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Dirty Pictures

Dirty Pictures by Patricia Ketola 0993433138 9780993433139
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When New York art dealer Elizabeth Martels mother falls ill, she returns to her hometown in the Midwest. After her mothers death she is seriously short of funds, and a friend suggests she take a job as art adviser to billionaire grain merchant, Preston Greylander.
When Greylander is killed in a mysterious murder-suicide, Martel is left in possession of a Rembrandt that needs restoration. She takes the painting to Amsterdam where she deposits it with the prestigious firm of Van der Saar Fine Arts.
The Van der Saar family has been in the art business since the seventeenth century and the current generation is represented by two brothers: Hendrik, suave and charismatic, is the perfect front man, while the deceptively low key Willem is a master of restoration. Hendrik and Martel enthusiastically resume an old love affair, and she discovers that the brothers personal lives are in chaos, and the family is haunted by guilt and swathed in deception.
As doubts arise about the authenticity of the Rembrandt, other actors arrive in Amsterdam determined to recover the picture.
"Dirty Pictures" is narrated by a woman with a brash, irreverent point of view. Martels voice is caustic, satirical, and darkly humorous. It gets into the readers head and stays there.
Patricia Ketola borrows freely from the genres of the crime novel, the family saga and the love story and combines them into a unique vision of life in a world heading for disaster. This richly textured novel celebrates the profound, the beautiful, and the good, and there is a lot of deep knowledge backing up Martels often outrageous statements.

"Patricia Ketolas clever and sexy debut novel is an audacious genre mash-up, elevated and enlivened by the salty, up-from-the-heels voice of narrator Elizabeth Martel, a sort of lusty spin on Patricia Highsmiths magnetic sociopath Tom Ripley. "Dirty Pictures" heralds the arrival of a clever, gutsy new voice that fearlessly swings for the fences." -Craig McDonald, Edgar-Anthony Award Finalist

Author: Patricia Ketola

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 238

Publisher: Betimes Books

Publication Date: 2016-08-16

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