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Unusual blend of Art and Crime,
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This review is from: The Gauguin Connection (Genevieve Lenard) (Kindle Edition)Estelle Ryan's 'The Gauguin Connection' is an ingenious report on the research of a most unlikely team brought together by the death of a promising young artist whose work is found to be forgeries of Gaugain's paintings, amongst others also of the painting "Still life with white bowl". A tag cut from this painting is found sewn into the murdered girl's clothes. Later on it is found there were more such deaths and the investigation leads readers deeper into the art world and its mysteries.
When Dr Genevieve Lenard, a researcher who works for the insurance firm where this particular painting has been insured, sees a newspaper cutting of the murdered girl, it almost costs her a relapse; Genevieve Lenard is suffering from a special strain of autism and virtually lives with daily influxes of the desease. The author paints a sympathetic portrait of a highly intelligent yet beautiful young woman's predicament and the way she works on herself to rise above her social demeanor.
Ms Ryan who has done a wealth of research which gives authenticity to this, her first literary foray into the crime scene, and together with her ability of telling a good story, this book pulls the reader ahead within a well balanced mixture of the high life, intellectual repartee, political low ground and empathy between the very interesting group of characters thrown together to form a highly unlikely investigative team. The latter makes for intrigue and keeps the reader's interest in place.
I found The Gauguin Connection a most satisfying read, and I sincerely hope Estelle Ryan, will carry on with this trend she started to even deeper and more fleshed out (if I may say so) crimi-stories -forging her very humane even lovable characters in many more 'deep waters' and 'international dungeons', thus keeping all of us reading on the edges of our seats
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2013 7:30:49 AM PST
G. Wallen says:
nice spoiler. no need to read the book.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 12:07:25 PM PST
engemi ferreira says:
Oh no! You'll be missing out if you don't read the full story - though it wasn't what I intended. There is a whole lot more to ms Ryan's writing of The Gauguin Connection, so do your self a favor in any case ;~)
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