The Storm over Paris
By William Ian Grubman
In 1942 Paris, Mori Rothstein—an art dealer and expert in master paintings from the Renaissance to Realism—has been sought after by every major museum in the world for his knowledge. Also hunting him down is Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering.
Goering intends to exploit this Jew’s knowledge in service to the Fuhrer. Reluctantly, Mori cooperates to keep his family safe and begins the task of appraising stolen French art. As his friends and fellow Jews disappear, he forges a questionable relationship with one of the most notorious Nazis in Europe—his fidelity and morals tested daily.
Amidst the plundered art that shows up in Mori’s workspace is a painting Mori himself procured for a client, The Expulsion of Hagar, by Caravaggio. As more and more of his clients’ paintings appear, Mori’s sense of duty, and his ire, change the course of his work for Goering. With the help of his son Émile, a master painter, Mori sets in motion a plan to steal paintings from the Nazis for safekeeping, walking himself and his family into a web of intrigue, kidnapping, and murder.