The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, author of the bestselling The Art Forger, is an enthralling and gripping historical suspense mystery thriller with life, art and politics of pre-World War II New York City serving as the backdrop, with the story shifting back and forth from the past to the present, and the author bringing to life historical characters from the past and imaginatively mingling them with an array of fictional characters. Written in a style only B.A. Shapiro can, with a subject close to her heart as the pivotal theme of the novel, what you have is a mix of factual and fictional events vying for centre-stage as the story unfolds.
The story begins in the
present-day with Danielle Abrams, who is the great-niece of Alizee
Benoit, trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of her great-aunt
over seventy years before. Her family has been clueless, and
disinterested, about the whole affair drawing her curiosity. The stoic
silence of Danielle’s Holocaust-surviving grandparents shrouded what
little might have been known until something happened, lifted the veil
and takes her further into the mystery.