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Jack Frazer is an award-winning New York journalist, but he's in a slump. And his wife is fed up with life in the big city. With his marriage in trouble, and his career stalled, Frazer is on the hunt for a big story that will turn things around. A friend suggests he investigate an art gallery where the deals seem too good to be true. At first, Frazer is reluctant – he isn' Jack Frazer is an award-winning New York journalist, but he's in a slump. And his wife is fed up with life in the big city. With his marriage in trouble, and his career stalled, Frazer is on the hunt for a big story that will turn things around. A friend suggests he investigate an art gallery where the deals seem too good to be true. At first, Frazer is reluctant – he isn't an art critic – then he meets the art dealer's wife and the story gets more interesting. Before long, Frazer is swept up in a dangerous web of intrigue and desire. A Russian mob boss using art as a means of laundering money. A Holocaust survivor obsessed with recovering the family art collection that was stolen by the Nazis. And Truman Slater, a young artist, who just wants to survive. Their stories are on the path to a tragic collision and Frazer wants to write about it. But can he survive long enough to tell the tale, and will his wife be waiting for him when it's over? The art dealer's wife holds the key.


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Jack Frazer is an award-winning New York journalist, but he's in a slump. And his wife is fed up with life in the big city. With his marriage in trouble, and his career stalled, Frazer is on the hunt for a big story that will turn things around. A friend suggests he investigate an art gallery where the deals seem too good to be true. At first, Frazer is reluctant – he isn' Jack Frazer is an award-winning New York journalist, but he's in a slump. And his wife is fed up with life in the big city. With his marriage in trouble, and his career stalled, Frazer is on the hunt for a big story that will turn things around. A friend suggests he investigate an art gallery where the deals seem too good to be true. At first, Frazer is reluctant – he isn't an art critic – then he meets the art dealer's wife and the story gets more interesting. Before long, Frazer is swept up in a dangerous web of intrigue and desire. A Russian mob boss using art as a means of laundering money. A Holocaust survivor obsessed with recovering the family art collection that was stolen by the Nazis. And Truman Slater, a young artist, who just wants to survive. Their stories are on the path to a tragic collision and Frazer wants to write about it. But can he survive long enough to tell the tale, and will his wife be waiting for him when it's over? The art dealer's wife holds the key.

30 review for The Art Dealer's Wife

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The plot felt average, but I really enjoyed how Hilley used long segments of dialogue to give the characters a reality.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Eckland

    Great book! Enjoyed it, beginning to end. Plot, setting, pace all great. Good characterization. Really liked the way the dialogue contributed to character development, which I suppose shouldn't be a surprise but it often is and Hilley delivered. Great book! Enjoyed it, beginning to end. Plot, setting, pace all great. Good characterization. Really liked the way the dialogue contributed to character development, which I suppose shouldn't be a surprise but it often is and Hilley delivered.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Berardi

    It took me forever to read this book because I was distracted by Christmas and mom stuff but such a great plot and story about the Russian mob laundering money through a NY art gallery.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alan Meyer

    Love this book. I think it's the best I've read from Joe Hilley. Plot, characterization are great. Dialogue is right on pitch. Very engaging read. Love this book. I think it's the best I've read from Joe Hilley. Plot, characterization are great. Dialogue is right on pitch. Very engaging read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steven Steven

