LAZARUS, ARISE by Nicholas
Poisoned Pen Press - October 2001
ISBN: 18920809 - Hardcover
Amateur Sleuth Mystery/ Art History
Reviewed by Jo Rogers,
The story takes place
in the Boston area and New York City. It has some rough language, no sex,
and what violence is done, is not told as it is being done, but after
the fact, and not a gory blow by blow.
LAZARUS, ARISE is Nicholas
Kilmer's fourth foray into the field of art history mysteries. I sincerely
hope it isn't his last!
The story begins at
Boston's Logan airport, where Fred Taylor, a procurer of art for Clayton
Reed, is returning from a futile trip to Paris. In the line of disembarking
passengers, the man in front of Fred flings both arms into the air and
collapses. As he falls, he tosses a rolled newspaper into the air, which
Fred catches. Fred eases the man to the floor, noting as he does that
the man is elderly looking, and not well dressed. He feels sorry for him.
But he goes on his way when the ambulance arrives and takes the paper
When Fred gets to his
office, he puts the paper in the trash, until his boss comes in. Then,
knowing Reed will enjoy the French-language paper, he fishes it out and
gives it to him. A short time later, Reed goes back into Fred's office,
glowing with happiness over the artwork Fred has bought for him. But Fred
has no idea what he is talking about. Upstairs, Fred finds that, rolled
into the paper, is a beautifully painted page from a very old illuminated
Bible. Fred immediately sets out to return the page to the old man, only
to find out he died at the airport of a stroke. Now, what does he do?
LAZARUS, ARISE is an
art lesson in old Bibles, and a lesson in principles. Doing the right
thing is good, but how do you know what the right thing is? That question,
and Fred's adventures in finding the answer, makes this book a real page-turner.
Read and enjoy!