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At the center of James' intriguingly constructed plot are British-born octogenarian Sidonie Keene and her artist sister, Naomi, who moved in the most elite circles of 1930s German society, regularly socializing with Hitler and other high-level Nazis. Naomi's intimate portraits of these powerful men brought her modest fame, but her British homeland quickly labeled her a traitor for consorting with the Nazis, and she died tragically and in disgrace. Sidonie became a virtual recluse after the war, hoping to distance herself from her sister's ignominy. With the passage of time, Naomi's paintings have become fashionable with a few avid (and wealthy) collectors. The question is, Do more of her paintings exist? Hugo Gottfleisch, sometime art dealer and cultured scoundrel, is convinced that Naomi's undiscovered paintings will yield him a fortune, but his scheme to unearth them results in unexpected violence and reveals a long-buried secret as tragic as it is bizarre. James effectively juxtaposes Sidonie's frank reminiscences of the politics and players in prewar Germany with Gottfleisch's tortuous attempts to dupe Sidonie and exploit Naomi's ""lost"" work. The combination makes for a mesmerizing mystery thriller that is also a chillingly compelling examination of evil.

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Painting in the dark
by Russell James.

Published 2000 by Bloodlines, U.S. distributor, DuFour Editions in London, Chester Springs, PA .
Written in English.

Edition Notes



Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PR6060.A473 P35 2000

The Physical Object

312 p. ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

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Internet Archive
1899344632, 1899344624
LC Control Number
Library Thing
4790661 2921021


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