    This book is more like Hilley's first novels - mystery/thriller/procedural - but from a different angle than before. The basic plot is about the Russian mob laundering money through an art gallery in New York, but the arc follows Jack, a journalist, as he struggles to find the next big story, stay alive long enough to write that story, while holding onto his relationship with his wife. Hilley's use of dialogue, the philosophical nature of the prose, his use of place as a character, all work toge This book is more like Hilley's first novels - mystery/thriller/procedural - but from a different angle than before. The basic plot is about the Russian mob laundering money through an art gallery in New York, but the arc follows Jack, a journalist, as he struggles to find the next big story, stay alive long enough to write that story, while holding onto his relationship with his wife. Hilley's use of dialogue, the philosophical nature of the prose, his use of place as a character, all work together to make this a really great read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Art Dealer's Wife is about career and families. Journalist Jack Frazer was in a slump, and his wife wants to leave him. Then a friend told him about a story that will kid start his career. At first, Jack Frazer did not want to do the story until he met The Art's Dealer's Wife. However, Jack Frazer did not realise there is more to the account that let Jack into danger. The Reader's of The Art Dealer's Wife will follow Jack to find out what happens. Frazer did not realise the story will put hi The Art Dealer's Wife is about career and families. Journalist Jack Frazer was in a slump, and his wife wants to leave him. Then a friend told him about a story that will kid start his career. At first, Jack Frazer did not want to do the story until he met The Art's Dealer's Wife. However, Jack Frazer did not realise there is more to the account that let Jack into danger. The Reader's of The Art Dealer's Wife will follow Jack to find out what happens. Frazer did not realise the story will put him in a dangerous position. The reader's of The Art Dealer's Wife will continue to follow Jack to find out what happens. The Art Dealer's Wife is the first book I have read of Joe Hilley. The Art Dealer's Wife was an enjoyable book to read. I was able to engage with the plot of this book. I love Joe Hilley's portrayal of his characters and how they interact with each other throughout this book. The Art Dealer's Wife was well written and researched by Joe Hilley. I like Joe Hilley's description of The Art Dealer's Wife's settings that complimented the book's plot. The reader's of The Art Dealer's Wife will understand the problems journalists can encounter during their journalistic careers. The reader's of The Art Dealer's Wife will also learn about Artworks that the Nazis stole during WW2. I recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Langston Miller

    Very entertaining. A plot taken right out of the headlines. Kept me turning the pages. Looking forward to Joe Hilley's next book. Very entertaining. A plot taken right out of the headlines. Kept me turning the pages. Looking forward to Joe Hilley's next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark Smith

    A great book. The plot was good. Characterization was accurate. Pace was excellent. But the thing that really makes this book work is the dialogue. It lets the characters unfold and come alive right in front of you as if you are sitting there with them talking to them yourself. I really like Hilley's way of doing this. Looking forward to his next book, and to reading his earlier work in the meantime. A great book. The plot was good. Characterization was accurate. Pace was excellent. But the thing that really makes this book work is the dialogue. It lets the characters unfold and come alive right in front of you as if you are sitting there with them talking to them yourself. I really like Hilley's way of doing this. Looking forward to his next book, and to reading his earlier work in the meantime.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Michaels

    I enjoyed this book. Great plot. Wonderful dialogue. The writer showed a good knowledge of the setting and it seemed well researched. It's a good book. I enjoyed this book. Great plot. Wonderful dialogue. The writer showed a good knowledge of the setting and it seemed well researched. It's a good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lynn

    A wonderful book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Intriguing plot. Engaging characters. Superb dialogue. Looking forward to Joe Hilley's next book. A wonderful book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Intriguing plot. Engaging characters. Superb dialogue. Looking forward to Joe Hilley's next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann Segal

    An interesting book. Russian mob laundering money through a NY art gallery. A reporter trying to break a big story and keep his marriage together. A Holocaust survivor searching for the final piece of the family's collection. Difficult to put the book down, actually. Pace was spot on. Nothing boring. Perfect-pitch dialogue. And the ending seemed to hint at a sequel, which I will watch for. Good read. An interesting book. Russian mob laundering money through a NY art gallery. A reporter trying to break a big story and keep his marriage together. A Holocaust survivor searching for the final piece of the family's collection. Difficult to put the book down, actually. Pace was spot on. Nothing boring. Perfect-pitch dialogue. And the ending seemed to hint at a sequel, which I will watch for. Good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jan Mackichan

    Wha???? So left hanging at the end. Done.

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

    bruce losty

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toby Martin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric Holman

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Novak

  18. 4 out of 5

    Franklyn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judy I Hollander

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joy Hilley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shanaya

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom Marsh

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe Hilley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stella Loretan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dunlavy Gray

  27. 4 out of 5

    James Stevenson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Beach

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice Lerner

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