STOLEN LIGHT is a suspense novel set in the art world and involving murder, the Italian Renaissance, and the Cuban Revolution, as well as a love story.

In 1958 in Cuba, the main house of sugar plantation owner, American-born William Delaney is vandalized by a band of Castro’s rebels, who seize Delaney’s art collection to raise money for weapons. Delaney is killed during the incident, and his pregnant wife, fearing for her safety and that of her unborn child, flees Cuba, never to look back. Read More…

In this art-world thriller, Riess draws the characters with a broad brush, but they have all the capability, chemistry, and give-and-take of a strong mystery-solving duo…complex and intriguing…

Kirkus Reviews

Vassar Tour Guides Recommend New Book,
“Stolen Light,” By Claudia Riess,
to Travelers Embarking on a Trip to Cuba

Poughkeepsie, New York – Vassar College is hosting two sold-out “people-to-people trips” to Cuba for its alumni, family and friends. The first is scheduled for January 7-16 and the second, February 15-24. After reviewing Stolen Light written by alumna Claudia Riess, the Vassar travel program coordinator and the Vassar Latin American history professor who is the tour guide have requested copies of the book for distribution to all tour participants. The art suspense novel has a pivotal Cuba theme. [More…]