Nimrod's Shadow | Granta

  • Published: 07/04/2011
  • ISBN: 9781846272349
  • 129x20mm
  • 352 pages

Nimrod’s Shadow

Chris Paling

Reilly is an impoverished painter who lives alone in a shabby garret, with only his unsold canvases and his faithful dog Nimrod for company. He seems destined to remain in artistic obscurity until the most influential art critic of the time begins to notice his talent. But no sooner has he found a patron than the critic is found drowned in a local canal and the trail leads directly back to Reilly. From Reilly’s prison cell in Edwardian London to an exclusive gallery in contemporary Soho, the clues that lead to the real murderer lie carefully hidden, until the day when Samantha, a young office assistant, finds herself drawn to one of Reilly’s pictures and decides to embark on her own investigation … Steeped in atmosphere and laced with intrigue, Nimrod’s Shadow is a gripping tale of genius, jealousy and revenge – with a few twists and turns along the way.

Tightly wound, often nail-biting ... the narrative shuffles a dizzying variety of moods before coming to a masterfully unexpected climax and conclusion. Bravura stuff

Liz Jensen, Guardian

A comic study in human resilience, Chris Paling's satisfying yarn ... is a novel of ideas that considers both the way that an artist's creations can reach down through the years and the role that the viewer plays in interpreting any work of art

Adrian Turpin, Financial Times

Nimrod's Shadow reads like a good thriller that leaps across time periods as the investigations into the crime, then and now, gain pace ... A quirky, but considered, delight

Time Out

The Author

Chris Paling is the author of eight previous novels including Deserters, The Silent Sentry and The Repentant Morning (all published by Cape/Vintage) and most recently Minding (Portobello 2007). He lives in Brighton and is the producer for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Midweek’.

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