In The Kingdom Of Mists

In The Kingdom Of Mists

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London, 1900: while Monet paints the wintry mists over the Thames, the bodies of two young women are dragged from its murky depths arousing fears of a return of Jack the Ripper By now a celebrated and successful artist - despite the controversy stirred up by the Impressionist movement - in the early months of the new century, Monet returned to London to paint his famous Thames series. Prompted by memories of an earlier visit in 1870, the old man recalls his youthful struggles, his beloved first wife Camille and his scandalous relationship with Alice Hoschede. And now, in a frenzy of creative activity he paints the haunting canvases that act as a backdrop to a series of grizzly, psychopathic killings. Oliver Craston, a fledgling diplomat, by chance is present when a horribly mutilated body is pulled from the Thames. Mindful of the need to steer clear of controversy, he is unwillingly drawn into the police investigation. Furthermore, with the Foreign Office nervous over French sympathies with the Boers, Oliver's new acquaintance with M. Monet and his son, who are staying in the luxury of the Savoy Hotel, is likely to raise an eyebrow or two. But on the floor above the Monets' suite, given over as a hospital for wounded officers, stalks a far greater danger...and across the river in the backstreet slums of Lambeth are visions of horror beyond even the intuition of the artist. As the naive young diplomat becomes entangled with bohemian society and the seamier side of London that the investigation exposes him to, a disturbing and unfamiliar world opens up to him. This compelling and mutlilayered novel is an atmospheric exploration of the life of an artist, a murder thriller and, like Tulip Fever and Girl With a Pearl Earring, a triumphant example of 'art fiction'. It is illustrated with 12 reproductions of the paintings themselves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552770051
  • 9780552770057

About Jane Jakeman

Jane Jakeman has published a number of genre crime novels. She is a writer and broadcaster specialising in crime, travel and food. She has a doctorate in art history and is married to an Egyptologist. She lives in Oxford and is on the staff of the Ashmolean and the Bodlean Library.show more

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" A lovely novel - compulsively readable and beautifully written." -- Colin Dexter " The novel tells a dramatic story about crime and perception, art and reality through the eyes of the famous painter, the policeman and a young diplomat. Multi-layered and voiced, this is a fascinating attempt to add an extra dimension to this historical crime novel." -- "Guardian" "A lovely novel - compulsively readable and beautifully written." -- Colin Dexter "The novel tells a dramatic story about crime and perception, art and reality through the eyes of the famous painter, the policeman and a young diplomat. Multi-layered and voiced, this is a fascinating attempt to add an extra dimension to this historical crime novel." -- "Guardianshow more

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4 30% (19)
3 43% (27)
2 16% (10)
1 6% (4)
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