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Alex Connor
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23 May 2013

VENICE, ITALY.

CITY OF SPLENDOUR. In October 1555 the Italian master Titian painted the portrait of Angelico Vespucci - a Venetian merchant whose cruelty words could not capture.

CITY OF SECRETS. When Vespucci was revealed to be the elusive monster who had been flaying young women across the city, he vanished inexplicably, along with the painting. All that remained was a chilling warning: when the portrait emerges, so will the man.

CITY OF THE SKIN HUNTER. Now the lost Titian masterpiece has surfaced in modern-day London, and skinless corpses are amassing across the globe. And it will fall to an unlikely man from the fringes of the art world to unravel half a millennium of myth, mystery and murder.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (23 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857389645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857389640
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Welcome, I write conspiracy thrillers set in the art world.

THE CARAVAGGIO CONSPIRACY is being published on 2nd January 2014 in paperback and e Book

1608. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the greatest Italian painter of his day, is expelled from the Order of the Knights of Malta. Subject to a clandestine hearing, his crime remains a closely guarded secret.

2014. Two bodies are found in a London art gallery - stripped naked, necks bound with wire and legs obscenely contorted. They are twin brothers - successful art dealers - their brutal murder linked to the mysterious disappearance of two paintings by the master Caravaggio.

Investigators are confounded, and it falls to art expert Gil Eckhart to identify the killer before he slays again. But as the search for clues takes him from the glamorous skyline of New York to the fetid catacombs of Palermo, Eckhart finds that in the high-stakes world of art, good and evil are often tarred with the same, blood-soaked, brush.

This is the fifth book in a series, following THE REMBRANDT SECRET, THE LEGACY OF BLOOD, THE MEMORY OF BONES and THE ISLE OF THE DEAD.




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Venice, Italy. City of Splendour... In October 1555 the Italian master Titian painted the portrait of Angelico Vespucci - a Venetian merchant whose cruelty words could not capture. City of Secrets... When Vespucci was revealed to be the elusive monster who had been flaying young women across the city, he vanished inexplicably, along with the painting. All that remained was a chilling warning: when the portrait emerges, so will the man. City of The Skin Hunter... Now the lost Titian masterpiece has surfaced in modern-day London, and skinless corpses are amassing across the globe. And it will fall to an unlikely man from the fringes of the art world to unravel half a millennia of myth, mystery and murder.

About the Author

Alex Connor is also known as Alexandra Connor, and has written a number of historical sagas under this name. She is an artist and lives in Brighton.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am generally suspicious of novels that are set in two very different time periods as the authors often fail to integrate the two story lines, at least not with any great credibility. Not so with this book. Alex Connor does a great job in bringing a C16th murder mystery into the present day. Her characters are well portrayed and the evil that some of them manifest is really quite chilling. The fact that Venice is one of my favourite cities also added to my enjoyment of this excellent read. I recommend it to anyone who, like me, enjoys a good murder mystery, and one with a strong and interesting historical thread. Fans of the Shardlake books, by the excellent C.J.Sansom, should enjoy this novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Isle of the dead is the tale of a sixteenth century conspiracy and a modern day murder.

Legend has it that when the long- lost Titian painting of Angelico Vespucci, a notorious Venetian murderer re-appears, the man himself will come back to life to recommence his ghastly work. For he was no ordinary serial killer, but one who delighted in torturing his victims by flaying them alive.

So is it a coincidence that the woman who discovers the painting is found shortly afterwards, having suffered the same fate as women hundreds of years before? Or that the flayed bodies of other young women start to appear on the anniversary of the deaths of Vespucci's victims?

Washed up art dealer Gaspare Reni doesn't think so. Nor does Johnny Ravenscourt, a wealthy friend of the first victim who is also obsessed with the legend. Seemingly desperate to find out the truth he hires Gaspare's friend Nino Bergstrom to conduct his own investigation but Nino starts to suspect Johnny himself may know more than he lets on...

