Matilde Asensi: Checkmate in amber
An amazing journey in search of a work of art that mysteriously disappeared during the Nazi period.
Over 500,000 copies sold worldwide by the so called 'Queen of the Spanish Adventure Fiction', one of the top writers in Spanish language, and author of the bestseller The Last Cato.
A group of antiquarians are dealing in stolen works of art. The group is hierarchically organized and its members represent the chess pieces. The King (the eldest team member) leads every operation and the Pawn (the main character of the novel) carries out the orders. Ana Galdeano's next job is finding a unique and exceptional piece, stolen by the Nazi army, which mysteriously disappeared during the final days of World War II. This object is the Amber Salon, an 18th-century room constructed entirely of semitransparent amber from the Baltic. In seeking this magnificent object, Ana finds herself obliged to disentangle the threads of a conspiracy plotted 50 years earlier by two very dangerous Nazi officials. This book has been successfully published in three countries: Italy, France and Greece.