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The Genius

(2008)
(The Brutal Art)
A novel by

 
 
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"In the beginning, I behaved badly."

That's how the uber-talented Jesse Kellerman opens up his newest novel, The Genius, and right away, he has you.

I won't give you a long plot summary because others will do it better, but briefly: A young art dealer named Ethan Muller manages to get hold of a treasure trove of original art after the artist, an unknown shut-in named Victor Cracke, disappears. The first sign of trouble crops up when a retired cop recognizes one of the figures as being a boy who died some 40 years earlier. Ethan's life spirals out of control from there. Before the story is over, Ethan will learn to question everything about his "wonderful" discovery--as well as his own family's destiny.

Yes, the book is gripping and compelling and Ethan Muller, the narrator, is wonderfully wry company, but what truly separates Kellerman from the pack is his prose. Simply put, he is a wonderful writer. He has the ability to make everything seem, well, true. Every scene has that ring of authenticity that's so elusive in fiction. I bought everything that Ethan did--and loved the flashbacks showing how the Muller family went from poor immigrants to real-estate tycoons.

I love books where past crimes will not stay buried. The web of deceit in The Genius stretches back four decades, but it is still claiming victims. Jesse Kellerman tightens the noose slowly, and we his readers can do nothing but turn the pages.

I have been a fan since his debut, Sunstroke, but he's getting better and better. If you've already read Jesse Kellerman, don't waste anymore time reading this review. If you haven't yet discovered his work, The Genius is the place to begin--and not a bad description of the author.


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Used availability for Jesse Kellerman's The Genius

Hardback Editions

April 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 1-84744-152-1 / 978-1-84744-152-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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May 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Genius (Center Point Platinum Mystery (Large Print))
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 1-60285-180-8 / 978-1-60285-180-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-399-15459-0 / 978-0-399-15459-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-515-14605-6 / 978-0-515-14605-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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2009 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: BRUTAL ART, THE
Author(s): Kellerman Jesse
ISBN: 0-7088-6498-8 / 978-0-7088-6498-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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December 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-7515-4028-5 / 978-0-7515-4028-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 1-84744-154-8 / 978-1-84744-154-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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January 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 1-4055-0755-1 / 978-1-4055-0755-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-7531-3323-7 / 978-0-7531-3323-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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October 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-7531-3324-5 / 978-0-7531-3324-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 0-14-314313-1 / 978-0-14-314313-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
ISBN: 1-4159-5460-7 / 978-1-4159-5460-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Brutal Art
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Sphere
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April 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Genius
Author(s): Jesse Kellerman
Publisher: Berkley
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