Helen A. Harrison has a knack for killing off artists before their time. Following her love for mystery, murder, and art, in An Elegant Corpse, her fourth Art of Murder mystery, her victim is the wealthy Filipino-American artist Alfonso Ossorio. The creator of surrealistic assemblages he called Congregations, as well as an art collector and patron, Ossorio died of natural causes in 1990. But in Harrison’s fictional account, in 1976, his body is found at his fabulous East Hampton estate, The Creeks, lying in front of Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist masterpiece, Lavender Mist. A beautiful incorporation of art and mystery.
When Ossorio’s plan to sell the painting proves fatal, suspicion falls on members of his circle, among them Pollock’s widow, Lee Krasner, who has made no secret of her opposition to the sale. Number one on the list, however, is Ossorio’s companion, Ted Dragon. He stands to inherit everything, including Lavender Mist.
To clear his name and find the real killer, Ted calls on his old friend TJ Fitzgerald, a private investigator and the son of NYPD Chief Brian Fitzgerald and Detective Juanita Diaz. The whole family becomes involved in the search for Ossorio’s killer, untangling a twisted thread of betrayal, jealousy, and revenge.
About The Author
Helen A. Harrison, an art historian, journalist, and director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York, is an authority on modern American art. As in her previous mysteries set in New York City and the Hamptons, she immerses us in an art-world milieu in which actual and fictional characters interact. And although the story is a fabrication, the surroundings in which it plays out are true to life, creating a captivating mix of reality and invention.
Appealing to fans of historical mysteries, modern art enthusiasts, and whodunit lovers in general, An Elegant Corpse draws readers into the glamorous world of Eastern Long Island’s fabled art colony in its heyday, peopled by characters introduced in Harrison’s earlier novels, An Exquisite Corpse, the award-winning An Accidental Corpse, and its sequel, An Artful Corpse.
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