By Shane Maloney
Murray Whelan, political adviser to the newly appointed minister of tradition, is placing directly to his task via his toenails after the latest ministerial shakeup. His studying curve is compelled fast upward while, on his first day, the disgruntled younger artist Marcus Taylor is located useless, drowned within the decorative moat outdoor the nationwide artwork Gallery. A born detective regardless of himself, Murray digs, and the deeper he is going, the extra difficult the secret turns into. who's this different painter, Victor Szabo, unknown in his lifetime and now the darling of the paintings international, his work fetching loopy costs? And what approximately artwork maven Lloyd Eastlake, who appears like the chess grasp relocating his art-world pieces...but towards what sinister finish?
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But I wasn ’ t going to tell him that. Not with the attitude he was taking. He was sitting behind a tiny imitation baroque desk made of plywood. Most of it was taken up by a voluminous white marble ashtray, and by two pompously over-flowing correspondence trays, one weighted down by a small plaster bust of Aristotle. Mavramoustakides crushed the tip of his cigarette cruelly into the ashtray, put his elbows on his desk and smiled a mirthless smile. ‘ If we don ’ t get your co-operation, ’ he said.
Minister for Water Supply. The very thought of it made my mouth go dry. I looked about the Nea Hellas pro duction room for something to slake my sudden thirst. The only cup in sight contained the congealing dregs of ancient Greek coffee. My future was suddenly as black as that bitter beverage. I touched it to my lips. At least it was wet. I ’ d been at Ethnic Affairs for four years. Employing me as his principal adviser had been one of Agnelli ’ s smarter moves. In a state whose two major ethnic power blocks are the Greeks and the Italians, giving the job to a man with an Irish name was a masterstroke of impartiality.
A day of rain bisects a month of shine. Spring van ishes for weeks on end. Summer arrives unseasonably early, inexplicably late, not at all. Winter is wet but not cold, cold but not wet. So far, that summer, all we ’ d had was heat. Through a city limp and surly beneath its oppressive demands, I steered my butter-yellow 1979 Diahatsu Charade towards my waiting fate. Past the airless bungalows of Northcote and the tight-packed terraces of Collingwood, through the reek of molten asphalt and the baked biscuit aroma of the brewery malting works, I drove to Victoria Parade, a boulevard of canopied elms marking the northern boundary of the central business district.
The Brush Off : A Murray Whelan Mystery by Shane Maloney