Tim Mitchell has moved from Brighton to Amsterdam to escape a destructive relationship with unstable artist, Karl, whose only ambition in life is to die. In the new city, Tim finds a painting in a nearby gallery that disturbs him; the face staring at him from the canvas is that of Karl. Tim starts to feel that he is being watched. A few weeks later, his new love interest,Tim Mitchell has moved from Brighton to Amsterdam to escape a destructive relationship with unstable artist, Karl, whose only ambition in life is to die. In the new city, Tim finds a painting in a nearby gallery that disturbs him; the face staring at him from the canvas is that of Karl. Tim starts to feel that he is being watched. A few weeks later, his new love interest, a young racist film director, is beheaded. The painting in the gallery has changed to Salome. Although the evidence is tenuous, Tim and Dutch-Moroccan detective, Hassan, start to believe that the killer may be targeting Tim’s lovers and is signalling his intentions by the paintings placed in the gallery. To test the theory, Hassan poses as Tim’s boyfriend but, after a week, all is still quiet. A new painting of a poppy field appears in the gallery. That night, Hassan’s fiancée is killed with a heroin overdose.Bizarrely, all the signs are now pointing towards Karl as the killer. Tim makes a surprise visit to Brighton to confront him but is devastated to find that he too has been murdered. Or could it have been an elaborate suicide? An old friend, Brian, reveals that Karl had been having an affair with an artist called Michael. In Amsterdam, Tim is lonely and feels under threat. At his lowest ebb, he meets new lover, Rui Fernandes, in the sauna. Rui is intrigued by a possible link between Michael and the S&M world. An old friend of his, Zwarte Piet, tells them that he knew Michael years before. He is a psychopathic sadist. The next day, Piet is found dead; the killing foretold by yet another painting.Tim decides to do a painting to provoke Michael. It goes in the gallery window and they set off for Brighton for Karl’s funeral. They meet an old friend of Tim’s who tells them more about Michael, who was once imprisoned for killing his brother but released due to an unsafe conviction. At the funeral, Tim has a terrifying confrontation with Michael, who is posing as a reporter. Back in Amsterdam, Tim and Rui go to a club where they have a drug-fuelled surreal sexual encounter with Michael who accuses Tim of killing his brother. The following night, they wake to find that they are not alone; Michael has broken in. Deranged, he toys with Tim and Rui. In the ensuing fight, Tim kills Michael with a painter’s mahl stick. As Michael gasps his last breath, it becomes clear that he saw Karl as his brother and Tim as his father.Tim and Rui go back to Brighton to scatter Karl’s ashes. While they are there, a parcel arrives for Tim. He doesn’t need to open it to know that it’s another painting....
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I liked this book. It's a gay novel but don't let that put you off; it's basically a serial killer story with a difference and that's the best way to think about it. Its rattles along at a good pace and crashes to a conclusion. A great read!
What a terrific book. It had me glued to my seat. Kept thinking to myself...what a wonderful movie this would make.