A beautiful woman is found murdered in a quarry in Aix-en-Provence, and the evidence points to her spurned lover Paul Cézanne, in this richly atmospheric novel from the author of The Blood of Lorraine. Solange Vernet had arrived in the city only a year earlier with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury. Initially assuming that Solange's murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cézanne or a betrayed Westbury, young magistrate Bernard Martin finds he must unravel the secrets of Solange and Cézanne's hidden past.
"Beneath an exquisite veneer of historical detail lurks a thoughtful exploration of science and religion, of old values and new, and of a woman's place in the world."—Boston Globe
"Could Paul Cézanne be a killer? Pope animates her canvas with plenty of vivid period detail. Francophiles and history buffs will find much to savor."—Publishers Weekly