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For the Minds and Wills of Men
Jeff Lanier, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Manhattan, 1953. Fear of communist subversion and espionage are tearing America apart. Abstract expressionism is on the verge of exploding, making New York the cultural epicenter of the world. While recovering a stolen Jackson Pollock for a wealthy client, art insurer Will Oxley falls for the client’s daughter, Liz Bower, who leads him deep into the rebellious and seductive world of the abstract expressionist painters, their Village bar haunts and East Hampton binges. But when Will learns the painting⁠—and Liz⁠—may be hiding communist secrets better left hidden, he finds himself torn between exposing the girl he loves or risking his life by trusting her instead. Realizing nothing is as it seems, Will is caught between communist espionage, secret government programs, and the grip of cold war fear, suspicion, and betrayal where trust is all he has left ….
Reviews
Ann Weisgarber, Author of The Promise and The Glovemaker

“Terrific! … Sweeps readers into 1950s New York avant-garde art world  … Lanier’s For the Minds and Wills of Men is of the highest order.”

– Ann Weisgarber, The Promise 

 

Jeff Lanier’s terrific For the Minds and Wills of Men sweeps readers into 1950s New York City where abstract art is thought to contain messages to help enemies destroy America. Lanier skillfully and effortlessly captures the era but his outstanding talents are his vivid descriptions of paintings and his keen understanding of the avant-garde art world. A fresh voice and exciting storyteller, Lanier’s “who-stole-it” mystery is of the highest order. 

–  Ann Weisgarber, The Glovemaker

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