.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A Discerning Eye
ISBN: 0998749362 OCLC: 1206388761

Cavan Bridge Press 2020

Art dealer Portia Malatesta is devastated when she learns that thirteen works of art were robbed from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To help uncover the whereabouts of the artwork, she sets out to construct a psychological profile of the thief. By analyzing the common theme linking the stolen pieces, she suspects the mastermind behind the heist is obsessed with the interplay of dark and light--not only in art, but also in life. The FBI enlists Portia's help in a high-stakes sting operation to recover the stolen works of art--a dangerous proposition that will take her to Colombia, where she'll have to earn the trust of a notorious drug lord's married daughter. Risking everything, Portia navigates the underworld of Medellin--a complicated web of politics, pride, and ugly crimes--where a single misstep could have deadly consequences.--Provided by publisher.