Mona Lisa Speaks
by Christopher Angel
Brilliant and confident Robertson Ross, an outdoorsy Canadian computer expert hired to update the Louvre’s security system, falls in love with Mathilde, a classic beauty and cultured Parisian art dealer. But, when he discovers that she’s deeply in debt to Jacques Renard, a powerful and dangerous lord of the French criminal underground, he has to embark on the risky and thrilling theft of the Mona Lisa to save her – and their unborn child.
Rob’s biggest problems actually begin after he successfully steals the Mona Lisa and replaces her with a perfect copy. Facing betrayals and double-crosses at all turns, he needs every bit of his intelligence, cunning, courage, and computer skills to stay alive and reunite with his true love. This is a story of thrills, danger, and a Canadian from the frozen North falling in love with Paris.
Canadian-born IT specialist, Robertson Ross, accepts a job at the Louvre through his company ACA. His job is to update the security system for the priceless art and move on to the next IT job wherever ACA decides to send him. He meets high society art gallery owner, Mathilde, shortly after coming to France and his life veers off-track quickly. Right before he finds out that Mathilde is pregnant with their child, he finds out that she owes ten million Euros to a disreputable and evil businessman, Jacques. In order to save Mathilde from Jacques’ demands for repayment or some other detestable form of recompensation, Robertson agrees to steal, first a small statue, and then the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. The action quickly heats up with betrayal and double-crosses as Robertson attempts to keep Mathilde, their unborn child, and Mathilde’s brother J.C. safe. Luckily, this mountain man is up to the challenge.
Fun adventure and one that kept me sweating, just waiting for Robertson to get caught. The action is just long enough to hold my attention but not long enough to bore me. Author Christopher Angel knows how to write a modern action/adventure with a hero as ordinary and likeable as Dick Francis’s heroes. With a humble demeanor, Robertson schemes and plans with the best of them, stealing the Mona Lisa yet coming out a hero. Imagine how excited I was when I realized that there will be ANOTHER book titled The Sapphire Screams staring Robertson and Mathilde fighting crime and injustice again. Yay!!
Emmy nominee Christopher Angel was inspired to write The Mona Lisa Speaks, his first novel, during a visit to the Louvre, where he dared ask, “why is the Mona Lisa so famous?” The answer, in part, surprised him: few know that the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, and went missing for two years. Wondering what happened in those intervening two years launched his own fictional update of the story.
A professional film-maker, Christopher’s most recent movie as a writer/director is This Is Not A Test – a satire about domestic terrorism that aired on Showtime. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on James Cameron’s documentary, Expedition Bismarck, and won a student Academy Award for his short film, Mr. October. Christopher received his B.A. from Yale University, where he was a Humanities major, and an MFA in film-making from the University of Southern California.