Tony Hawkin, Apache Indian and manager of the book and print shop in Washington's National Gallery, is recruited as an art expert by the F.B.I. A priceless daVinci painting, thought to be destroyed in the war, has surfaced in Mexico. Hawkin is to go there and ascertain whether the painting is genuine, and try to obtain it.
The death of his Mexican connection plunges Hawkin into increasingly bizarre adventures with Israeli, Italian, German and U.S agencies who want to get their hands on the painting.
Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey, 1925–2012) was an American science fiction (SF) author, best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green (1973). Harrison was (with Brian Aldiss) the co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.
Aldiss called him "a constant peer and great family friend". His friend Michael Carroll said, "Imagine Pirates of the Caribbean or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and picture them as science-fiction novels. They're rip-roaring adventures, but they're stories with a lot of heart."
Novelist Christopher Priest wrote in an obituary, "Harrison was an extremely ... (more)