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In the sequel to Harmony in Flesh and Black, Fred Taylor stumbles upon a fragment recently cut from an eighteenth-century painting and sets out to find the remainder of the painting, but in doing so he crosses the path of a con artist who deals with former victims of Satanic cults.
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For the first few minutes of this recording one may feel that Patrick Cullen's reading is far too flat and mechanical. But presently one finds oneself completely engrossed in the story and hardly aware of the reader. In short, this recording is an excellent example for those who feel that an audiobook reader should be neutral, interpreting as little as possible. In this case it works, no doubt helped by fine writing and a mystery that is more intellectual puzzle than emotional thriller. Cullen's reading is not, in fact, flat, but finely controlled understatement: intelligent and free of distractions. Unusually clear sound further enhances the transparent effortlessness of this recording. J.N. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
It isn't long after the harmless old gent who'd staked out his librarian lover Molly Riley's place turns up dead on the banks of the Charles that Fred Taylor comes on a much more appealing, though equally serendipitous, find in antique dealer Oona Imry's shop: a fragment of a painting that just might be by John Singleton Copley. Fred's employer, omnivorous art collector Clayton Reed, charms Oona into selling the handsomely painted squirrel at a man's feet, and Fred promptly goes hunting for the rest of the canvas. But the second third, though it's free for the taking, comes at a much higher price: Oona's pianist nephew Marek Hrics¢ gives it to Fred after semi-nude Oona's been ground under the wheels of a train. The lethal treasure hunt for the last third of the Copley (if that's what it is) is obviously tied in to the defunct stalker, and to the mumbo-jumbo malpractice of Satanic deprogrammer Dr. Eunice Cover-Hoover, who's been lurking equally portentously in the shadows of Molly's telephone from the word go. Watching Fred follow the trail from Copley to Satan--by way of Adult Rescue, Inc., a coven of the weirdest heavies you've ever seen outside the astral realm--stands in for the sort of mystery that would have you asking whodunit. Fred remains as charming as in his debut (Harmony in Flesh and Black, 1995), and if the culprits aren't exactly the stuff of nightmares, they pack all the menace of good comic-book villains. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0805036660
Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0805036660
Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110805036660