The Genius

The Genius

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by Jesse Kellerman
     
 

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A tenant has disappeared in a New York slum, leaving behind strange, original artwork. Gallery owner Ethan Muller can see its brilliance—and money-making potential. When Ethan displays the art, the show attracts the attention of the police. Because the subjects of the pictures look exactly like the victims in a long-cold murder case. Ethan has received a letter… See more details below

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A tenant has disappeared in a New York slum, leaving behind strange, original artwork. Gallery owner Ethan Muller can see its brilliance—and money-making potential. When Ethan displays the art, the show attracts the attention of the police. Because the subjects of the pictures look exactly like the victims in a long-cold murder case. Ethan has received a letter saying stop, stop, stop. And the still-missing genius may be the link to a madman—or the madman himself.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Disturbingly and deliciously different, altogether perfect for our times.
Baltimore Sun
A thriller so tightly wired that the reader's self-control shatters.
Marilyn Stasio
A suspense story has to take over your mind, leaving you disoriented (and feeling a little foolish) when you look up at the end. Jesse Kellerman makes this act of self-hypnosis easy, mainly because he understands the mechanics of obsessive thought…Being the kind of writer who collects voices the way beachcombers pick up buckets of shells, Kellerman revels in the verbal cacophony of a gallery opening and the brittle badinage of a sales pitch. But the nasal tones of Ethan's narrative voice reveal a lonely little rich boy who needs something to substitute for a distant father's love. Listen to that voice long enough and it becomes as mesmerizing as the radiant horrors of Victor's psychotically deranged art.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Greed gets Ethan Muller, a 33-year-old Manhattan art dealer, into hot water in Kellerman's superb third stand-alone thriller (after Trouble). When reclusive artist Victor Cracke disappears, Muller winds up taking possession of the boxes and boxes of intense, disturbing drawings that Cracke left behind in his shabby Queens apartment. A favorable New York Timesarticle helps fuel lucrative sales at an exhibit of Cracke's drawings at Muller's Chelsea gallery. Soon, though, Muller starts to receive cryptic, vaguely threatening letters. He also hears from a retired NYPD detective, Lee McGrath, who recognizes the face of one of the boys in a Cracke drawing as belonging to the victim of a 40-year-old unsolved murder. That revelation turns Muller into an amateur detective as he attempts to discover how the dead boy's image-along with those of several other victims-made its way into the pictures. Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go. Author tour. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440637070
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
97,259
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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