Published by Sphere
The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman
This is a really different mystery tale, as the murders have taken place already. Ethan Muller is an art gallery owner in the cut throat world of New yorks contemporary art scene. He gets involved in a mystery of found art and a missing artist. There are lots of twists and turns and flashbacks which make for an interesting read. Jesse kellerman has written three novels prior to this one and a few since. Hope to review more of his books here.
I started this book with a bit of a cynical attitude because I felt that Jesse Kellerman would have had no problems getting his book published no matter what the quality, given his famous writer parents. I thought that he certainly would not have gone through the standard twenty-five rejections and a stab at self publishing that a lot of writers have to endure before their book gets into print. However I have learned more about the writer and his earlier publishing which has earned him respect and awards. I did read the book very closely and apart from some self indulgent drivel by the hero, I felt it was a well written and intriguing story. Ethan Muller is a New York art gallery owner who comes across a large find of very strange drawings, and the artist seems to have disapeared. The art becomes more like evidence of a crime committed and Ethan becomes closely involved in unravelling the mystery.
My cynicism peeled away, page by page and I enjoyed the mystery and also the misery of the family relations. The descriptions of the Ethan’s early family life and the control and secrets were heart wrenching, and the contrast to the art world and its flamboyant lifestyle was very well done. All told, a worthy read, I’m pleased I took my cynical head off and enjoyed the book.