Troubador The Piltdown Picasso

Released: 28/07/2015

ISBN: 9781784623197

eISBN: 9781784629281

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Piltdown Picasso


The Piltdown Picasso is a fast-moving, well-plotted thriller, peopled by compelling characters shot through with a strong thread of humour. Matthew (Fax) Fairfax, a man with a past, arrives back in London after spending some years travelling and is quickly drawn into the capital’s fine art community. After helping a friend out with a favour he finds himself framed as the prime suspect when celebrity Mika Slade, who has recently purchased a dubious Picasso, is gunned down. Fairfax is released from police custody due to lack of evidence and joins forces with Gabi, Slade’s zany PA, in an attempt to identify the murderer. They discover that beneath the gloss and polish of London’s art world lurks a sleazy underbelly of drugs, insurance scams and art fraud. An industry where crooked dealers threaten, maim, kidnap and murder to ensure their lucrative trade continues in a rigged marketplace where no work of art is quite what it seems. When Gabi is taken hostage, and possibly poisoned by the fumes from the art forger’s lethal liquid Bakelite, Fairfax confronts the scam’s mastermind in a dramatic and fatal climax high above the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern. A rip roaring tale of art and crime, this is the perfect book for all crime fiction fans.

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I loved the colour and design of the book jacket. It definitely would have attracted me to buy this book in a shop.
I felt empathy with the characters of the story and very quickly became interested in what was happening to them. I don't know much about the art world which added to my overall enjoyment of a good read, well done!

by Maureen Langton

Good art-themed fiction
Humor is threaded throughout the story, and it serves as good entertainment along with the murder mystery. …This is an entertaining novel and I recommend it to everyone who likes a mystery, the art world, England, its suburbs, and everyone who likes to read a good, fun whodunit.

by Manyjewels

When a movie star and her newly purchased Picasso are both riddled with shotgun pellets, the question is why. A "mug" is set up for the murder but he, despite the best efforts of the Met, is able to prove he was elsewhere at the time.

He and the movie star's personal assistant join forces to find out why this happened and if the painting in question is a fraud or the real thing. They have an exciting romp through London as his injuries to both his body and his dignity increase alarmingly until they stumble across the truth. But is it too late? Will they survive this revelation?

It's an interesting story with lots of information about the art world and the fakes that are sold for enormous prices as authentic. It is a world where perception is almost more important than fact and the stakes are very high. So high, in fact, that those involved would do almost anything to protect their "investments". Whether you would know a Picasso from a Monet, it is a solid mystery that has great pace and enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages.

A definite recommendation.

by NetGalley reviewer

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