My new novel A NAME IN BLOOD is out in the UK this weekend. To introduce it, I’m giving away five copies of the hardcover edition to the winners of this competition. Ten lucky runners up will get a paperback copy of my last novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. To enter, go to any page on my website and sign up for my newsletter (in the right-hand column, where it says “Newsletter,” enter your email address.) A NAME IN BLOOD is my version of the story of Caravaggio, the great Italian artist. It begins in Italy, 1605. For the ruling Borghese family, Rome is a place of grand palazzos and frescoed cathedrals. For Caravaggio, it is a place of rough bars, knife fights, and grubby whores. Until he is commissioned to paint the Pope…Soon, Caravaggio has gained entry into the Borghese family’s inner circle and become the most celebrated artist in Rome. But when he falls for Lena, a low-born fruit-seller, and paints her into his Madonna series as a simple peasant woman, Italian society is outraged. Discredited as an artist, but unwilling to retract his vision of the woman he loves, Caravaggio is forced into a duel – and murders a well-connected street tough. His powerful patrons can’t protect him from a death sentence. So Caravaggio flees to Malta. His paintings continue to speak of his love for Lena. But before he can return to her, Caravaggio, the most famous artist in Italy, simply disappears… Get the UK edition. Read a sample chapter. Listen to me read a sample chapter.
- June 29, 2012