A Collector of Photographs
San Francisco artist Roxanne Gautier’s startling paintings of male prostitutes has set off shock waves throughout the art world—and in her personal life as well. When Taylor Adams, her favourite model, commits suicide—or so it appears—her husband is frightened she may be connected with the death. Could ex-policeman Kevin Bryce investigate the matter discreetly?
Taylor’s fellow prostitutes, including the beautiful and dangerous Angel, and the diary revealing pages of Roxanne’s diary take Bryce into a nightmare world of corruption, blackmail and moral decay. A disturbing and powerful novel.
Now available digitally on Orion’s The Murder Room imprint. Originally published by Victor Gollancz in the UK, and Avon in the US. Also available in large print.
Short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe, a Shamus, an Anthony Boucher and a Macavity award.
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