We all tell lies, even the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, even in the intimate depths of our private thoughts. But somehow, I don't know how, maybe through grace, these lies occasionally produce something we all recognize as true.
Chaz Wilmot, an artist more gifted than his famous father, more gifted than his contemporaries whose works sell for fortunes, refuses to compromise his gift and so leads a miserable life as a commercial hack. Offered a lucrative job restoring a ceiling in a Venetian palazzo, Chaz reluctantly accepts. With an ex-wife and a desperately sick child, he needs the money. Once there, Chaz finds there's little left to restore -- it's more a "re-creation" than restoration -- but he does the job brilliantly, so well that it leads to other opportunities which he finds impossible to resist. But this work sets Chaz on the road to madness, and he begins to question his own existence: Is he who he thinks he is? Or is there another Chaz, a man he himself wouldn't recognize? Is he crazy? Or is someone trying to drive him crazy for their own purposes?
Michael Gruber, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows, has created an intricately layered, absorbing novel or psychological suspense, a fascinating world of secrets, genius, and conspiracies.
This is an Advance Reading Copy, also known as an Advance Reader’s Edition, Uncorrected Proof or Unbound Manuscript. ARCs may differ from the final book in some of the text, and if there are pictures or illustrations, they generally are not included.
Its release date is April 1, 2008. It retails for $24.95. This softcover advance edition is 318 pages and measures approximately 6" x 9". It has "store" written on the bottom edge, but is otherwise unread and in new condition.