I really enjoyed this book! I thought the author was taking us in one direction and suddenly he's leading us to several different paths and possibilities. Very well written. Hopefully Mr. Briel has more in store for us.
Mar Donnelly, a suave college fundraiser scores the really big gift only to have his heiress donor turn up dead, and he himself becomes the chief suspect. In a twisted tale of intrigue, Detective Florio Pinter tries to prove that Donnelly did it while Mar schemes to prove his innocence. A tortuous trail connects the players at Hetherton College – Cam Tomlin, the fiction writer, Isabella Verdi, the strong willed art professor, Frank Timmons, the slippery college president and Hal Crouch, the wily college lawyer. Ultimately, Braided Shame is about art and life, lies and truth, loneliness and family, treachery and revenge, forgiveness and redemption.
The author is a nationally known portrait painter. In Braided Shame he paints with words on the page instead of pigment on canvas, bringing to the novel a wealth of experience from his career as a college fundraiser in the 1970’s and his long association with art and artists.
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THIS IS LOUIS BRIEL'S FIRST NOVEL.
He is also the author ofa memoir "Ducknapper" and is currently writing a romance thriller entitled"Sunset and Vine."
A Native Virginian, Louis Briel has achieved international recognition as an American portraitist. Schooled in the Classics, he refined his painting style while earning degrees from Hampden-Sydney College as first-honor graduate and Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. His art training includes a certificate from the American Academy in Rome and study in Boston with Ann Tabachnick and Morton Sacks.
The Smithsonian Institution In 1993 acquired Briel’s portrait of tennis great Arthur Ashe for the National Portrait Gallery. In 1995 the U. S. House of Representatives added his portrait of Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, to its Collection. Briel’s haunting portrait of Princess Diana accompanied Elton John on his 1997-98 World Tour and is now part of the singer’s personal collection. It is featured in the new book, “Diana in Art”, compiled by Mem Mehmet (Chaucer Press 2007). Most recently, Briel has worked with Carol Burnett on a posthumous portrait of her daughter Carrie Hamilton, which hangs in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse.