The second book in Riess’s series of suspense novels set in the art world, FALSE LIGHT, continues the evolution of the professional—and personal—relationship between art magazine editor, Erika Shawn and professor of art history Harrison Wheatley.
Shawn and Wheatley attempt to crack the long-undeciphered code of prankish art forger, Eric Hebborn (1934-1996), which promises to reveal the whereabouts of a number of his brilliant Old Master counterfeits. But what starts out as an academic puzzler leads to far darker mysteries in the clandestine world of art crime, culminating in murder. As the couple navigates this sinister world, both their courage under fire and the stability of their relationship are tested.
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Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker magazine and Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and has edited several art history monographs. The first book of her art suspense series, STOLEN LIGHT (“complex and intriguing”:Kirkus Reviews), was chosen by Vassar Professor of Latin American History for distribution to participants in Vassar’s people-to-people trips to Cuba. Her magazine articles and synopses of her published and in-the-works novels can be found on her website: claudiariessbooks.com.
Of FALSE LIGHT, Elizabeth Cooke, award-winning author of the Hotel Marcel series, wrote: “What an enchanting read! The narrator pulls you along at a great pace. Not only is the love relationship of the two leading characters, Erika and Harrison, delightfully told, but the complexities and criminal activities of the art world are revealed dramatically. Mystery. Passion. Crime. All in one. What more could a book-lover want!”
From Alan Covey, M.D.: “Riess has outdone herself. From the very first pages, FALSE LIGHT explodes into motion. There is excitement, intrigue, and intricate painting of characters. It is fast-moving and mind-grabbing. The author’s best yet.”
Another of Riess’s mysteries, SEMBLANCE OF GUILT, garnered from Lunar Haven Reviews: “I had to go back to reread it just to satisfy my inner voice screaming for more.”
The third novel in Riess’s art suspense series, KNIGHT LIGHT, is scheduled for release by Level Best Books October 27, 2020.