Art dealer Hugh Rhattigan is heavily in debt to Douglas Virgo, a freelance fixer for some of the most powerful banks and corporations in London. With little hope of repaying the debt, Hugh is coerced into establishing a gallery as a front for illicit payments. Blue-chip banks and corporations can’t easily show bumper staff bonuses in the accounts any more, let alone bribes to politicians to stave off regulation, or payments for Bolivian coke-flake and all manner of other nocturnal pursuits, so why not book these outgoings as a piece of art? All they need is a gallery to provide the paperwork and an artist to manufacture the work. But the gallery is soon dragged into a turf war between rival criminal gangs, while a host of ever-richer, ever-greedier collectors set about making a killing of their own. Like a Breaking Bad in the art world, Lead White is gripping, irreverent and very, very funny. A page-turner from an exciting new talent.
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- "immensely enjoyable . . . has a lot of fun at the expense of a scene Lyons clearly knows inside out . . . . The writing is glitteringly smart, the characters well-drawn and the milieu completely convincing. . . . an excellent first novel, with the raffish air of Performance and more than a flavour of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series. . . . Earns its place on the shelves beside the big names." ––Declan Hughes, Irish Times
- “fast-paced . . . a tonic for anyone with an interest in the current art market” ––Adam Pearson, Irish Arts Review
- “a marvellously entertaining book about a world the author knows inside out” ––J. P. Donleavy, author of The Ginger Man
- “Lyons has the crime thriller down to a fine art.” ––The Times
- “secateurs-sharp and wickedly entertaining” ––Niall MacMonagle, Sunday Independent