A savvy art world thriller with a strong, independent heroine and the follow-up to The Appraisal, finalist for the 2018 Staunch Prize.
Former Budapest cop Attila Feher would really like to see art expert Helena Marsh again, so he arranges a contract for her to determine whether a painting is a copy of a famous Artemisia Gentileschi canvas or the real thing. A simple appraisal becomes a dangerous assignment when usual eastern European gangsters show up and people start dying and the seething corruption that underlies the lost promise of post-Soviet Hungary swirls to the surface. In a race to get to the truth and to outwit her adversaries, Helena and Attila must solve the mystery of the painting’s origins.
Richly atmospheric, set in Strasbourg, Budapest, and Paris, this witty, sophisticated novel will satisfy readers of political thrillers by Alan Furst and Philip Kerr. Deceptions is a thinking-person’s thriller, a romp to the last satisfying page.
Available April 6, 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW!
Born in Budapest, Anna Porter is the award-winning author of nine books, both non-fiction (In Other Words, The Ghosts of Europe, Kasztner’s Train, The Storyteller, and Buying a Better World) and mystery novels (Mortal Sins, Hidden Agenda, The Bookfair Murders, and The Appraisal). She co-founded Key Porter Books, an influential publishing house she ran for over 20 years. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her husband and Gustav the dachshund.
Published: April 2021
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.