Killing the Emperors (Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck and Robert Amiss Mysteries) (Jack Troutbeck / Robert Amiss Mystery)

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Sir Henry Fortune, celebrity curator, has vanished. So too has his partner in love and money, disreputable art dealer Jason Pringle. Panic spreads throughout the London art world when more people go missing. No one can locate Anastasia Holliday, sensational Abject artist; Jake Thorogood, the critic who catapulted her into stardom; or Dr. Hortense Wilde, notorious for having influenced generations of art students to despise craftsmanship.

Hysteria hits the media when it is found that the common link between the victims is that their careers blossomed when they embraced newly fashionable conceptual art. Could it be that they are hostages? If so, why? Ransom? Revenge?

Who will be next? Will it be Sir Nicholas Serota, mighty overlord of British temples of the avant-garde, or the internationally renowned young British artist Damien Hirst, whose dross became platinum? Is danger in store for Charles Saatchi, megarich husband of a TV cook and the genius who took talentless young people and turned them into a winning brand?

When news comes of a disappearance in New York, the fears of the art establishment go transatlantic, with even such stars as Jeff Koons at risk.

Next the friends of Lady (Jack) Troutbeck report her missing, too, she a standard-bearer of conservative values in education and art who recently described admirers of conceptual art as knaves and fools. The police are bewildered. And then begin the horrifying Hommage murders, lethal satires on notorious works of art.

Can Troutbeck's friends rescue her before her worst fantasies become reality?

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RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS has been an academic, teacher, journalist, marketing executive, civil servant, and, since 1979, a freelance writer. She was born and raised in Dublin, was a student at University College Dublin and a post-graduate at Cambridge University. She greatly enjoys being part of the cultures of both Ireland and England, and she appears frequently on radio and television in Ireland, the UK, and on the BBC World Service. A historian and biographer, she is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including the biography Victor Gollancz, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure, winner of the 1978 National University of Ireland Prize for Historical Research. She has also won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Nonfiction for Aftermath. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University Belfast. She lives in London.

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Baroness Ida Jack Troutbeck is kidnapped, along with an assortment of art critics, consultants, historians, collectors, gallery owners, and artists, all of whom, except Jack, are enthusiastic about the conceptual art movement. Their sociopathic kidnapper, Oleg Sarkovsky, believes each of the people he has snatched has wronged him in some way, and he is determined to exact revenge. While Jack’s friends Robert Amiss and Mary Lou Dinsmore work behind the scenes to locate and free Jack, Mary Lou’s husband, Detective Inspector Ellis Pooley, handles the official investigation. As some of the kidnap victims begin to show up dead in staged conceptual art installations, the ante is upped dramatically. Jack is the only one of those kidnapped who knows that those who have disappeared from the group are being murdered, but she tries to keep spirits up and protect the others as best she can. Less a mystery, since the reader is privy to events at the location where the victims are held, the novel does deliver suspense as it skewers the conceptual art movement. --Sue OBrien

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