New York, November 1999, and the Fall Fine-Art Season is under way. The art market is recovering and getting hotter by the day. Christie’s sell an important Picasso for forty-six million dollars. The next day, Sotheby’s sell another for over fifty million. At last, the ten-year slump is over.
Art dealer, Adam Kennedy, and his mentor, Bishop Phil Connor are on the brink of a lifetime’s opportunity. They have brokered the exclusive rights to the private sale of three celebrated Picassos—and they have a potential buyer, assuring them a multi-million-dollar commission.
But when Sarah Hastings returns to New York for a surprise visit to her artist father, she is confronted, in his warehouse loft studio, by a grotesque horror that not only unaccountably jeopardizes the sale of the Picassos, but triggers the exposure of corrupt malpractice within the Church.
Adam is stunned. Everything is now at risk. Even his blossoming relationship with Sarah is being threatened from all sides. Then the nightmare worsens when he finds himself implicated in murder, immersed in mortal danger, and convulsed by vengeance and sexual deceit.