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Chris Paling is the author of eight previous novels including Deserters, The Silent Sentry and The Repentant Morning (all published by Cape/Vintage) and most recently Minding (Portobello 2007). He lives in Brighton and is the producer for Radio 4's Midweek.
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This is a fascinating book part crime story part historical revenge with a whiff of the super natural along with musings and meditations on the significance of art – and one of the key characters is a dog! But putting aside the attempts to classify it you will love the clever plot, the historical and artistic detail and the superb climax, its another book worthy of inclusion in the Fiction Uncovered list. Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘A darkly comic novel featuring a 19th century artist whose paintings trigger a 21st century murder investigation. Deserved recognition for a critically acclaimed writer who merits a much wider audience.’