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How a portrait in Madrid inspired me to write my Caravaggio thriller On the upper floor of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in central Madrid, I wandered into a broad room where the masterpieces were arrayed like chocolates in a box. Just as with an assortment of sweets, I knew immediately and innately which one attracted me. I stepped into the arms of Caravaggio’s Saint Catherine of Alexandria. She still hasn’t let go. I was in Madrid on...

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My Caravaggio novel in paperback

My Caravaggio novel in paperback


Posted By on Jun 14, 2013

My historical thriller A Name in Blood, which is about the great Italian artist Caravaggio, will be out in a small-format UK paperback in two weeks. Pre-order it for a special discount at amazon.co.uk, from Waterstone’s, or from Foyle’s. Rees illuminates with sensitivity the hitherto dark portrait of one of the world’s most influential artists. –Daily Mail A superb tale of intrigue and wrong doing in Renaissance Italy–It’s...

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To research A Name in Blood, my novel about the mystery of Caravaggio’s death, I traveled to all the places where the great artist lived and worked. I visited galleries around the world to stand before his masterpieces, and I read scores of books about him and the period in which he lived. (I don’t expect praise for this; it was no sacrifice, because most of the research was carried out in Italy. It’s a bit like saying, “I had...

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