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THE GENIUS
by Jesse Kellerman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

2008 Contemporary Mystery Nominee

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With just three books to his credit, literary legacy Kellerman (son of Faye and Jonathan) has proven that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Unlike most mysteries, his novels are truly character driven and thus completely unpredictable. This utterly fascinating journey about a person who's growing and changing thanks to the mystery he's stumbled into is just as riveting for the way it develops as for the final outcome.

Being heir to the Muller fortune has never been comfortable for youngest son Ethan. Now an art dealer, he's
made his own way in life, separate and estranged from his cold tycoon father. Then a call from his dad's henchman leads him to the greatest discovery of his career.

A strange man named Victor Cracke, who lived in one of his father's apartment buildings for decades, has disappeared, leaving behind a room stuffed with thousands of incredibly detailed and exquisitely interconnected drawings that hint at great genius (and madness). But finding this amazing treasure propels Ethan down a life-changing path that leads back to the cold cases of five strangled children and a dark web of family secrets. (PUTNAM, Apr., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino

Publisher: Putnam

Published: April 2008

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