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Justice in London’s sophisticated Art Gallery World
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
A typically good Follett read but not as smooth as his usual work. For example, he usually does not include in his stories an apparently unnecessary aside without a connection to the plot ultimately to be revealed with an “oh yes” reader response. In this story, however, Sarah, the sexually unfaithful wife of Julian (who is a wannabe London art gallery owner and who has been financially up-fronted by Sarah’s extremely wealthy and art devote daddy) after Julian discovers and photographs Sarah in an adulterous situation (typically carefully described by Follett), usually weekly joins Julian for dinner with daddy. Daddy has an extensive collection of master pieces including a recently discovered and long lost Modigliani which Julian’s actress friend and her boyfriend want to see. So Julian arranges for the actress and boyfriend to attend one of the weekly dinners. Follett has them all seated at the dinner table after viewing the collection but passingly notes that Sarah is not with them this evening. For the rest of the novel I looked for the significance of Sarah’s absence, to no avail. It wasn’t there; it seemed superfluous if intreging. Even so, this is still a well worked story with an inventive way, if a bit contorted but believable, of faking a painting’s provenance so that two idealistic young artists can seriously prank the art gallery greed that keeps artists from receiving just recommence for their work and get away with it by the skin of their teeth. Those who hunger and thirst for justice will love the ending.