Meanwhile the ruthless art dealers circle, vying to find the priceless painting stolen from Gaspare's studio. How far would they go to claim it? And are any of them - the macho Triumph Jones, the determined Farina Ahmadi or the disturbed Jobo Kido - involved in the murders, whose publicity is increasing interest in the portrait, and by extension, its value?

As the murderer taunts our detective, Nino realises that the clock is ticking to save the next victim...

This is a depraved tale where history and the present day merge into one and where the basest aspects of humanity - such as competitiveness, ruthlessness, and desire for sex and money - contribute to a horrifying set of circumstances where evil can flourish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers a combination of well developed characters and a detailed web of plot lines. The result is another great book from a great author.

I finished the book this afternoon but a couple of times I stopped reading and did something else quite ordinary for a short while, like wander out into the garden or stroke the cat. I wanted to savour the book and not rush to finish it - a little like lingering over a bottle of good wine on a summer's evening. There was a need to take my time over it and feel the story as experienced by Nino and the others.

What makes me read Alex Connor's books - and this one is no exception - is that most works in the thriller/mystery genre focus on trying to get the plot lines correct but Alex does not only get them right she also has good characters who tell the story and live the plots.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Connor is excellent once again 6 Jun 2013
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A couple of days ago I had to make a rather long train journey and was dreading being cooped up on the train on such a beautiful English summer's day. I was delighted when I found out in the station book store that Alex Connor had released a new novel. In the end I was pleased that my train journey gave me some alone time to really get stuck into the book.

If you love a good thriller (and who doesn't, right?) then I would be mightily surprised if this book doesn't fulfil your appetite. The characters are alive in this twisting plot that keeps the pages turning. If you are a fan of Alex Connor then this book should definitely go straight to the top of the your list of books to read. If you are yet to experience one of Alex's thrillers then you should know that they are definitely worth your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE THRILLER 19 Jun 2014
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This book is truly riveting. A real page turner with a good ending to finish it off and reach a great conclusion.

Alex Connor is a brilliant writer. This is the second of his books I have read and would highly recommend them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Isle of the Dead 17 Jun 2014
By Heather
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Good read,plenty to keep you guessing until the last page. Only three stars as thought the ending could have been more involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENTICED!!! 19 Aug 2014
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This was the first book that I read, that was written by Alex Connor and I was totally engrossed. I am an avid reader and I have been disillusioned by the reading market in recent years - Alex brought me back!!!! The plot was believable, the characters totally engaging and I'm not sure Roald Dahl could have done and 'unexpected' twist like this...I had no idea!!! More than that though the writing is perfect - there are no pages of stupid metaphors or colloquial language that send you to sleep. Probably my only criticism - I found it too hard to put down - good job I am on holiday!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 July 2014
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Good read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Thoroughly enjoyable. Kept you thinking and guessing as to who the killer was. Will definitely read others by the same author.
Published 13 days ago by D CLARK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very good light hearted read
Published 2 months ago by JohnyY
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing story
This was a really good yarn and kept me on the edge of my seat I could not put this book down well written and believable characters in a fantastic story.
Published 2 months ago by Philip L. Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating reading
Any fan of historic based mysteries will like this book. Alex Connor turns research into novel with ease. It will leave you wanting to read similar stories without a doubt.
Published 3 months ago by John C in Beverley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough history
I expected more reference to the art and artists involved and actually find it difficult to remember which plot was this one and which another book of his I have read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. E. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Started well but lost me by halfway through
I wasn't sure about ordering this, but was pleasantly surprised at the beginning of the story that it was quite well written and not as superficial as I'd half-expected. Read more
Published 3 months ago by 6363Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars love the characters
again, very readable plot, well drawn characters. you get drawn into the charters and surroundings very quickly - I always have to stop myself from reading the last pages!
Published 4 months ago by Terry Geller
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping art history thriller
Downloaded this on the strength of his previous book featuring Rembrant and was not disappointed apart from one little niggle which I can mention without giving any of the plot... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John H. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
A terrific read with a good twist at the end that kept me guessing, fast and pacey, would recommend this book to any thriller fan.
Published 4 months ago by Chris
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