GRAVITY (THE) OF SHADOWS

Ramus, David

Published by HarperCollins, 1998
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inscribed by David Ramus to "Permanent Midnight" author Jerry Stahl at half-title page: "To Jerry Stahl-- A great writer and friend. With much gratitude." gray paper covered boards with black spine, gold titles at spine, minor edgewear, corners neat. book body clean and tight. black dust wrapper with blue graphics, copper titles at front and spine, minimal wear, brodart protected. Signed and Isncribed By Author. Bookseller Inventory #

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In his critically acclaimed debut thriller, Thief of Light, former high-stakes art dealer David Ramus gave us a harrowing glimpse inside New York City's ruthlessly competitive art world. Now, in an electrifying return, Ramus casts his unflinching eye on the exclusive old-money world of Palm Beach to create a haunting tale of unfathomable wealth, merciless greed and page-turning suspense. Set behind the gates of a sprawling ocean-front mansion, The Gravity of Shadows weaves a layered account of a priceless Palm Beach art collection, an eager New York art dealer and a smoldering political secret whose powerful keeper will protect it at any cost.

Wil Sumner, a self-made New York City art dealer, was entranced by the lure of fine art from an early age. Raised in the shadow of Palm Beach's spectacular wealth, he was determined to succeed in a world that had always existed just beyond his reach. Now, after making it in New York, Wil finds his business about to come crashing down in a heap of bank debt and broken dreams. An unexpected proposition -- to return to Palm Beach to appraise the private collection of Andrew Stevenson, a wealthy recluse -- may be his only chance to get back in the game.

Review: The most amazing thing about this enjoyable new thriller by the author of the much-praised Thief of Light is that it exists at all. David Ramus was a top New York City art dealer who got into big trouble because of drug use and escalating debts in a dying art market. His first book was written to pay back his creditors; this one, his second, was written in a Federal prison where Ramus was serving a year's sentence for interstate transportation of stolen art. "The constant friction of human contact, the noise and dirt and the simple fact that there is no such thing as a comfortable chair in prison makes it incredibly difficult to sit down with your thoughts and ideas and turn them into meaningful words on a page," he says. In spite of this, The Gravity of Shadows is a smoothly written, carefully plotted story about a desperate New York art dealer, Wil Sumner, who takes a job appraising a private collection in his old home town of Palm Beach, Florida. Scandal, corruption, wayward sex, and murder are some of the things that Sumner finds hiding behind the priceless pictures. --Dick Adler

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Title: GRAVITY (THE) OF SHADOWS
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Paper Boards
Book Condition: Very Good
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