The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman


Format: Paperback

In a New York slum, a tenant has mysteriously disappeared – leaving behind a huge collection of sick but brilliant paintings.

For art dealer Ethan Muller, this is the discovery of a lifetime. He displays the pictures in his gallery and watches as they rocket up in value.

But suddenly the police want to talk to him. It seems that the missing artist had a deadly past. Sucked into an investigation four decades cold, Ethan will uncover a secret legacy of shame and death, one that will touch horrifyingly close to home – and leave him fearing for his own life.

I found that the structure of the book is a little confusing.

The story gets going for a few chapters and then it skips back to the beginnings of the Muller family.

These parts are interesting and in the end they add to the story but every time I started reading one of them I got a little disorientated to begin with before settling into the new setting and getting intrigued about what Kellerman wanted to tell us about now.

The writing style of the book is a little different as well. The story is told by the main character as if he is the one that is writing the book. For the most part the story just gets told but every now and again there is a sentence or two that reminds us that this is his narrative of what happened not just the story being told by the author.

When Ethan first hangs the art in his gallery he could never have guessed what was going to ensue.

It’s a great crime story and it’s interesting how everything links back together but the final part where everything gets explained and put into order for us seems a little rushed.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book, but possibly didn’t focus enough on the results of the book. This might just be a personal preference as I’ve found myself saying this for a completely different author and I guess you can’t exactly draw out the conclusions but it just felt like something was missing.

I would still recommend that people read it as it doesn’t affect the story in any way and it’s a great plot which takes you on an adventure of how things in the policing world are run.

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2 thoughts on “The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman

    • Yeah, it was a fascinating story. Haha, fair enough. It’s different from all the romances and supernatural books that I seem to be reading at the moment so it was a nice change 🙂

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