Artist Jake Priestley has made quite a name for himself at a young age. Claiming the coveted Soul Flame Grand Prize of seven million euros had been more of a stroke of dumb luck than intentional tenacity. But that was nothing compared to the immense art event being held in Paris. As Jake and his team, The Chemical Collective, gear up for the big day ahead of them, there is nothing that will stop him from taking home the Grand Prize.
For journalist Joy Attwood the stakes have become stratospheric. And that's a hell of a height to fall from! With her marriage torn apart by a single, ill-fated decision to erase all traces of her runway encounters, there is no doubt that her life is spiraling out of control. But when the day with Jake turn from bizarre to downright terrifying she finds herself in the midst a terrifying heist situation. This time that she's bitten off more than she can chew. And as for swallowing....
Can Joy Attwood survive the dark streets of Paris? Or will The Artist's true colors prove to be the last thing she ever sees?
The fate of an iconic landmark is at stake. Joy fears that the only way out this time could be in a body bag. The Artist is the fourth book in the groundbreaking series from Chrome Valley Books and British author Andrew Mackay.
If you love British humor, satire, and suspense (think John Cleese, Helen Fielding, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, and Imogen Edwards-Jones) then you cannot afford to miss out on The Artist!
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By Richard on 03-04-17
Sooz Kempner brings Joy Attwood to vivid life
An inexperienced author just a few months ago, Andrew Mackay is going from strength to strength in his partnership with Joy Attwood. Each book demonstrates this writer’s eagerness for experimentation and the development of his skills as a storyteller. Though he arguably made a few missteps with some sections of his last book, the same is certainly not true here.
THE ARTIST largely deviates from the episodic structure (not to mention the vulgarity) of earlier volumes in the series, with the protagonist taken (against her will) on a break-neck journey as an unwilling accomplice to a grand anarchic scheme.
After the excess of the previous volume, THE MODEL, which was overflowing with extraordinary ideas, THE ARTIST is an enjoyable change of pace. Mackay has crafted a fine, focused thriller with strong characters shot through with his trademark satirical black humour. What’s even more extraordinary is that he essentially did it in only 5 days.
Adding extra power to Attwood’s first-person reportage and Mackay’s inventive characterisation is comedian Sooz Kempner, who has emerged as a wonderful collaborator in bringing Mackay’s work to vivid life.
The first of the IN THEIR SHOES series to be available as an audiobook, the cover of the 6 ½ hour recording says it’s “Narrated by Sooz Kempner” but this is to understate her contribution. This particular artist throws herself into a fully-rounded performance, developing every character. The only unfortunate aspect to this version of the book is its undeniably inferior recording quality. It’s a little rough around the edges.
This is not a crisp, studio recording and I found it uncomfortable to listen to on headphones. Overlook the imperfections in the production, and listen to it on speakers, and you won’t regret taking the time for the experience. Kempner’s performance shines.