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Author: Neil Olson Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781488203909
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“A riveting psychological thriller, a serious dissection of a dysfunctional family and an exploration of the power of art to change lives.” —Associated Press

“A fast-paced psychological thriller with a fascinating set of characters. ... A real page-turner.” -B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger

An atmospheric literary mystery about an infamous painting rumored to be cursed—and the family torn apart by its disappearance.

There are four cousins in the Morse family: perfect Kenny, the preppy West Coast lawyer; James, the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive, hard-drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa, youngest and most fragile, haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her father.

Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl’s Point. None of them have visited the family estate since they were children, when a prized painting disappeared: a self-portrait by Goya, rumored to cause madness or death upon viewing. Afterward, the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theft.

Any hope that their grandfather planned to make amends evaporates when Teresa arrives to find the old man dead, his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung. As the family gathers and suspicions mount, Teresa hopes to find the reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss. But to do so she must uncover ugly family secrets and confront those who would keep them hidden.

A masterful, deftly plotted novel, The Black Painting explores the profound power that art, and the past, hold over our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A well-crafted psychological thriller with an intricate plot and first-rate characters, this deluxe suspense literally bursts with surprises. "

    M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The volatility of memory, the treacherous crucible of family lore, and the myths and mysteries of Goya’s Black Paintings all come hypnotically together in Neil Olson’s outstanding novel….[A] dazzling kaleidoscope of a story.”

    Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This dark, supernaturally tinged tale ends on an unexpectedly hopeful note. Mystery readers interested in art history will be rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Olson’s novel moves easily from art mystery to psychological thriller, with tension and danger building as the characters’ reliability shifts from chapter to chapter. A quick and chilling read.”

    Library Journal

  • “This engrossing, dark psychological suspense tale will draw followers of art-based crime fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “An expertly confected, delicious mystery/thriller, and also a deeper study of the family romance.”

    Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising

  • “A fast-paced psychological thriller with a fascinating set of characters caught in a web of family lies, deceits, secrets, mental instability, and a possible murder…A real page-turner.”

    B. A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger

  • “An expertly confected, delicious mystery.”

    Madison Smartt Bell, author of Behind the Moon

  • A Strand Magazine Pick of the Top Ten Books of 2018

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About the Author

Neil Olson is the author of The Icon, a novel of art theft and family intrigue, and the play Dealers. The grandson of Greek immigrants, he works in the publishing industry and lives in New York City with his wife.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.