Poisoned Pen, Oct 2001, 24.95, 200 pp.
Fred Taylor, agent for art collector Clayton Reed, returns to his Boston home after a failed trip in Paris because his employer rejected a high bidding on a Sargent. At Logan Airport, the man standing in front of Fred collapses. In the confusion, Fred inadvertently picks up something while trying to help the unfortunate person. Later Fred arrives at Clayton's house, only to realize he had accidentally taken a portfolio that looks very medieval and expensive.
Clayton wants to keep the find, bless his larcenous nature, but Fred wants to return the folio to the rightful owner. Word leaks out about Fred's find and a spectrum of individuals ranging from legitimate collectors to cranks and crooks want the folio with some of the protagonists not concerned with the method to attain the prize.
Nicholas Kilmer knows how to tantalize his audience by describing one of the most beautiful artworks in the world that this reviewer would love to see. Readers also get a glimpse at the avarice and shady dealings that impacts the art world. Ethics is rarely seen, as infighting is the norm. LAZARUS ARISE is a seriocomic mystery that sub-genre fans will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner