A Portrait in Time [NOOK Book]

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A contemporary thriller that delves deep into a surreal psychological drama complete with art, love, ancestry and time travel.

A beautiful naked woman and the grotesquely crushed body of a man mysteriously appear in the main gallery of the Musée d’Orsay, the famed Paris art museum. There’s no trail of blood and no external clues. The man is naked and has no I.D.—but the body...
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A Portrait in Time

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Overview

A contemporary thriller that delves deep into a surreal psychological drama complete with art, love, ancestry and time travel.

A beautiful naked woman and the grotesquely crushed body of a man mysteriously appear in the main gallery of the Musée d’Orsay, the famed Paris art museum. There’s no trail of blood and no external clues. The man is naked and has no I.D.—but the body appears to have been crushed by tremendous external forces. The man’s fingerprints turn up nothing: he doesn’t seem to have ever existed.

The only clue Paris detectives have is a fleeting glimpse of someone else on the museum’s surveillance video. Someone who looks identical to the museum’s own assistant director, Susanne Bruante, a woman with a sterling reputation in the art world. And a rock-solid alibi, but one she may not want to make public: Susanne is involved with the museum’s own executive director, a married man, a relationship meant only to further her own career.

With Inspector Michèle Crossier of the Police Judiciare on her trail, Susanne finds herself a prime suspect in a murder mystery that grows more bizarre by the hour. Who is the mystery woman, if it isn’t Susanne herself, and where is the woman hiding? Where did the body come from, and how could it have been crushed within the museum without leaving any other evidence behind? And how does the apparent murder tie in with Susanne’s news-making and controversial theory about a certain nude model in the nineteenth century—a theory that, if proven, could make Susanne’s career?
Forced to come up with answers or face more scrutiny from the police, Susanne must call in favors from some of the people she’s loved and left, including an old boyfriend who happens to be doing research—on time travel.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148548874
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 395,895
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

I grew up on books—lived them, breathed them, loved them. My most treasured memories of my childhood involve books—riding my bicycle to the bookstore in sixth grade to buy Dickens, London, Dumas, and Poe; sitting under my favorite tree in the summertime, from morning until night, reading Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, and Heinlein; and lying awake at night, the bedside lamp on, enjoying just one more chapter….then two, then three…of Fowles, Barth, Conrad, and Verne. I didn’t just read them—I consumed them; and the places, adventures, and characters on each and every page gave me the rich experience that materialized into my early aspirations to be a writer.

I received an eclectic education with a focus on Literature, History and the Classics while studying at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; followed by a well-rounded Liberal Arts experience at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. I discovered my love for Science during those years; and although I eventually pursued a medical degree rather than a writing career, I recall with nostalgia my passion for Literature and the Arts during my childhood, as well as in high school and college. At Andover, my favorite courses involved novels, poems and drama; and at Wesleyan, my electives were always literary. Shakespeare, Marlow, O’Neill, Williams, and Ibsen took the slots that were not occupied by Darwin, Watson, and Crick—and so, I graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Literature.

I never took a course in creative writing; but the years of medical writing and publishing, along with a continued interest in reading fiction in my spare time, eventually evolved into…this. My life experiences, combined with my love of storytelling, have led to the creation of two published fantasy novels; and more on the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    I read this book in two sittings, couldn't put it down. It grabs

    I read this book in two sittings, couldn't put it down. It grabs the attention right away with quick and often unpredictable turns. This new author has an impressive, easy to read but at the same time sophisticated style. He creates very visual images of the different scenes in the book, which makes the reader feel as if he/she is watching a movie. The story is an interesting and balanced mixture of romance, drama, and contemporary fiction. The characters are realistic and well developed. It is a fun read, but not the usual 'pass the time on the plane' book. It leaves lingering thoughts about the psychology of the different personalities. I would definitely recommend this book. 

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Terrifically Fun Read!

    "A Portrait in Time" is a terrifically fun read, appropriate for a wide range of readers. It combines the breezy wit of a modern romance with the fantasy of time travel, set in the venue of a Parisian art museum. The characters are very well drawn; and the tensions and interplay between art and life, dreams and reality, and memory and myth that Schneider weaves together make for a stimulating story that is hard to put down. Am looking forward to more from this skillful auteur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    What a great page-turner! I couldn't put it down and couldn't w

    What a great page-turner! I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to see how it ended. Congratulations to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I highly recommend this book. It is suspenseful, thrilling and

    I highly recommend this book. It is suspenseful, thrilling and compelling. You won't be able to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    What a great read  "A Portrait in Time" is!.  Events m

    What a great read  "A Portrait in Time" is!.  Events move quickly, the plot is incredibly creative ( especially your time travel theory ), and the characters are quite believable.   Congratulations!

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