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|Format:||Paperback, 320 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 14 September 2007|
In a London neighbourhood known for its artists and bohemian style, six year old Tracey Rudd is abducted from her home without any warning, or sign of violence. She is the third child abducted under similar circumstances in recent weeks. But this case is different. She is the daughter of notorious contemporary artist Gabriel Rudd, best known for the grotesque "Dead Puppies," a work centred around his wife's suicide five years earlier. While Rudd exploits Tracey's abduction as an inspiration for a major new work in his upcoming exhibit, D.C.I. David Brock and Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla hunt for the missing girls' kidnapper, who is suspiciously connected to the eccentric community of artists, dealers, and collectors in the neighbourhood.
Three young girls have disappeared—the police think that the first two cases are almost definitely linked, but what of the third missing girl, the daughter of a publicity-seeking artist? Set among the art world in the recently and uneasily gentrified East End of London, Maitland’s eighth Brock and Kolla novel combines a page-turning plot with well-drawn characters. An extra bonus for the reader is Maitland’s use of the police-procedural framework for a deft examination of some of the philosophical complexities and moral quandaries posed by contemporary art. Add to that enough final-chapter twists and turns to keep the reader genuinely guessing until the last moment (and perhaps even beyond) and you have an unusually satisfying crime thriller. The cover blurb’s comparison to Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell is spot-on: this is a very English-style book from an Australian author—the kind of tale that deserves to end up as a Friday-night miniseries on the ABC. If you and your crime-reading customers haven’t caught on to Maitland yet, this would be a good place to start—while the characters of Brock and Kolla are well established, the banter between them in this book serves as an incentive to go back and read their earlier cases. Tim Coronel is AB&P’s assistant editor C. 2004 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
"Gripping...Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive. No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way." -- "Publishers Weekly" on "No Trace" "In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game. Fans of British police procedurals by such authors as Jill McGown, Stuart MacBride, and Quentin Jardine will demand this." -- "Library Journal" (starred review) on "No Trace"
|Publisher: ||Minotaur Books,US|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 14.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.43 kg)|