|I have this bridge and it's really cheap.|
So often I can look back at a situation and recall that I should have paid attention to what that tiny inner voice was telling me. "He's not telling the truth." "That's not the right thing to do." "Choose the red one."
I just finished Provenance a non-fiction work that reads like an fast-paced novel. It's a story about a highly intelligent con man who, not only floods the market with forgeries of masterpieces, but also changes the provenance of that art. (Provenance is the history of a piece of art that follows the work from the time it's first sold, so that it's journey is a map through the art world. The Provenance is supposed to determine the authenticity of the art and often the value.) His deception staggered museum curators and collectors around the world. There are still archived histories that have notes: "Be aware that these data may have been altered."
After reading these books, I wanted to create a character who had the intelligence, the guile, the utter disregard for others or for the truth. I thought a true miscreant would be a wonderful protagonist, someone with charm, but without one speck of care for anyone or anything. Then I wanted to put him into a story filled with dupes that readers would follow as they ignored those inner voices and believed my sociopath.
Maybe this book has already been written. If so, tell me about it before I craft my story. Or tell me about so I can read and enjoy it.