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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jesse Kellerman Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781436211420
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A tenant has disappeared in a New York slum, leaving behind strange, original artwork. Gallery owner Ethan Muller can see its brilliance—and money-making potential. When Ethan displays the art, the show attracts the attention of the police. Because the subjects of the pictures look exactly like the victims in a long-cold murder case. Ethan has received a letter saying stop, stop, stop. And the still-missing genius may be the link to a madman—or the madman himself.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mego | 2/20/2014

    " I read this book titled as The Genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/20/2014

    " Same book was published in the UK as The Brutal Art. Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/17/2014

    " I may be too generous giving this book four stars, but the plot is very complex in a good way, though the series of interludes become distracting at times. I understand why they are present, but don't quite understand why they are as long as they are. Overall, it was a compelling a story, and the narrator Kirby Heyborne does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jule O'neal | 2/15/2014

    " This book was good. Well written. A couple parts were a bit tough to read (too much info) but I guess reality can suck sometimes. I enjoyed how the story played out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sison | 2/14/2014

    " This novel is structured with a non-linear timeline which is becoming ever more popular. Geneological flashbacks help lay out the family tree of the protagonist. In the "present" a rich art dealer stumbles upon outsider art that draws him into a world of murder and intrigue. There are enough twists and turns in this book to satisfy any mystery reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pop Culture Nerd | 2/13/2014

    " Kellerman is not without talent and this book is ambitiously plotted but ultimately it fell flat for me. The characters are either bitchy or self-centered and therefore hard to like. I felt detached from them and the goings-on when I should have been absorbed and intrigued. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Barker | 2/1/2014

    " I found this book nicely in keeping the with previous book I read by the younger Kellerman: interestingly quirky. It wasn't until I was about 3/4 of the way through that I realized it was rather like a Michener saga: two family's stories woven together which ultimately intersect. The sub-plots are all pretty good and nicely developed. The love interest story-line was interesting because it ultimately fizzled, which was pleasantly different. Score another one for Jesse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenna | 1/25/2014

    " Was a good read. I liked the way he intwined the "intermissions" together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pingpong70 | 1/12/2014

    " Slow start but sped up to be a quick read. Lots of loose ends at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanrong | 12/25/2013

    " Rich plot, with interesting characters interlocked through history/time. The story unfolds nicely, and ends on a nice note. Makes a good holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 11/29/2013

    " Good little mystery set in the art-dealing world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 11/16/2013

    " Kellerman is one hell of a writer. This book is terrific. He puts his parents writing to shame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/12/2013

    " this one was a bit different.. I had a little trouble with the style.. interesting was that I think I was more intrigued by subplots in this one than the main story.. although they were all connected anyway.. some good character development because I remember them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yorky Caz | 10/21/2013

    " First book i have read by jesse kellerman and i will definitely be reading more!! Excellent book highly recommend it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Pottenger | 9/5/2013

    " I can't remember what bothered me about this one. I do recall that I was disappointed. Jesse Kellerman's first novel, Sunstroke, was so good. Then he came out with Trouble, which was just icky. The Genius disappointed me. I don't think he's writing to his full potential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Kramer | 5/7/2013

    " Jesse Kellerman is fantastic. Very original and inventive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 1/29/2013

    " Thank goodness for Richard and Judy otherwise doubt I would have even considered this novel and would have missed out on a damn good read - not a novel for the fainthearted but fantastically well-written and absolutely thrilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy L | 9/24/2012

    " A compelling story that forces you to keep reading. The plot is engrossing and portrays the damage secrets can have on future generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/26/2012

    " This is the third book of his I've read - he has defiantly improved/matured as a writer. Well done will read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie | 1/15/2012

    " Storyline was pretty good, but too much bad language for my taste. Plus, some of the characters were a little unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 12/15/2011

    " I enjoyed it once I was able to get in to it. It took a while to warm up to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 9/5/2011

    " Quite enjoyed it but that's as far as it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 5/20/2011

    " The previous book I read by this author was Sunstroke which I found fairly pedestrian. This novel has much greater maturity and complexity, an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 4/6/2011

    " Great book. Many levels to the story and so interesting. Keeps you involved till the last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 3/18/2011

    " LANGUAGE! It's a very dark story of twisted people who use deceptions and hiding the truth . No recommend for this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mew | 3/16/2011

    " I don't usually read 'thrillers' or 'crime fiction' but this novel might change my mind - surprisingly fast paced yet cohesive. Thrilling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ericaisrich | 2/17/2011

    " I think the book was slowly paced. I do not know what I particularly did not like about this book. I think the first person account was what turned me off the most. The twist was predictable by the middle part. I have developed little sympathy to the main lead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/16/2011

    " Quite enjoyed it but that's as far as it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 2/2/2011

    " Very interesting story.
    Difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/28/2011

    " Kellerman is one hell of a writer. This book is terrific. He puts his parents writing to shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2011

    " Let me tell you this. Jesse Kellerman is a better writer than both his parents put together. This book is wildly unpredictable and absolutely one of the best I've ever read. I can't WAIT for his next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 12/9/2010

    " Got really bored with this which was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/9/2010

    " I'd give this book 3-1/2 stars if I could. I liked how the author alternated between the present and past. They came together nicely in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2010

    " yup good enjoyable read. Don't expect anything too deep and meaningful. "

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About the Author

Jesse Kellerman is the international bestselling author of The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.