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The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E.L. Konigsburg **** (of 4)

Ostensibly a yound adult book, but like all of Konigsburg’s works, her protagonists may be young adults, but her themes are fully matured. Man, can she write, too. In this short mystery a 12-year-old Jewish boy uncovers a drawing by Modigliani that is almost certainly a piece of art looted by the Nazis. It appears under questionable circumstances in the home of a retired opera star. The question is how did the diva come by the drawing and why did the Nazis persecute Jews, gays, and gypsies to acquire it. November 2008.