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Cold Eye [Hardcover]

Giles Blunt
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A grotesque stranger helps a down-and-out Manhattan artist win fame and fortune in this vivid, harrowing interpretation of the Faust legend. Nicholas Hood likes to paint imaginary murder scenes. His paintings fail to inspire, a browsing detective tells him, because Hood has obviously never witnessed a real murder. Enter Andre Bellisle, an exquisitely accoutred, pockmarked dwarf who helpfully directs Hood to places where deaths occur. As Bellisle predicts, Hood's paintings of these deaths take New York by storm. Of course there's a price to be paid for Bellisle's information--but not the traditional one. To learn what that is, the reader is swept along on a superbly rendered descent into modern-day hell. Blunt is a TV writer whose literary debut is sensational. Paperback rights to Avon.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nicholas Hood, a desperate and angry man, is a failed painter of imaginary murders, unable to make a living. On the point of suicide, he meets Bellisle, a dwarfish, hideous man with a compelling voice who is willing to provide success for an unknown price.

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read July 25 2014
By Bruce
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a first book, the promise of what the future could bring was evident. The story read like the Twilight Zone Gremlin on the airplane wing viewed; it left you wondering....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay Aug. 25 2002
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read the author's recent Forty Words for Sorrow, I was curious to read his first novel. Published in 1989, Blunt has come a very long way in the intervening years. Cold Eye is a cold book on a Faustian theme: an artist, in essence, makes a deal with the devil -- in this case a hideous dwarf -- in return for success.
Nicholas Hood's chosen theme for his paintings is violent death. While his work is much admired for its technical skill, it lacks heart/insight/passion. So, in fact, does the artist who is married to an impossibly sweet and lovely musician (harpsichord). Everyone in the book is far too tolerant of this unpleasant man who becomes ever more unpleasant exponentially once he's made his "deal with the devil."
The writing is fine; the subject matter is merely unpleasant and not particularly revealing. Although the one truly inspired aspect is that as Hood becomes exposed to more and more violent murders, courtesy of Bellisle (the "devil" of this tale), Bellisle becomes, to Hood's eyes, more and more handsome. This is a very well conceived corollary: that the more attractive something becomes to a person, the more attractive becomes the purveyor or facilitator of that particular something.
Otherwise, while all the secondary characters are well-drawn and sympathetic and, no doubt, the author intended us to dislike Nicholas Hood, unfortunately he's so dislikable that it makes for difficult reading. This makes Blunt's progress as a writer notable, because Forty Words for Sorrow is one of the best books I've read in a long while. Cold Eye is worth reading for its value in tracking the growth of the writer. And I expect some horror fans might find it very entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why Was This Trite And Unremarkable Book Published? Nov. 5 2008
By Joseph L. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a bad read; the plot is an old one and the author did not do it justice. I found it boring which, for a horror story, is unforgiveable. I have read two other books by this author that I liked a lot but this one was amateurish. It simply does not hold the readers interest and there is no one to root for or- for that matter - to identify with. It's odd that the authors other books could be so good and this one so bad.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book- July 1 2013
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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Its not your typical detective mystery! not like his later detective type stories (which are very good). Good analysis of what makes good art!
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