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A Chip off the old Blocks,
This review is from: The Brutal Art (Paperback)
So often one picks up a book written by the son, daughter, partner or sibling of a famous author and ends up feeling disappointed by either the quality of plot or the quality of writing - or both. There is always the fear that the only reason why their work has been published is because of some form of nepotism. When I picked up Jesse Kellerman's first novel eighteen months ago, I was doubly unsure, as both his parents are well known thriller writers (Jonathan and Faye Kellerman); however, I need not have worried. Jesse is a gifted author in his own right. Along with his two other books, his third published novel, The Brutal Art, is in no way a disappointment. Elements of both parents writing, along with a strong writing style of his own, make Jesse Kellerman's work a pleasure to read.
This novel opens with the discovery of a huge number of pieces of amazing works of modern art in a small flat - panels that fit together to create a mammoth scene, created by a man named Victor Cracke - who has totally disappeared. Before long, art dealer Ethan Muller has set up an exhibition, and the work is selling well. However, a retired police officer sees a photo of the central panel in the newspaper, and the search for the missing artist rapidly moves into a murder mystery as Ethan discovers that the cherubs at the centre of the work closely resemble five young boys, murdered many years earlier.
Did Victor murder them? Indeed, who was Victor Cracke? Why has he disappeared, and where has he gone? Why are so many people interested in him, and what connection does he have with Muller's own family history?
All these questions - and more - are answered in this intriguing novel as we find out more about Ethan Muller - about why he is so estranged from his own family - and about Victor Cracke himself; a victim of circumstances in many ways.
All in all, a very good read and well worth a try.
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Initial post: 4 May 2009, 22:49:20 BST
C. Penn says:
You cannot have read it very well as the name of the artist is wrong!!
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