Moore-ons (as the author’s devotees call themselves) will be delighted with the scribe’s latest tale where he takes on ... the color blue. Oh, and also the entire history of art. Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Michelangelo and more all appear in this convoluted and wondrous tale. Moore clearly did his research, and the result is a rather extraordinary mix of fact and off-the-wall fiction. A most definite winner.
Lucien Lessard, baker and painter, is bereft upon hearing of his friend Vincent van Gogh’s death. But perhaps there was more to van Gogh’s apparent suicide. It’s up to Lessard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec to unearth the truth. Assuming Henri can tear himself away from the brothels. And Lessard can concentrate now that the beautiful Juliette has mysteriously returned ... begging him to paint her in the nude, using some extraordinary blue paint provided by The Colorman, a man van Gogh was fleeing just before his death. (MORROW, Apr., 416 pp., $26.99)