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Dirty Linen (Fred Taylor Art Mystery #4)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A cache of old erotic paintings is purchased clandestinely at a benefit seaside auction, under the noses of competing dealers and of Westport, Massachusetts, would-be high society. When word gets out that these pictures may illuminate the dark side of a major artist, Boston collector Clayton Reed and his agent Fred Taylor must provide a cloak of respectability for the coll ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 12th 1999 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jan 28, 2010 Alline rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I like reading Nicholas Kilmer books because I love reading about art, artists and art history. Unfortunately, Kilmer sometimes seems to clever for his own good, and leaves me lost and confused. The good news: I learned a new term - ha-ha. And I don't mean the giggle.

From the book: "...letting his car stop at the edge of the cattle ditch that cut the road. Running out in either direction from this interruption, and continuing its purpose, a half mile's worth of ha-ha separated the pasture from
Nov 23, 2008 Michel rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, art
Just a fairly good book to read while you have no umpf for the books you really want to read.
Fairly well built, with ok characterization, and just enough hi-brow stuff about art and art history to make you feel you are getting smarter.
And I am still "29 books behind schedule"!
Red Fields
This is an art mystery and usually right up my alley. It never really took off for me; the mystery/solution was not that interesting. The characters were OK. I believe it is part of a series but I will not be rushing out for any of the others, any time soon.
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Jul 29, 2009 James Johnson rated it really liked it
although this mystery is no great shakes, it is solidly written and plotted, and has a good bit of art historical text interwoven in a way that doesnt make you wanna gag. good summer fare.
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Teacher of art and Latin in Vienna, VA, 1960-62; Action for Boston Community Development, Boston, MA, writer in department of planning and evaluation, 1966-67; English teacher at private school in Beverly, MA, 1967-70; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA, associate professor of liberal arts, 1970-82, dean, 1979-82; affiliated with Art Research of Cambridge, Cambridge, MA, 1984-88; founder of N ...more
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