Sir John Appleby is annoyed at being dragged to a private view of a young artist’s work. But when he is told the exhibition is for Gavin Limbert, recently found shot dead in his apartment, his suspicions are piqued.
When Limbert’s most famous piece is stolen during the show, Appleby finds himself plunged in the dark and dangerous world of art smuggling.
With one masterpiece missing and others disappearing, can Appleby solve this mystery in one night before any more art – or any more lives – are lost forever?
A Private View was originally published in 1952, and was also published as One Man Show and Murder is an Art.
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