‘Every act has a past. Events don’t just materialise from nowhere.’
What led a mild-mannered gallery attendant to steal a Renaissance masterpiece? Fascinated by the work of Piero della Francesca, Ras, a Tamil exile in London, finds himself awaiting trial for the theft of one of the artist’s paintings. His lawyer, Elizabeth Saunders, must piece together his story and that of enigmatic writer Alex Benson, following a trail that leads from Sri Lanka to the hills of Italy where, despite the serenity of the landscape, war’s shadow looms long and large.
A vivid and moving fresco of art, love and loss from the LA Times First Fiction Award-shortlisted author of Mosquito and Brixton Beach.