Bloom’s on Canyon Road, owned by art dealer Charles Bloom and specializing in contemporary Native American art, was once a powerhouse gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then it lost its best-known artist, Willard Yellowhorse. Worse yet was Yellowhorse’s death after relocating to New York City and under very suspicious circumstances. With PAINT BY NUMBERS: A CHARLES BLOOM MYSTERY, Mark Sublette launches a fictional murder-mystery series of novels centered in the Southwest art world.
Now that Yellowhorse’s final painting, “Struggle,” is about to be sold at auction in New York City, gallery owner Charles Bloom’s inner voice is shouting with two unrelenting questions: How did Willard Yellowhorse really die, and who if anyone killed him? Charles suspects the answers lie deep inside the Navajo Nation, Yellowhorse’s homeland, where Charles will need the help of Yellowhorse’s sister, Rachael, and her grandfather, the nearly 100-year-old medicine man Hastiin Sherman, to unlock the key to Yellowhorse’s death. What Charles doesn’t realize is that the evil coyote spirit that tracked down Yellowhorse is still watching and Charles could be next, if he isn’t careful…
Covering similar terrain as the late Tony Hillerman, author Mark Sublette submerges himself in the culture of Navajoland as his protagonist, Santa Fe art dealer Charles Bloom, adjusts to the rhythms of the rez while unraveling the spiritual ties that inspired Willard Yellowhorse’s creative paintings… and led Willard to New York, where that creativity met an abrupt end. Includes 22 original photographs.
"From the gripping prologue to the twist-upon-twist conclusion, Mark Sublette's Paint by Numbers will keep you up nights… unable to stop turning the page!" – Sandi Ault, best-selling author of the WILD Mystery Series
"Mark Sublette's first novel is... marvelous. The white art dealer Charles Bloom lives in New Mexico with Indians. His impressive work is constantly taken away by those who go for nothing but money in New York. But Charles Bloom never stops in following great creativity... neither should we." – Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves
"A deadly mystery about art and ambition, stretching from Navajoland to New York." – Wolf Schneider, albuquerqueARTS
"This riveting art mystery, in the tradition of the late Tony Hillerman, successfully develops an intriguing tale that captures the essence of the creative spirit of the Navajo from the Toadlena region." – Mark Winter, author of The Master Weavers and owner of the Historic Toadlena Trading Post
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About the Author
Mark Sublette is the founder of Medicine Man Gallery and a former Naval Physician. He is the author of numerous catalogs on Native American subjects and is an authority on the artwork of Maynard Dixon. Sublette is a regular contributor for "Western Art Collector" and "Canyon Road Arts." "Paint by Numbers" is the first book release in a series of Charles Bloom Murder Mysteries. The photographs featured in "Paint by Numbers" are his other love, which he shares on his website at www.marksublette.com. Sublette lives in Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I originally purchased this book from Amazon, and I noticed it was on the Nook as well. This book kept me turning every page. I love his character development. He made you feel as if you could walk in their shoes. I also love the fact that he knows the southwest and Navajo culture, and he uses this knowledge, as it is wonderfully integrated in his characters, dialogue, scene descriptions, events, etc. If you love the southwest, Santa Fe, and Navajo culture, this is a must-read.
I bought this on the strength of reviewers' comparisons to the mysteries of Tony Hillerman and was disappointed. Sublette has written a complex, tightly plotted noir novel, much of it set on the East Coast. His details on the art world show a cynical familiarity with this milieu. A good noir mystery but don't mistake it for anything else.