Ann Smith of West Coast Antiques, Portland, Oregon, buys The Portland Payoff at a book signing at the July summer Expo Antiques Show.
Robin Williams, owner of Hampshire Antiques Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, has published a second novel, The Portland Payoff,whichfeatures dealers from Regency Antiques in Vancouver.
According to Williams, “This story has its roots in the late stages of World War II. The chance availability of a valuable artifact surfacing in the United States leads the dealers into Oregon on a merry chase to buy it. Their local competition already has the jump on them, and the appearance of the glamorous and determined dealer Isobel Carter from Toronto further complicates matters. Consequences of an industrial accident back in the 1960’s come into play, as all the characters converge on the summer Portland Antiques Expo Show. They race to be the first to locate the treasure they are desperately hoping to find, with surprising results.
“I think any antiques showgoer will really enjoy this book, as I feel I’ve really conveyed the excitement of the hunt. I’ve promised readers up here that if they can guess the surprise ending, I’ll buy them lunch. So far, no one has.”
The Portland Payoff is a 190-page paperback. Williams is currently offering free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. “I’m happy to sign all copies,” he said. It can be ordered on line through (http://hampshireantiques.com), purchased through eBay or 1stdibs, or ordered by phone at (604) 733-l326.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest