An old-money East Coast family faces the suspicious death of its patriarch and the unsolved theft of a Goya painting rumored to be cursed
Hanover Square Press
On Sale: January 9, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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Thriller | Suspense
There were four cousins in the Morse family: perfect
Kenny, the preppy West Coast lawyer; James, the shy but
brilliant medical student; his seductive, hard-drinking
sister Audrey; and Teresa, youngest and most fragile,
haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness
that possessed her father.
Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl’s
Point. None of them has visited the family estate since
they were children, when a prized painting disappeared: a
self-portrait by Goya, rumored to cause madness or death
upon viewing. Afterward, the family split apart amid the
accusations and suspicions that followed its theft.
Any hope that their grandfather planned to make amends
evaporates when Teresa arrives to find the old man dead,
his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the
painting once hung. As the family gathers and suspicions
mount, Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her
grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss. But to do so
she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those
who would keep them hidden.
A masterful, deftly plotted novel, The Black Painting
explores the profound power that art, and the past, hold
over our lives.
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