Paris, 1955

France is locked in a

perpetual state of crisis.

Ten governments in ten years have fallen.

The economy is a shambles.

The colonies are in

revolt.

Yet Paris is still the fading international capital of...

Glamour...

Fashion...

Creative inspiration...

Political refuge.

And the nation also finds itself with an unexpected new resource...

It's legacy of Impressionism...

The painting of the recent French past which has suddenly exploded in popularity...

To become the most coveted genre of art

and greatest museum draw in history.

A phenomenon largely fueled by the superstar

ascendancy of a tragic Dutch exile whose art and myth have seized the imagination of the world...

 

Vincent van Gogh.

 

But at the very peak of this midcentury artistic miracle that is so vital to France's self-image and financial future, a threat to it appears... 

 

The possibility of a long-lost Van Gogh letter so devastating in its revelations that it could forever destroy the artist's vaulting myth. 

 

As the specter of this explosive document sets in motion a scramble to acquire it, the melee of vying characters will, by a twist of fate, include a later-era soul-mate of Vincent...

Another solitary and unhappy exile in France...

 

Blacklisted American screenwriter Wally Boyd. 

Over twenty-one days

in April, this unlikely

detective...

 

Buoyed by the possibility

of personal redemption...

 

And aided by his

friendship with

the czar of the

Parisian

underworld...

 

Will journey into

the Van Gogh

past, until...

 

His probing of the artist’s suicide... 

A network of clues in the canvases...

A living witness to             the Van Gogh deathwatch...

And a series of tantalizing

fragments from the missing

letter itself...

Convince him that the world’s most iconic artist was the victim of an unthinkable crime.

A crime with enormous implications for the future

of  Europe...

 

Ruthlessly covered-up for sixty-five years.

And his obsession to solve this crime will take him to...

The darkest corners of the City of Light...

 

The budding Algerian Rebellion...

 

 The defiant Egypt of Gamal Abdul Nasser...

And the bed of a beautiful heroine of the Resistance

who is the most admired woman in postwar France.

Placing him at odds with a desperate plot by French traditionalists to save their crumbling overseas empire...

And a disastrous American scheme to fight Communism

in the Arab World by supporting Islamic fundamentalism...

All culminating in a violent climax in the glitz of the Eighth Cannes Film Festival.

Challenging Wally Boyd to abandon 

his former loyalties...

 

Save France from cataclysm...

 

And find his own truth in the labyrinthine enigma that is Vincent van Gogh.

A political thriller.

 

An epic murder mystery.

 

A mindboggling historical exposé.