The Art of Deception
Art historian Nicholas Ochterlonie is the very model of a modern English gentleman, with a perfectly ordered life in which everything — or so he thinks — is exactly as it seems. But when his wife inexplicably demands a divorce, he finds himself diving into uncertainty like a junkie with a new drug. Soon he is risking his professional reputation, breaking the law, and embarking on a delirious affair with the mysterious Julian, beautiful and badly damaged by her past with a Russian gangster.
Protecting Julian from the Mafya and challenging his colleagues’ pet convictions give Nicholas an intoxicating new sense of himself: the dashing hero, unafraid to grapple with difficult truths. Of course, all addicts believe they’re in control … until they aren’t any more.
Elizabeth Ironside writes beautifully about identity and uncertainty, and she keeps the ground shifting until the very end.
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Fans of Ruth Rendell, Minette Walters and Death in the Garden
"Ironside writes exquisitely; hardly a page goes by without a turn of phrase of startling originality or a thought that stops the reader cold … Each of her five novels is a treasure"—Richmond Times-Dispatch