A BACK ROOM IN SOMERS TOWN by John Malcolm
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A BACK ROOM IN SOMERS TOWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fresh and zesty debut featuring newly-divorced, 30-ish Tim Simpson, a business trouble-shooter with art expertise. Called in by old friend and dealer Willie Morton to look at paintings by Sickert and follower Mary Godwin, Tim is stunned, some days later, to find Willie stabbed to death. . . and the paintings gone. Then, however, an assignment by the White banking family--to investigate their failing perfume factory in Brazil--distracts Tim from the unsolved murder. But it's in Sao Paulo--amid Latin intrigue, White family history (in the person of great nephew Luis), a passionate affair, and two attempts on his life--that our hero finds his friend's killer. . . and the bizarre motive for the murder. Intricate yet credible plotting, vividly contrasting London and Latin locales, some fascinating art history: the total picture is a bang-up premiere for quirky, sophisticated Tim Simpson.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1985
Publisher: Scribners