Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered
life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and
the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the
renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National
Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow''s patient.
When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself
going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the
secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead
him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward
a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.
Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the
late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to
last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of
history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.