Publication: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995, London
First edition. Author's second mystery. Page edges uniformly tanned else fine in dust jacket. The Island of the Dead is a macabre and disturbing painting ... but that can't be the only reason for the savage attack on it by an elderly visitor to the London gallery where it is on view. Journalist Minto Maitland finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the perpetrator of the attack. The attacker, Thomas Donat, reveals a horrific story of brutality and betrayal in Budapest at the time of the 1956 Revolution. He further exposes curious connections between the picture and Alexander Courtney, a recently deceased art dealer. The painting and at least two men are hiding an appalling and evil secret!
Inventory Number: 47537