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BOOK REVIEW: THE DOUBLE EAGLE
BY JAMES TWINING

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An engrossing combination of the story of a double cross, featuring two appealing characters, James Twinings novel "The Double Eagle" is a very entertaining read.

In the early years of his administration as he sought ways to overcome the Great Depression in the US, President Franklin Roosevelt recalled all gold coinage, in a banking maneuver designed to ease pressure on the US financial system. It's not necessary for the reader to understand the ins and outs of banking management, it's only necessary to understand that not all the coins were melted down. Several were kept to be displayed as museum pieces and kept under the highest security at Fort Knox. But what if someone realized that the coins had been stolen? What if there was an art thief whose trademark mode of operation seemed to indicate that he was involved? What if an FBI agent seeking to resurrect her career after a disastrous mistake in judgement was sent to track the thief? What if everyone involved were actually pawns in a larger game involving stolen art, clandestine sales, and the feeding of monstrous egos?

Twining sets his stage with all the above scenarios, and the reader is off on a dangerous game of cat and mouse, moving from London, to Paris, to Amsterdam, to Istanbul. Tom Kirk, the thief who is seeking a path to end his criminal career; and Jennifer Browne, the FBI agent seeking resolution are first allowed to believe they are working in the right. But betrayal follows double cross follows jeopardy.

This is Twining's debut novel, and it's an excellent beginning. He leaves one or two loose ends, but the book jacket promises another book with the same characters, so perhaps not only the good guys will be back for another adventure!

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