"A gripping tale that surveys the fin-de-siecle art world
in New York with a remorseless gaze. A great,
fast-paced and beautifully constructed story."
author of ARCADIA and
AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST
—THE NEW YORKER
PORTRAIT IN BLOOD
They were the New York art scene’s golden couple—until the day Amanda Oliver was found murdered in her SoHo loft, and her husband Philip confessed to shooting her. But was he a continent away when the trigger was pulled? Art dealer Jackson Wyeth sets out to learn the truth, and uncovers the dangerous secrets lurking beneath the surface of ManhattanÕs posh galleries and decadent parties, a world of adultery and madness, of beautiful girls growing up too fast and men making fortunes and losing their minds. But even the worst the art world can imagine will seem tame when the final shattering sin is revealed...
This stunning debut novel from an editor of one of world’s leading fine art publications offers an insider’s tour of the New York and international art worlds, and a searing, unforgettable visit to the darkest chambers of the human heart.
Acclaim for RICHARD VINE...
- First publication ever!
- An extraordinary first novel by an art world insider
- Cover features a lost work by legendary painter Robert Maguire
- Booklist on SOHO SINS: "Arresting...Ambitious...Explores the nature of marriage, relationships, and even deeper existential questions...Vine paints a compelling picture."
- "Darkly glamorous, brimming with sophistication and thrumming with a decadent’s regret, SOHO SINS stuns right through to its final pages."
- — Megan Abbott, author of THE FEVER and DARE ME
- "Drama, deceit, and debauchery...Richard Vine brilliantly brings the underbelly of the art world to the forefront in this dark tale of woe. Phenomenal."
- — Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum
- "Savvy and deeply enjoyable. The Great Gatsby meets Raymond Chandler."
- — Bill Pangburn, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- "A dark, sophisticated and twisted tour that puts the reader right in the middle of the art world, with no escape till the last page."
- — Jonathan Santlofer, author of THE DEATH ARTIST
- "An extraordinary first novel set in a world fueled by sex, alcohol, and make-believe, and driven by the ferocity of our innermost desires."
- — Henry Meyric Hughes, Honorary President, International Association of Art Critics
- "The New York art world of the ’90s, awash in money, frames a suspenseful crime novel that’s also a gripping morality tale involving sex, ambition, deception and murder. The subtly delineated characters include a worldly art dealer who tells the story; a religious cop; a half-crazy tech tycoon and his ex-wife, a sculptor; a depraved young video artist; and a precocious schoolgirl with a mind of her own. The intricate plot, blending real and fictional places and persons, delivers a devastating, intriguingly ambiguous surprise ending."
- — Elizabeth C. Baker, editor-at-large, Art in America