The Looters by Harold Robbins

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In the world of priceless art, greed and egos collide-- anything goes, at any price
 
The world of priceless art is a playground for billionaires, a rarefied atmosphere even more privileged and ruthless than owning a champion race horse or a sports team. Money and ego have turned the quest for art into a deadly business in which the superrich battle to possess the rarest and most beautiful objets d'art on Earth.
 
Sammu-ramat: Queen of Babylon. The first warrior queen in history, called by some the Whore of Babylon. Her golden death mask left a legacy of lust and violence to those who fought to possess it.
 
Madison Dupre: curator for the billion-dollar Piedmont collection. She fights for her career, her freedom--and her life--after she acquires the fifty-five-million-dollar golden mask of the long dead Babylonian queen.
 
Coby Lewis: an ex-Navy SEAL, who uses his frogman training to dive for sunken treasure. Madison knows she can't trust him… but she also can't resist him.
 
Abdul ibn Hussein: His father died protecting the golden mask from thieves. Abdul said that the mask was stolen when the Baghdad museum was looted as American troops entered the city. He also claims that Navy SEALs worked with Iraqis to loot the museum.
 
New York, London, Zurich, and Malaga are the venues as the heat is turned on Madison--and she goes on the run to clear her name and save her life.
 

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Born in New York City, HAROLD ROBBINS is one of the world's bestselling authors, writing novels that often mirrored his own experiences and that were peopled by characters he had met. JUNIUS PODRUG was selected by the Robbins Estate to carry on the ideas, uncompleted works, and tradition of Harold Robbins because he was both a friend of Harold's and a writer whose books Harold admired. He is the author of Harold Robbins' Blood Royal and The Devil to Pay.
 
Published September 18, 2007 by Forge Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When an elderly Iraqi man pops up at a museum gala to shout the truth about the mask, Madison finds her carefully constructed and very expensive world crumbling.

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This and many other self-made myths were debunked by Andrew Wilson in his respectful, well-researched, and culturally contextualized biography, Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex, published last fall.) Robbins was able to pin the needles on all possible megalomaniac meters and make his cha...

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