About the Book: A Name in Blood
Artist, lover, swordsman, gambler: a wild life which ended mysteriously. But was Caravaggio murdered? Award-winning crime writer Matt Rees may have the answer
Italy, 1605: For the ruling Borgia family, Rome is a place of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For the lowly artist Caravaggio, it is a place of rough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. Until he is commissioned to paint the Pope.
Soon, Caravaggio has gained entry into the Borgia family's inner circle, and becomes the most celebrated artist in Rome. But when he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna series as a simple peasant woman, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, but unwilling to retract his vision of the woman he loves, Caravaggio is forced into a duel -and murders a nobleman.
Even his powerful patrons cannot protect him from a death sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta, where, before he can be pardoned, he must undergo the rigorous training of the Knights of Malta. His paintings continue to speak of his love for Lena. But before he can return to her, as a Knight and a noble, Caravaggio, the most famous artist in Italy -simply disappears
About the Author: Matt Rees
Matt Rees was born in Wales and read English at Oxford before moving to the Middle East to become a journalist. He is also the author of the award-winning Omar Yussef series, which follows a detective in Palestine, and is now published in twenty-two countries.
'Mozart, music, and murder seamlessly blend together in this fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read' -Tess Gerritsen on Mozart's Last Aria
'The power and politics of the day are at work and Mozart fans and code crackers will enjoy the clever musical riddle. A very readable historical mystery romp' - The Times on Mozart's Last Aria
'Matt Rees has drawn a lively portrait of eighteenth-century Vienna well researched, very clever. This is an even better mystery novel than the author's prize-winning series about the Palestinian detective Omar Yussef -and that's saying a lot.' -Literary Review on Mozart's Last Aria
|Book:||A Name in Blood|
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