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Master forger Lawrence Erlich presents to a New york congress of Twain adepts an alleged new manuscript, 'Wild, wicked wench', authentic according to leading expert professor Chandler Fitzpatrick. After it's authenticated on his authority and accepted for $5,000,000 by his insurance company, Dennis Stanton sets out to have that disproved. The manuscript is destroyed in a fire. Expert Constantin Stavros leaves a message he found the answer, but is killed. He left a literary clue, which NYPD lieutenant Catalano assumes to indicate adultery. Stanton later realizes the more intricate meaning and sets a cunning trap, with a twist after a suspicious second death.
In San Francisco for a book signing, Jessica is surprised when her old friend, insurance investigator and former jewel thief Dennis Stanton, drops by to visit. He regales her with a tale of his most recent case, that of a long lost Mark Twain manuscript. Dennis's company has decided to insure the rare find for $5 million after it's authenticity is confirmed by a leading Twain expert, Professor Chandler Fitzpatrick. Dennis is certain something is wrong however when he sees that one of his former associates, Lawrence Erlich, is behind the deal. When Dennis' friend and document expert Constantin Stavros is found dead, he also has a murder to solve.
A alleged Twain manuscript begets greed, deception, arson, and murder.
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