The Van Gogh Deception

About the Author

As a lawyer, Deron Hicks investigates mysteries for a living. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in painting and from Mercer Law School. He lives in Warm Springs, Georgia, with his wife and children.

The Van Gogh Deception

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Deron Hicks

Dan Brown meets Jason Bourne in this riveting middle-grade mystery thriller. When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, so begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity.


As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted. Digitally interactive, this breathtaking museum mystery offers QR codes woven throughout the book that bring renowned paintings to readers’ fingertips.



  • Hardcover
  • 5.5 x 8.25 inches
  • 320 pages
  • Published: 2017
  • Recommended for ages 10–12

Editorial Reviews

"A suspenseful mystery romp with art appreciation and heartening trust in readers' intelligence." —Kirkus, starred review

"A mash-up of high culture, high tech, mystery, and action . . . readers ages 9–13 will relish every surprise turnabout."  —Wall Street Journal

"Hicks deftly mixes details about art history and forgery into a fastpaced, nonstop-action mystery plot." —Booklist

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