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"In the beginning, I behaved badly."
Thats how the uber-talented Jesse Kellerman opens up his newest novel, The Genius, and right away, he has you.
I wont give you a long plot summary because others will do it better, but briefly: A young art dealer named Ethan Muller manages to get hold of a treasure trove of original art after the artist, an unknown shut-in named Victor Cracke, disappears. The first sign of trouble crops up when a retired cop recognizes one of the figures as being a boy who died some 40 years earlier. Ethan's life spirals out of control from there. Before the story is over, Ethan will learn to question everything about his "wonderful" discovery--as well as his own family's destiny.
Yes, the book is gripping and compelling and Ethan Muller, the narrator, is wonderfully wry company, but what truly separates Kellerman from the pack is his prose. Simply put, he is a wonderful writer. He has the ability to make everything seem, well, true. Every scene has that ring of authenticity thats so elusive in fiction. I bought everything that Ethan did--and loved the flashbacks showing how the Muller family went from poor immigrants to real-estate tycoons.
I love books where past crimes will not stay buried. The web of deceit in The Genius stretches back four decades, but it is still claiming victims. Jesse Kellerman tightens the noose slowly, and we his readers can do nothing but turn the pages.
I have been a fan since his debut, Sunstroke, but he's getting better and better. If you've already read Jesse Kellerman, don't waste anymore time reading this review. If you haven't yet discovered his work, The Genius is the place to begin--and not a bad description of the author.
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I'll buy every book you get published.
I ended up not caring about the characters or even finishing the book and seldom can a book have me read all but the last anti-climatic chapter.
I was engrossed by this novel from beginning to end, and found it one of the more credible mysteries I've read in a while.
Great Read! I really enjoyed the book and so did a number of other people that I know read tjhis bookPublished 1 month ago by gary f kowalewski
I can't stop reading it.
Nice detective story.
The plot is really exciting, with lats of flashbacks.
Strongly reccommend it for everyone.
Jesse Kellerman is a "mystery" writer the way Susan Hill is a mystery writer. You pick up the book thinking you're getting an escapist page-turner that you'll forget by the time... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fancynancy
There is a lot to the plot of The Genius. The story starts with an art gallery owner's discovery of odd drawings that along with attracting buyers seem to connect several... Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. J.
Good writing style. Engaging beginning. Plot that is intriguing yet easy enough to follow. You never feel like the author is just tricking you by withholding the important... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephanie Acierno
Like his parents, Jesse Kellerman is a very good craftsman when it comes to prose. His characters are interesting, capturing the absurdity of the modern art scene in this case... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kitchen geek
A mi chemin entre drame psychologique dt thriller ,une saga étonnante qui envoûte le lecteur au fil des pages... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mme Zaleski Zamenhof
Very hard to get into and very mediocre prose. Had heard about it through a friend who loved it on talking books. Think I might have enjoyed it more that way.Published 18 months ago by lily
The author is the son of acclaimed, best-selling authors Jonathan & Faye Kellerman. Never again will I let anyone tell me there is not such a thing as a writing gene. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. A. Frauenglas