Picks and Pans Review: Manhattan Art Dealer Adrian
Sellars lives for the highs: the frisson from a great painting, the pale fire of China-White heroin, sex with mystery woman Marta Batista and the special thrill of bankrolling it all with impressionist canvases created by master forger Paul McHenry. But just before McHenry finishes his latest assignment he is brutally murdered. And Sellars' world starts a free fall as client Ryuichi Tanaka, a notorious Japanese gangster, demands his Monet.
As Sellars and his beautiful gallery assistant begin a race for their lives, first-time novelist Ramus—himself a former New York art dealer and ex-heroin user—builds the suspense like a high-stakes auctioneer. With knowing looks at the demimondes of art, drugs and crime, this addictive thriller full of scam artists delivers the real thing. (HarperCollins, $23)
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