The best time to steal something is before it’s worth anything.
Mallory Richards, a bright American college senior with serious hacker chops, is on the precipice of landing her dream job printing the Euro, the first new currency in the twenty-first century.
When an accident leaves Mallory’s father dead and her mother in a coma, Mallory discovers that her parents were once international art thieves—and that an original Monet still hangs in their basement. In a letter written before his death, Mallory’s father reveals that he had been planning to steal 30 million of the new Euros before their official release. He challenges his daughter to follow in his footsteps by pulling off this “perfect job,” to pilfer the very money she had been so excited to help create.
Using her father’s plans, Mallory hooks up with his former partners and heads to France for the heist. The theft goes down, and Mallory is comforted by a sense of being closer to her lost parents—but it isn’t long before she discovers that the thrill of being in league with criminals is not worth the risk.
About the Author
Barbara Seith studied fiction writing at the Gotham Writers Workshop. In addition to being an accomplished water-colorist with paintings in collections around the globe, she writes and performs one-woman musical comedy shows in New York City. After earning her MBA and MS in information systems, she worked for many years in the investment and information technology fields. Her experience in finance, systems, and art gives her an insider’s perspective on this tale of counterfeiting, international currency, art forgery, and computer hacking.