Its Paris in 1910. Two rascals, young and cocky, are selling works of art to rich Americans suppossedly “stolen” from the Louvre to feed their appetite for French food and flesh. But their life is suddenly turned upside down when the Mona Lisa is actually stolen from the Louvre. The Counterfeit Smile seamlessly blends historical facts with adventurous fiction to take you on a lusty romp through the Golden Age of Paris into cafés, brothels and grand hotels where you’ll meet characters like King Edward VII, soon-to-be famous artists like Modigliani, and the many beautiful easy women of that time.
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Brian Hawkins is a Canadian writer-producer who has enjoyed an international career working and living in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Sydney. Television and advertising assignments have taken him to over 18 countries and he is the recipient of numerous international awards and recognition. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he was banned from Life Classes for tracing, he is also a figurative painter who has had four one-man gallery shows, and his work hangs in attics and behind furnaces in England, France, North America and as far away as New Zealand. He is still married to his first wife and has two sons whose wives made them fathers. A lover of all things Art Deco, he is hoping that a merciful French government will forgive that unfortunate incident in the Musée d’Orsay and allow him back into France.