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rank 5936
word count 18847
date submitted 02.05.2010
date updated 18.11.2013
genres: Fiction, Thriller, Crime
classification: universal
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The Van Gogh Scam

Roy Munday

Residents of a care home are facing eviction. Their only chance of salvation - create a Van Gogh masterpiece and sell it in a scam

 

Danny Roberts’ art career is going nowhere.
He’s penniless; his wife has walked out on him and he’s a crap teaching job in the Three Elms care home - whoes owner is quietly murdering the residents to gain their remaining assests to solve her financial problems.
A group of misguided residents, unaware that they are being quietly killed off and led by ex-conman Alfie Edwards, come up with a plan they believe will rescue their home from bankruptcy.
If Danny can fake a long lost Van Gogh painting, it can be used in a sophisticated scam and raise the millions needed to rescue the home. Danny Roberts is horrified at the suggestion, but eventually is persuaded by Alfie, and the scam is set in motion.
Oh, and just one of the problems to overcome. First, they’ve got to steal the original Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting from London’s National Gallery!
This story moves at a pace through both the low and the high end of the international art world where the provenance of a piece of art is everything and where everyone is willing to bend the rules in order to gain either prestige or money.

 
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zan wrote 1529 days ago

The Van Gogh Conspiracy
Roy Munday

I love your plot. Very inventive of you to come up with such a scam! The prologue is nicely done with Van Gogh's descent into another period of madness. Some pretty intensive research must have gone into this part. Nicely done and I could easily carry on reading your complete upload if I had the time. May this gain enough visibiity here to enable you to find an agent/publisher. Much impressed and happy to back.

AuthorTom wrote 1534 days ago

Backed with confidence! Tom Ryerson (Carnal Wreckage)

Bocri wrote 1542 days ago

03 May 2010
18:46

As a devotee and admirer of all things relating to Vincent van Gogh I was impressed with the wealth of detail that appears in the relatively long first chapter. The writing is confident and competent without descending into a 'Not many people know that' litany. Van Gogh is misspelled in many instances but that can be remedied by proofing.
The comedic element, in the care home, kicks in in the second chapter and we have a different but nonetheless capable voice for the narrator. Due to only having three chapters on display I assume that the two themes will dovetail. BACKED. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run

Roy Munday wrote 1543 days ago

I love books that have letters in them because it's like having your nosiness satisfied. There's something very cosy and yet suspenseful about this. It's the sort of thriller I read. But I found the prologue a hold-up. Could the information it contains not be woven into the story? Sorry if that sounds insensitive. I got rid of my prologue for similar reasons. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn


Lynn. Many thanks for your comment. And it's not insensative. The reason I've joined this community is to get people's responses, either good or bad. I'm totally new to this process and am still finding my way around. Many thanks again. Roy

Linda Lou wrote 875 days ago

THE VAN GOGH CONSPIRACY
ROY MUNDAY
Hullo Roy. You are a dedicated historian, one of the reasons I enjoy writing about someone I have never really thought about beyond the art that he created. Your MS gives an inside look a this personality and the way Van Gogh interacted with those around him. Very good and easily starred. Please consider my non-fiction and thanks for that. LLL

D K Willis wrote 1368 days ago

Roy, This is a terrific idea and it is well executed. I can't help but think that an enterprising producer would snatch up the film rights to this in a hurry. I think it would translate to the screen beautifully, and that would hopefully encourage more people to read the book. I hope your book gets the recognition it deserves. Backed with pleasure.

