Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
Paire Anjou came to New York to be an artist, but thus far has only achieved an artist boyfriend—the enfant terrible of the art world, Derek Rosewood. On her way to his show, where
his controversial paintings will be on display, Paire sees an older man on the sidewalk, looking into the window of the Fern Gallery, gazing intently at a painting, and sobbing. As Paire approaches him, the man stabs himself in the chest.
The painting that inspired the suicide is a one-off for the gallery—the last-known surviving work of a dissident Chinese artist named Qi. An empress, dressed in red, sits imperiously and stares out at the viewer. Paire is but one of the people who stare back, joined by hundreds, from around the world, flocking to the Fern Gallery to observe and obsess over the Empress. The Empress inspires lust and panic, rage and greed. When Paire starts digging into the backstory of the painting, and its artist, she unravels a tale of profound betrayal and a vengeance that spans generations.
She also sets in motion the painting’s final heist, a swirling morass of bribery, theft, and murder, drawing Paire deeper and deeper into the underside of the art world, where the greatest works inspire the most vicious of crimes.
The author Alex Dolan very kindly sent me this book, his second, as an ARC, I read his other book The Euthanist from netgalley a while back and it is fantastic. This is soooo different writing style, while I did enjoy it I found it a little slow for my current frame of mind. The writing itself is superb, there are some amazing descriptions, details of the paintings and the life of Paire, I just found that this wasn’t the time to read this. It is a book to savour, read slowly enjoy. Please dont let my review put you off. But bear in mind that if you have read The Euthanist you will find this to be totally different but very engaging.
About the Author
Alex Dolan is the author of THE EUTHANIST and THE EMPRESS OF TEMPERA. He is also the host of “Thill Seekers,” part of Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, which reaches three million listeners worldwide. He is an executive committee member of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Litquake festival, and a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. In addition, he has recorded four music albums.
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