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A Paradise for Fools (Fred Taylor Art Mystery #8)

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The young woman in the hair salon raises her shirt to show a friend a work in progress—a riot of stunning tattoos. From the barber’s chair, Fred Taylor knows that those images—weird insects, beasts, and naked human figures—could only come from something amazing: a hitherto unknown painting of rare and significant value. And the girls don’t have a clue.

Fred knows such a pai
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Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published September 1st 2011)
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Grace
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Author: Nicholas Kilmer (pubdate 9/6; publish 8/31 or so)
Title: A Paradise for Fools

Description (source): The young woman in the hair salon raises her shirt in a furtive gesture to show a friend the work in progress- a riot of stunning tattoos. From his accidental vantage point in the barber's chair, Fred Taylor knows that those weird insects, beasts and naked human figures could only come from something nice-a painting that, if he could only see it in the flesh, might prove to be rare, and of s
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Kathy
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I always like Nicholas Kilmer's books. Although this one was recently written, it takes place earlier in time, back in the 1990s, when Fred was just starting to get to know Molly and her kids.

Fred gets an inkling of the existance of an old painting from the incredible tattoo art he witnesses at a hair cutting salon. All he wants is a chance to actually see the painting, if it really exists. Tattoo wearers and inkers, alike, frustrate his attempts. Then there's a hit and run death. Is it related?
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Frank
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

The pluses are a lot of detail about the underside of Cambridge, and a positive view of the Cambridge Public Library, although the geography was a little confusing from personal experience - how did they get to the river from Central Square at lunch hour? Lots of hints of a special forces background for Fred Taylor (the art detective), but it was irrelevant to the plot and never explained. No actual sex, although some sexy scenes (is this a spoiler).

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Laura
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Way too disjointed to flow along at all and make for an interesting read. If there are real people who actually speak this way then i pity them and the ones who educated them. But I slogged through the entire book to find out "who dun it".
TC
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Release date 6th Sept, review to come closer to that date.
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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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