DK WILLIS
THE THIEF ON THE CROSS

Tom Balderston wrote 1412 days ago

This is a great story-line. Some question on the plausibility of an owner taking the assets of nursing home residents. One, they generally have little, and their family is waiting for whatever is left. The family also watches owners very closly, especially those with money. But this should be engaging. Quite a caper.
Tom Balderston
The Wonder of Terra

DP Walker wrote 1498 days ago

Hi Roy
This is a great idea for a plot - thrilling, entertaining and quite humorous at the same time. I love the cover but are you allowed to use it? Just a thought. Copyright and all that. You've managed to create a book with loads going on, but it's a smooth read at the same time.
DP Walker
Five Dares

Jayne Lind wrote 1500 days ago

Roy - I seldom gush on this forum, but this is outstanding, incredibly interesting, and very well written. I hope it gets published and sells lots of copies! Really good. Jayne

Raymond Crane wrote 1514 days ago

Your pitch needs some working on - there are some errors - but i LIKE it so I'm backing it - please have a look at my books - thank you and good luck !

Su Dan wrote 1515 days ago

you idea to begin with a letter is a good one. it sets up something real and serious. very good good work...
su dan...read SEASONS...

Barry Wenlock wrote 1518 days ago

Hi Roy, I enjoyed reading some of your book, which I thought sat nicely in the great British comedy genre, as well as being a thrilling read.
Vincent van Gogh is a very popular artist. Your story deserves to be popular, too, although perhaps not quite as popular as him.
Backed and on my shelf.
Best wishes, Barry
Little Krisna and the Bihar Boys

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1518 days ago

Your cover is great - I'm a big Van Gogh fan. This is a fun thriller with interesting twists in the plot. BACKED - Elizabeth Wolfe (Memories of Glory)

Famlavan wrote 1522 days ago

To say that this has a comic element to it also has a lot of depth and knowledge.
Thought the Van Gogh almost pre-teach was very good, engaging and entertainingly informative. I thought the structure of this book was very good as was the style it was written in. – Great story well told. – Good luck.

Burgio wrote 1524 days ago

VAN GOGH CONSPIRACY
This is a clever idea for a story: a nursing home in financial trouble, a starving artist, a mix of older adults whose lives are in danger . . . I like the way you begin this with Van Gogh. It sets an interesting tone for the whole story. I also like stories that present older adults in a positive light and this story does that well (with the exception of Gloria). I pictured a movie as I read it with aging Hollywood matrons staring in it. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

lionel25 wrote 1528 days ago

Roy, your prologue was interesting and powerful enough to sweep me into the first chapter. Nothing to fault in those two sections.

Shelved with pleasure.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

Roy Munday wrote 1528 days ago

Hello Rosalind,
many thanks for your positive comments on The Van Gogh Conspiracy. Much appreciated. Will take a look at your book, though it will be a few days. Am very busy with my own art project at the moment.
Best wishes, Roy

Delightful idea, and you've done some research. It was great to have the Prologue, too. the dialogue runs along nicely in Ch 5. Well done - amusing. A couple of typos in 2 - goes for go and draw for drawer.

Good Luck. Heartily backed
Rosalind
Good for Him - another easy read but not such fun

Lara wrote 1528 days ago

Delightful idea, and you've done some research. It was great to have the Prologue, too. the dialogue runs along nicely in Ch 5. Well done - amusing. A couple of typos in 2 - goes for go and draw for drawer.

Good Luck. Heartily backed
Rosalind
Good for Him - another easy read but not such fun

zan wrote 1529 days ago

The Van Gogh Conspiracy
Roy Munday

I love your plot. Very inventive of you to come up with such a scam! The prologue is nicely done with Van Gogh's descent into another period of madness. Some pretty intensive research must have gone into this part. Nicely done and I could easily carry on reading your complete upload if I had the time. May this gain enough visibiity here to enable you to find an agent/publisher. Much impressed and happy to back.

A Knight wrote 1530 days ago

Excellent premise. It gripped me right from the start. Vivid descriptions made this incredibly believable, and this was supported by some excellent and believable characterisation. It's quirky and funny, without descending into the absurd, and makes for a fresh piece in the genre.

