Moon over Tangier
In colonial Morocco, a painter navigates a conspiracy of forgery, corruption, and murder
For Francis, life with David grows more dangerous by the day. When sober, he is charming, but when he drinks, he is violent, slashing Francis’s paintings and threatening to gut the painter, too. When David leaves London for Morocco, Francis cannot help but follow this man whom he loves but can no longer trust. In Tangier, they find a thriving community of expats who guzzle champagne while revolutionaries gather in the desert. But in Morocco’s International Zone, death does not wait for rebellion.
After Francis identifies a friend’s Picasso as a fake, the police call him in to investigate the forger’s demise. If he refuses, they will throw David in jail, where inmates and the DTs will kill him within the week. Between the bustle of the city and the emptiness of the desert, Francis finds that in Morocco, even the fakes can be worth killing for.
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“The pacing is good, the bad guys—and gals—are bad, and the integration of art and painting provides a solid framework on which to hang the story.” —Historical Novel Society
“A writer who mixes venerated clue-chasing techniques with . . . political dynamite.” —Hartford Courant
“Law draws a sympathetic, even tender study of a self-centered but essentially decent soul in the kind of torment that isn’t the least poetic.” —The New York Times on The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed
“Law powerfully evokes . . . uneasiness and rising tension, all in a narrative style sometimes verging on the poetic but always suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Night Bus
About the author
Janice Law is an acclaimed author of mystery fiction and a painter, whose first novel, The Big Payoff (1977), was nominated for an Edgar Award. The Prisoner of the Riviera (2013) is her most recent novel. She lives and writes in Connecticut.