Murray Whelan is the political advisor to the newly appointed minister of culture, Angelo ( Tell me, Murray, what are the Arts? ) Agnelli, and he's hanging on to his job by his toenails. On his first day, the disgruntled young artist Marcus Taylor is found dead, drowned in the ornamental moat outside the National Gallery. The police rule it a suicide, or perhaps an accident, but Murray is t so sure. Besides, this ugly incident occurred on Agnelli's watch, so the heat is on. A born detective despite himself, Murray digs, and the deeper he goes, the more puzzling the mystery becomes. Who is this other painter, Victor Szabo, also dead, unkwn in his lifetime and w the darling of the art world, with works fetching crazy prices--funded in part by the government? And what about suave businessman and art maven Lloyd Eastlake, who is whispering financial sweet things in Angelo Agnelli's ear? A first-rate, funny, tightly plotted thriller with the verve of Get Shorty and Striptease, The Brush-Off brings us a Down Under we hardly knew: with political scamming and art fraud, ruthless culture vultures, silky bureaucrats, and scheming self-made millionaires--all brought together by a streetwise, sharp-tongued political advisor who has a knack for stumbling onto murder. His crash course in culture teaches him one thing for certain: when you dabble with death, there's thing abstract about a loaded gun. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--vels, vellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While t every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might t otherwise find a home.
Shane Maloney, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction, is also the author of Stiff, Nice Try, and The Big Ask. He is a newspaper columnist in Melbourne.