Published by Clink Street Publishing on April 4th 2017
I received this book for free from Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Patrick Phelan is an ageing artist who has never made it big but who somehow manages to live on air in a North London suburb.
When not running art classes for amateurs, Patrick wrestles in the shed at the bottom of his garden with his life's work: a series of visionary canvases of The Seven Seals.
When his wheeler-dealer son Marty turns up with a commission from a rich client for some copies of paintings by modern masters, Phelan reluctantly agrees; it means money for his ex-wife Moira. However the deal with Marty is, typically, not what it seems.
What follows is a complex chain of events involving fakery, fraud, kidnapping, murder, the Russian Mafia and a cast of dubious art world characters. A contemporary spin on Joyce Cary's classic satire The Horse's Mouth, The Horse's Arse by Laura Gascoigne is a crime thriller-cum-comic-fable that poses the serious question: where does art go from here?
In an Oyster Shell – A mystery with intrigue, hustles, and crime galore.
The Pearls –
The concept was unique. An experienced but not well-known artist who starts making copies for a client brought to him by his son. This is a catalyst to a whole bunch of different events that all come together to make this narrative. There is death, and murder, and kidnapping. The art world is crazy in this story.
My favorite character was Patrick Phelan. He was a quirky artist who was a bit naive. He was a loving father which got him in trouble a lot. His son was a handful and got his father caught up in things that he wouldn’t have been otherwise. There were other great supporting characters. The characters were the best part of the book for me.
The mystery of the book was intriguing. You have the Russian mafia coming into save the art world from collapse for reasons they only know. There are all these events that are going on in the book and somehow they work together to make a cohesive mystery.
The Sand – It was a dry narrative that was hard to follow. The book was bogged down with art facts it messed with the flow of the story.