BOSTON 1896. Renowned psychic Ignatius Jones commissions his portrait to be painted by one of the leading artists of his time. He promises his followers that he will communicate with them through his portrait after he passes to spirit.
On the day that he is murdered in 1903, his portrait is stolen.
It turns up more than 100 years later at a church rummage sale in picturesque Tudorsville, Vermont.
Current-day psychic mediums are invited to see the long-lost portrait at the newly-established Ignatius Jones Center for Spiritualist Discovery.
When Boston psychic Dr. Frances Gourmelon (Ghosts on the Red Line) arrives at the Center, she discovers that things there are very odd, and getting odder.
Charles Philip Tucker, former con man and the Center's founder, claims that he’s in touch with Ignatius Jones through the portrait. He says that he's channeling Ignatius Jones when he punishes a visitor to the Center for blasphemy and selects an eighteen-year-old girl to bear his children on Ignatius Jones' behalf.
Frances decides to get involved.
Portrait of Ignatius Jones is a mind-bending story of con artists, psychics, and the paranormal in peaceable Vermont.
|Peter David Shapiro
About the Author
I was born in Montreal, Canada. I was a nerdy kid (still am), always into books, and I wanted to write as well as read them, so I carried a Hermes Baby typewriter to Europe after graduating from college in order to start on my first novel. I lugged the typewriter through the UK and then down to Torremolinos, Spain, where I attempted in my tiny hotel room to put words on paper. Not so easy, I discovered, and shipped the typewriter back home. Later, much later, I returned to the task. By then, I’d moved to the Boston area and become a frequent rider on Red Line subway trains, where commuters see their Departed in my novel GHOSTS ON THE RED LINE. By then, also, I’d seen the world as a management consultant at one of the premier consulting firms, including time spent in fascinating Hong Kong where the story told in my second novel THE TRAIL OF MONEY unfolds. Both novels feature as a main protagonist Harry Forrest West, by amazing coincidence a management consultant, although his projects are far weirder and more exciting than mine ever were.