Reviewed on Richard & Judy's Book Club 2009 on Wednesay 21 January.
This is not a run of the mill police procedural more a thriller that slowly unravels a mystery. When Ethan Muller discovers a series of paintings he is unaware that they are in fact damning evidence of some terrible deeds committed years before. This is the son of Faye and Jonathan Kellerman so he has a good pedigree, along with his own individual style.
Ethan Muller is struggling to establish his reputation as a dealer in the cut-throat world of contemporary art when he is alerted to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: in a decaying New York slum, an elderly tenant has disappeared, leaving behind a staggeringly large trove of original drawings and paintings. Nobody can tell Ethan much about the old man, except that he came and went in solitude for nearly forty years, his genius hidden and unacknowledged. Despite the fact that, strictly speaking, the artwork doesn’t belong to him, Ethan takes the challenge and makes a name for the old man - and himself. Soon Ethan has to congratulate himself on his own genius: for storytelling and salesmanship. But suddenly the police are interested in talking to him. It seems that the missing artist had a nasty past, and the drawings hanging in the Muller Gallery have begun to look a lot less like art and a lot more like evidence. Sucked into an investigation four decades cold, Ethan will uncover a secret legacy of shame and death, one that will touch horrifyingly close to home - and leave him fearing for his own life.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
‘Literate and thought-provoking….Kellerman is a master of menace’ Daily Mail
‘A most accomplished novel by a writer of great imagination and skill’ Sunday Telegraph
‘An enthralling, character-driven drama’ Daily Record
Publication date: 02/04/2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||2nd April 2009|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Jesse Kellerman is the 28-year-old son of Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. Jesse received his BA in psychology from Harvard and his MFA in playwriting from Brandeis University. He now lives with his wife in New York City.More About Jesse Kellerman