Cold Eye

Giles Blunt, Author
Giles Blunt, Author Arbor House Publishing $16.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-55710-047-4
Reviewed on: 06/01/1989
Release date: 06/01/1989
A grotesque stranger helps a down-and-out Manhattan artist win fame and fortune in this vivid, harrowing interpretation of the Faust legend. Nicholas Hood likes to paint imaginary murder scenes. His paintings fail to inspire, a browsing detective tells him, because Hood has obviously never witnessed a real murder. Enter Andre Bellisle, an exquisitely accoutred, pockmarked dwarf who helpfully directs Hood to places where deaths occur. As Bellisle predicts, Hood's paintings of these deaths take New York by storm. Of course there's a price to be paid for Bellisle's information--but not the traditional one. To learn what that is, the reader is swept along on a superbly rendered descent into modern-day hell. Blunt is a TV writer whose literary debut is sensational. Paperback rights to Avon. (June)
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