Sacré Bleu

By Christopher Moore

It is the color of the Virgin Mary’s cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . .

Sacré Bleu!

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. “Or did he?” Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor’s house for help? Who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?

These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent’s friends–baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec–who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh’s untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris.

“Oh là là, quelle surprise,” and “zut alors!” A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history–with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure–“Sacré Bleu” is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.

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