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Killing the Emperors (Baroness Jack Troutbeck and Robert Amiss Mysteries)by Ruth Dudley Edwards
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Lady (Jack) Troutbeck is missing. So too, is Sir Henry Fortune, celebrity curator, and his partner in love and money, louche art dealer Jason Pringle. Panic begins in the London art world when no one can locate Anastasia Holliday, sensational abject artist, Jake Thorogood, the critic who catapulted her into stardom, or Dr Hortense Wilde, notorious for having influenced generations of art students to despise craftsmanship.
Spotting that the victims’ common link is that their careers blossomed when they whole-heartedly embraced newly-fashionable conceptual art, there is media hysteria. Are they hostages? If so why? Ransom? Revenge?
What bewilders the police and her friends is that Baroness Troutbeck is a standard-bearer of conservative values in education and art who recently publicly described admirers of conceptual art as knaves and fools. Can Troutbeck’s friends rescue her before her own worst fantasies are turned into reality?
"British/Irish author Edwards is in top form as she skewers conceptual art ('pretentious, specious, nihilistic rubbish') and its practitioners in her 12th mystery (after 2007's Murdering Americans), this one featuring redoubtable Baroness Ida 'Jack' Troutbeck and mystery writer Robert Amiss. When Russian oligarch Oleg Sarkovsky feels betrayed by the London art world, his rage takes a bizarre and dangerous form. He kidnaps Jack and a number of (fictional) critics, educators, dealers, and artists whom he blames for his costly acquisition errors. It may be only a matter of time before Oleg targets real-life notables such as Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate galleries, and artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Meanwhile, Amiss leads the effort to find and rescue Jack and the other prisoners. Edwards is a master of delightful, biting satire, whether demolishing real or imaginary poseurs. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Why have luminaries of the world of conceptual art been kidnapped? And why has Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck – who has publicly described them all as knaves or fools – gone missing too? As victims surface publicly and horrifically dead, in what become ‘The Hommage Murders’, can she be rescued in time?
About the Author
Since 1993 Ruth has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service. Ruth feels both Irish and English and greatly enjoys being part of both cultures. The Anglo-Irish Murders, her ninth crime novel, is a satire on the peace process. Three times a bridesmaid, she has been shortlisted by the Crime Writers Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh award for the funniest crime novel of the year.
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