Fantastic work.
Abi xxx

Eveleen wrote 1532 days ago

Murder in a care home. Well, it happens in real life too, backed, hope you've time to read mine.

yasmin esack wrote 1533 days ago

Your short pitch does nOT do this fine work justice
backed with pleasure
Wonderful!
Best

AuthorTom wrote 1534 days ago

Backed with confidence! Tom Ryerson (Carnal Wreckage)

eloraine wrote 1538 days ago

The pitch pulled me in and carried me effortlessly through, well written. Backed. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

Roy Munday wrote 1539 days ago

Thanks for you kind comments, Harold. Hope to have the next chapter up by next week. Many thanks. Roy

Hi Roy, What a great read! I like the opening chapter. It hooked me and I didn't stop until the end of chapter 3. Well written and I look forwarded to the remaining of the book. I back it. Harold Alvin (ICON)Wesley

wespollet wrote 1539 days ago

Hi Roy, What a great read! I like the opening chapter. It hooked me and I didn't stop until the end of chapter 3. Well written and I look forwarded to the remaining of the book. I back it. Harold Alvin (ICON)Wesley

mando wrote 1540 days ago

Love this premise! Cannot wait to read more of this. Backed.

Niobrara Kardnova wrote 1541 days ago

Fascinating stuff here! I started reading this book because of the intricate plot described in the pitch, but you really sucked me into Van Gogh's life story. I'm sure that photograph Mille took with her will come back into play somewhere, but I would read this for your descriptions of the art world alone. Lots of desperate characters and lots of craziness. A pleasure to read!
Niobrara Kardnova (The Trouble with Wives)

Roy Munday wrote 1542 days ago

Unless you are going to bring the artists into the story intermittently as you go along, I agree with Iva P. The prologue doesn't seem to add to the actual plot. The story itself is great and carries you along, eager to find out what happens next.
As a lot of people only ever read the first few paragraphs (you'll find out why as you go) they need to grab the reader and be representative of the work as a whole. The murder of Mavis would be the best place to start - that would grab the reader for sure - the letter can be revealed later.
Good luck with it. Sylvia.

Many thanks for this suggestion, Sylvia. Yes, I agree that one has to grab the reader from the start, and I could see the book starting as you suggested. I'll submit further chapters to authonomy over the coming weeks before making a final decision over the prologue. Best regards, Roy

Sylvia Lumley wrote 1542 days ago

Unless you are going to bring the artists into the story intermittently as you go along, I agree with Iva P. The prologue doesn't seem to add to the actual plot. The story itself is great and carries you along, eager to find out what happens next.
As a lot of people only ever read the first few paragraphs (you'll find out why as you go) they need to grab the reader and be representative of the work as a whole. The murder of Mavis would be the best place to start - that would grab the reader for sure - the letter can be revealed later.
Good luck with it. Sylvia.

Melcom wrote 1542 days ago

You have obviously carried out a lot of research for this book, which adds to the interesting plotline.
You have a wonderful writing style one that engages the reader from the start.
The idea that this takes place in a care home has to be unique.

Happy to back this one.
Melxx
Impeding Justice

Roy Munday wrote 1542 days ago

This is a silly, fantastic premise - I love it! Can't wait to find out what happens. (Oh, there is a small typo in your pitch - it should be "whose", not "who's) BACKED -Elizabeth Wolfe (Memories of Glory)


Hello Elizabeth. Thanks for pointing out the typo error.
Best regards, Roy

Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 1542 days ago

This is a silly, fantastic premise - I love it! Can't wait to find out what happens. (Oh, there is a small typo in your pitch - it should be "whose", not "who's) BACKED -Elizabeth Wolfe (Memories of Glory)

Bocri wrote 1542 days ago

03 May 2010
18:46

As a devotee and admirer of all things relating to Vincent van Gogh I was impressed with the wealth of detail that appears in the relatively long first chapter. The writing is confident and competent without descending into a 'Not many people know that' litany. Van Gogh is misspelled in many instances but that can be remedied by proofing.
The comedic element, in the care home, kicks in in the second chapter and we have a different but nonetheless capable voice for the narrator. Due to only having three chapters on display I assume that the two themes will dovetail. BACKED. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run

Iva P. wrote 1542 days ago

Hi Roy! I began to read your book and I will back it or not after reading more chapters. The first thing that occurred to me was that you should consider dropping the prologue. I read it impatiently, wanting to get to the real story – that of the care home. You really don’t need to include van Gogh’s bio (it still reads like a bio despite your effort of dramatizing it with dialogues). To readers interested in art a glimpse of Vincent’s life adds nothing new. The others certainly know he was a famous painter and that should be sufficient for the time being. I’m sure there will be more about him later in the story.

