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The Genius by Jesse Kellerman
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Dec 01, 2008

really liked it

Greed gets a 33-year-old art dealer, into hot water in a superb thriller When reclusive artist Victor Cracke disappears, Muller winds up taking possession of the boxes and boxes of intense, disturbing drawings that Cracke left behind in his shabby Queens apartment. A favorable New York Times article helps fuel lucrative sales at an exhibit of Cracke's drawings Soon Muller starts to receive cryptic, vaguely threatening letters. He also hears from a retired NYPD detective, who recognizes the face of one of the boys in a Cracke drawing as belonging to the victim of a 40-year-old unsolved murder. That revelation turns Muller into an amateur detective as he attempts to discover how the dead boy's imagealong with those of several other victims made its way into the pictures. Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go."

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