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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Untouchable is a crime/mystery novel written by Michael Martineck. After an undercover operation goes bust, FBI Special Agent Leah Capello is recruited to investigate the case of a stolen Keifer painting. But her investigation goes off the tracks when she meets the Russian billionaire Stepan Markov and finds herself plunged headfirst into solving the kidnapping of his four-year-old son. Further complications arise as Leah is forced to work alongside the unpredictable art connoisseur Joshua Fawls, whose psychometric abilities seem to cause as much hindrance as they help. However, the duo soon learns to work together and find out that they might have more in common than they previously thought. As they move through the underbelly of the art world, they find that their only chance remains in getting an invite to a private auction organized by a man named Neal Pozner.
Untouchable is a well-written crime novel that provides a rare glimpse into the darker aspects of art deals and keeps you thoroughly entertained with its colorful characters and fast-paced plot. The relationship dynamic between Leah and Joshua takes center stage and feels like the backbone of the narrative. Aside from Leah and Joshua, Michael Martineck treats his side characters with enough care to make them seem realistic. I found the banter between Leah and Joshua highly amusing. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot that keep you turning the pages with anticipation. Michael Martineck's frequent doses of humor also enhance the enjoyment of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Untouchable and highly recommend it.