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Author
John Malcolm.
Publisher Felony & Mayhem  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781933397795
Pages/Publication Date 214/2007
Daedalus Item Code 23357
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As an art dealer, Tim Simpson doesn't have the luxury of dwelling on aesthetics—he may have an artist's heart, but he has to cover it with a businessman's pinstripes if he's going to turn a profit. So it seems a prefect fit when he's hired by a London merchant bank to buy art as an investment for the bank's wealthiest clients. The first painting he sees has real appeal, but the artist—a one-time protégée of Walter Sickert's—has no collectible value. Yet within hours of the viewing, the painting has been stolen and its agent has been murdered. Simpson looks into the matter, but it's not until the bank sends him to Brazil, on apparently unrelated business, that he finds the key to the riddle. "Of the many mystery writers who base their stories on art, John Malcolm is one of the best," noted the New York Times of this debut Tim Simpson mystery. "He is an urbane writer [who] weaves his plots with a sure, graceful hand." This literate mystery from independent New York bookstore publisher Felony & Mayhem is from their "Traditional" category: classy cozies with little gunplay or gore, but often a fair amount of humor and—usually—an intrepid amateur sleuth.

"Malcom's expert knowledge of both art collecting and high finance, and his obvious love for the exotic and erotic Brazilian climate, make this an extremely interesting debut."—Publishers Weekly

 
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