My historical crime novel about the mysterious end of Caravaggio is out in the UK in a couple of weeks. As a taster for A NAME IN BLOOD, I’m making available a short story “Lazarus’s Brush” that’s also about the great Italian artist. The download is FREE until Sunday. It includes the short story, plus a sample chapter from the novel and a personal essay about how I came to write A NAME IN BLOOD. (A bit like all the extra stuff you get on a DVD, but without the “commentary” track. Maybe I’ll do one of those on my Podcast some time….Well, if you do listen to the Podcast, you can hear me talking about how I wrote A NAME IN BLOOD and reading a chapter already.) In the short story “Lazarus’s Brush,” Caravaggio flees to Sicily with a price on his head. Commissioned to paint the raising of Lazarus, he learns about his fears of the violence that stalks him. But the story also charts a profound change in his artistic technique. It’s an episode I didn’t include in the novel, but it’s a compelling moment in Caravaggio’s life and work nonetheless. Download the US version. Get the UK edition. The Caravaggio painting at the heart of “Lazarus’s Brush” has just been restored, by the way. You can read more about the restoration here.