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Chiaroscuro

Clothier, Peter

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ISBN 10: 031213178X / ISBN 13: 9780312131784
Published by St Martins Pr, 1985
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author 031213178X This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is Very Good, having only minor edge-wear. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the free end page without inscription. Also noted in his hand is "Hollywood CA, Dec 1985". Bookseller Inventory # 002663

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Title: Chiaroscuro

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Jacket present as described

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Author's first novel

From Publishers Weekly:

As every collector knows, the only good artist (in dollar value) is a dead one. In Chiaroscuro, someone seems to be hastening the process by killing them off and it is up to Jacob Molnar, a renowned but reclusive painter, to find out how and why. For some 20 years, Jake has steered clear of hypesters concerned with the trendier aspects of art, but in an effort to uncover the reasons for an old friend's death, he plunges into that domain with a vengeance. Eventually he is able to unveil a portrait of greed ugly enough to shake the foundations of the art world, from SoHo to Sotheby's. A multimillion-dollar scam is afootinvolving collectors, galleries, an artist's ex-wife, two lovers and, all-too-belatedly, the police. Mostly, however, it's Jake's show and his stubborn insistence on frequently going alone and unarmed into the lionizer's den, sounds the only false note in an otherwise excellent story. Clothier, a former dean of the Otis Art Institute, is better armed. His deft rendering of the contemporary art milieu lifts this work well above the demands of the mystery genre, telling us as much about the real "little murders" of talent as it does about the fictional ones. December
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