This book was nothing at all what I expected and I'm surprised I even finished it.
The description read "In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. "Or did he?" Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?"
"These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends--baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec--who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris"
Sounds like a good mystery no? NO. The two key words in this description are "surreal odyssey" I had a hard time following the storyline. It was very esoteric.
There are good points in the book. The characters of the famous painters in the novel are pretty accurate and he does give interesting antedotes on several paintings. Others may like this book I would suggest two things. Read a couple of reviews on the author and then read a few of the other reviews on the book and make your decision. I for one did not care for it.