The Art of Reprisal
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At the bottom of the East River, a man is nailed to a cross. That man is art critic J. Ambrose Winston, who has written a foul review about the work of nearly every artist in New York City. Detective Michael LeForge can take his investigation of the Winston case in several directions, but his past involvement in an unsolved murder leads him to focus on only one suspect. Boston-bred artist Samuel Barstow longs for the fortune and respect that commercial success will bring him. To further his career, he looks to distinguish himself in the eyes of Arthur Mahler, a prominent New York artist with a mysterious past. But Samuel’s experience in the New York art scene belies his expectation. When the worlds of art and justice collide, the hunt begins to find the truth . . . and a devious killer.
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Nov 26, 2011Review by Judi Tompkins: I loved this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat, a real page turner. The characters are facinating and fleshed out. The plot is clever and well researched. The best part is that any one of the "suspects" could have done it. It kept me guessing right up to the end. The author's humor comes through with just the right amount of comic relief.
Oct 20, 2011Sometimes you just need a good ol' murder mystery. "The Art of Reprisal" can certainly fill that need, but it goes a step beyond with a strongly arranged storyline that never goes quite where you expect. There are plenty of twists and turns, but they are never unnecessary, never confusing, and always interesting. The characters are dynamic and never flat and predictable, and perhaps most importantly they also act reasonably (well, as reasonably as a murderer can act) and never completely out of place, giving the story a very "real" feeling. It's a longer story, but never boring, and it moves at a good pace.
Aug 11, 2009"A Self-Publishing Winner!" Ted Lonergan’s The Art of Reprisal illustrates one of the principal reasons today’s self-publishing industry has merit. Beyond the soothing of vanity resulting from seeing one’s written work finally, at long last, placed before the public (whatever its intrinsic worth), self-publication in this instance brings into public awareness a work of fiction, a well-crafted mystery, well worth reading, one which might otherwise never have seen the light of day. Each of Lonergan’s short, focused chapters rapidly and effortlessly propels the narrative forward from one scene to another, easily maintaining the reader’s attention as the gory details pile up. Though the narrative voice frequently shifts from third person to first person, back and forth in time and place as well as from one character’s point of view to another, the reader is never left wondering what’s going on or who’s involved in each succinctly captured scene. Detective Micheal LeForge’s... More > investigation of a widely loathed art critic’s gruesome murder provides the centerpiece for the unraveling mystery, but the storyline encompasses much more. The mercenary focus of the art market, the fickle interests of those purchasing works by contemporary artists, the media’s hounding of those accused of criminal acts, the intricate procedures involved in crime scene investigations, all come in for detailed – and illuminating --consideration. Lonergan also captures especially vividly the intricacies of human interactions. He gets the tone just right time and again in his portrayal of relationships as he deftly illustrates through dialogue, spoken and unspoken, just how complex human interactions can become over time. His chapters detail the intricacies of ties: between husbands and wives, controlling parents and their independent-minded children; among work colleagues involved at various levels in the criminal justice system; between partners working together to solve a crime. The tense relationship between aspiring artist Samuel Barstow and his wife Morgan, between self-deluding, narcissistic naiveté on the one hand and loving but limited patience on the other, for instance, plays out in The Art of Reprisal with heart-rending accuracy. Wry touches of humor leaven the proceedings as well. Nicely captured minor characters – Dive Sergeant Hal Dorgan of the NYPD Scuba Unit and Sergeant Eliza Tate of the Suffolk County Emergency Services Unit, for example – add veracity to the proceedings in the deftness of their portraits. All in all, Lonergan’s The Art of Reprisal is a well-written, slightly offbeat, psychological thriller, one well worth reading and recommending to others for its nicely conceived cast of characters, its quick moving plot and the well drawn human relationships it illuminates. For Lonergan the decade and a half effort to bring the book to its final form has been amply rewarded. The self-publishing industry has a real winner here!< Less
May 14, 2009"The Art of Reprisal" While I don't often read this genre I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Extremely readable.... a colorful, fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing to the end. I read it in one sitting!
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- Ted Lonergan (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- Ted Lonergan
- August 19, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.37 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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