The Looters by Harold Robbins
THIS GLAMOROUS WORLD IS ALSO A WORLD OF UNIMAGINABLE UGLINESS AND EGO.
Madison Dupre is a young and ambitious art curator who is fixated on reaching the top of the rarefied world of priceless antiquities—an insular playground of the mega-rich, the super-privileged and even the occasional money launderer.
As curator of the prestigious Piedmont Collection, Madison is a rising star who knows how to ruthlessly play the game. She’s there to win, no matter what it takes. When the crown jewel for the museum comes up for auction, the death mask of an ancient queen known as “The Whore of Babylon,” she’s determined to acquire it—and does, during a highly charged auction with the world watching.
During the celebratory press conference, a mysterious Iraqi erupts, claiming Navy Seals and Hussein’s Republican Guard looted the mask from the National Museum during the fall of Baghdad. Though dismissed as the ranting of a lunatic, Madison and her employer understand the gravity of the accusation: if true, Madison committed a felony by buying stolen goods and lost a fortune.
Madison finds herself on an international odyssey spinning in a vortex of deceit and falls into the arms of a mercenary who just might be able to keep her alive as she fights for her life.