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Sunset and Vine Paperback – May 3, 2010
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About the Author
A Native Virginian, Louis Briel was schooled in the Classics. He earned degrees from Hampden-Sydney College as first-honor graduate and Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. An internationally acclaimed portrait painter, his art training includes a certificate from the American Academy in Rome and private study in Boston. The Smithsonian Institution in 1993 acquired Briel's painting of tennis great Arthur Ashe for the National Portrait Gallery. In 1995 the U. S. House of Representatives added his portrait of Congressman Thomas J. Bliley to its collection. Briel's haunting likeness of Princess Diana accompanied Elton John on his 1997-98 world tour and is now part of the singer's personal collection. It is featured in the book Diana in Art (Chaucer Press 2007). More recently, Briel has worked with Carol Burnett to create a posthumous portrait of her daughter Carrie Hamilton, which hangs in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. Briel's artwork can be seen on his website www.louisbriel.com Sunset and Vine is Louis Briel's second novel. His first, Braided Shame, a mystery novel, was published in 2008 and is available on Amazon.com
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...super fine, that is. Sunset & Vine is one of those wonderfully done books that you pick up, read a few paragraphs and then can't put down. I had set aside this weekend to read this book and that's exactly what happened to me. The phone would ring and I wouldn't answer it, the doorbell rang and I slumped lower into the chair so as not to be seen. NO one was going to interrupt my rapt attention to this book. I found myself barely stopping to cook and when I did finally make my dinner, the book was still in my hand. I loved how every character was one you could actually "see" and feel. The author, Louis Briel, has a real talent with the turn of a word and the twist of a phrase to keep you hooked until the very last page. Oh, but when I read that last page, I jumped up and said, "Nooo, this can't be the end! I want more!" So what does that tell me? It tells me that Louis Briel did a rip roaring job with Sunset & Vine and also tells me that it is ripe for a sequel. I am crossing my fingers and hope that's what comes about.
So, dear readers of this review, if you're looking for a terrific, fast paced, engrossing novel with some very unexpected twists, this book is for you. Once you read it, I can guarantee that you'll be recommending it to others. It is a 10!