Iva P.
Fame and Infamy

Maggie P wrote 1543 days ago

Hi, I liked this a lot, the way you begin in the past, setting the scene nicely for what follows. I look forward to reading on, good luck with it, maggie P.

Julia Rhodes wrote 1543 days ago

The Van Gogh Conspiracy is a very well planned and brilliantly written book.
It is very clear that the a lot of thought has gone into the detail.
I enjoyed reading it very much and thought the whole premise was excellent.
Very well done.

Amylovesbooks wrote 1543 days ago

This is good. The Van Gogh history was nicely done, and I enjoy your writing style. The only fault I can see is that there isn't more of it to read! Backed with pleasure.

Amy
Love Match

Jim Darcy wrote 1543 days ago

This reads really well and is crying out to be made into a screenplay! It would be hilarious! The dry humour complements the pathos and means that we can't hate Gloria and the rest, even if we feel we ought to. Dialogue convinces and your background on van Gogh shines. Great bank holiday read. Thank you.
Jim Darcy The Firelord's Crown
only spotted one typo centuary should be century?

Roy Munday wrote 1543 days ago

I love books that have letters in them because it's like having your nosiness satisfied. There's something very cosy and yet suspenseful about this. It's the sort of thriller I read. But I found the prologue a hold-up. Could the information it contains not be woven into the story? Sorry if that sounds insensitive. I got rid of my prologue for similar reasons. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn


Lynn. Many thanks for your comment. And it's not insensative. The reason I've joined this community is to get people's responses, either good or bad. I'm totally new to this process and am still finding my way around. Many thanks again. Roy

Roy Munday wrote 1543 days ago

I love books that have letters in them because it's like having your nosiness satisfied. There's something very cosy and yet suspenseful about this. It's the sort of thriller I read. But I found the prologue a hold-up. Could the information it contains not be woven into the story? Sorry if that sounds insensitive. I got rid of my prologue for similar reasons. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn


Lynn. Many thanks for your comment. And it's not insensative. The reason I've joined this community is to get people's responses, either good or bad. I'm totally new to this process and am still finding my way around. Many thanks again. Roy

lynn clayton wrote 1543 days ago

I love books that have letters in them because it's like having your nosiness satisfied. There's something very cosy and yet suspenseful about this. It's the sort of thriller I read. But I found the prologue a hold-up. Could the information it contains not be woven into the story? Sorry if that sounds insensitive. I got rid of my prologue for similar reasons. Brilliant. Backed. Lynn

lizjrnm wrote 1543 days ago

My kind of novel - backed with pleasure!

Liz
The Cheech Room

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1543 days ago

Highly original plot with obvious movesinto TV or film. The characterisations will be vital but you seem to realise that and are doing OK. Well done. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

soutexmex wrote 1543 days ago

Welcome aboard, Roy. This website will improve your writing craft, if you allow it. I'll be your second comment. You have to think of your pitches as your sales tool to grab the casual reader's eyes. The short pitch works. With the long pitch, break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. You may wanna end it with one succinct question to pique interest. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

SusieGulick wrote 1543 days ago

Dear Ron, I love your premise for your story. :) Your letters posted are pretty impressive. I suggest you finish your story & get it on authonomy, then use whatever suggestions you want to implement, after it's on. Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm "backing" your book to help it advance - this will help yours & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end my illness now & 6th abusive marraiage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: Every "backing" you do moves your book & the other person's book closer to the top. :)

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