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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 @ 09:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

The novel The French Art of Revenge takes place over the course of three snowy winter days in Paris. It doesn’t snow much in the City of Light, but when it does, it’s magical!

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Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 11:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

Nice chapeau! Part of the Yves Saint Laurent collection, Paris, Fall 2014. Hats have always been integral to Saint Laurent’s designs.

Séverine, one of the main characters in The French Art of Revenge, is a couture hat designer, whose relationship with Yves Saint Laurent becomes a key factor in solving the mystery of a priceless painting stolen from the Grand Palais in Paris.

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 08:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

Yves Saint Laurent (left) with his lover and business partner Pierre Berge in their rue de Babylone apartment, surrounded by a small fraction of the priceless art they collected in their lives together. A fictionalized Pierre Berge is one of the most important characters in the art heist thriller The French Art of Revenge. Photo courtesy of Christie’s auction house.

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 08:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

The Grand Palais in Paris, site of the auction of Yves Saint Laurent’s private art collection, featured in The French Art of Revenge. The real auction raised more than $500M for charity. Read more about it here.

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 06:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

The Despair of Pierrot by James Ensor. This Expressionist masterpiece once owned by Yves Saint Laurent fetched more than $2.5M at auction. It’s the painting that’s stolen from the Grand Palais in the novel The French Art of Revenge, leading to a police dragnet, secret romantic intrigues and a mad chase across Paris.

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 05:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

carangi:

Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge

These two fashion icons play a pivotal role in The French Art of Revenge. When Yves Saint Laurent passed away, his longtime lover and business partner Pierre Berge auctioned off their $500M private art collection for charity. Among the masterpieces was James Ensor’s painting The Death of Pierrot. In the novel, this painting mysteriously disappears from the Grand Palais exhibition hall, and all the clues point toward one possible thief, the novel’s main character, Luke!

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 05:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

In Paris, it’s mostly about the hat… and the attitude. From Gamine de Paris.

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 08:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

“The Marais is a metropolitan muck and muddle, dirty, rich and teeming with life. The streets are narrow, the buildings are high and grimy. Kings and counts built palaces here; the palaces still stand, but they’ve been divided into haute couture boutiques that fight for space with tobacco shops and chocolatiers. Here, you’ll see fashion models elbowing street hustlers for space on the tiny slivers of sidewalks as they rush to the same centuries-old but newly trendy café.”—Mark Zero

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 08:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

The Marais: delicious chocolate from artisan shops that have been open continuously for hundreds of years!

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero

Sunday, November 2, 2014 @ 07:11 PM  posted by sysadmin

In Paris, our lives are one masked ball. —Gaston Leroux

The French Art of Revenge by Mark Zero