he story began for me in chapter four, but then once again felt cheesy and cliche in the fourt chapter when the officer who has taken the young rookie William Warwick under his wing was killed in a routine stop, one day short of his retirement ( saw that coming).
William then meets a beautiful irl named Beth and after 6 short months they both announce how madly in love they are and want to marry, this too felt pretty cliche but hey, some loves are like that ( still feels cliche, I feel the author added it to the story possibly to give the next part of he tal a door to cross, though it was another issue I had with thi novel) The part that gives conflict to his relationship with Beth is when Mrs. Faulkner climbs into bed with Warwick ( cliche) and he elt he had two choices -- to turn on the light and tell her to leave possible risking the return of the priceless art or to sleep with her and not tell Beth, securing the Rembrandt 's return.
Eve someone married a long time in a semi-happy relationship would but I do n't hink a madly in love person would, 2) Mrs. Faulkner needed the cops on her side more than William needed to sleep with her to secure the painting, it and the detective were already on board the yacht on the ay to the museum with the police to be receiving them when they docked ( I trul do n't think he was in enough of a corner to justify it-so in my mind it just makes him an non-loyal, untrustworthy creep), and 3) Mrs. Faulkner had put a private eye on her husband to gather as much information on his adultery as possible to secure the best possible out-come in her divorce proceedings, why ould she risk her husband doing the same to her ( which she should believe he would as he has the resources to do so) and discover she had slept with the detective?
his made NO sense, considering the judge let him off easy on the condition that he supply the museum with the Rubens they believed to be he real deal ( Warwick could bring this to someone 's attention and have the Rubens at the museum scrutinized) and for the mere fact that this is an who basically almost put you in prison and relieved you of your " two precious " ( stolen) artworks!!!