I have been beavering away trying to win the war over my struggle with technology to get my novel, Death of a Friend, up on Amazon.

For a newcomer everything takes longer, however I’m getting there.

One of the things to do is write a blurb for the back cover. It sounds simple but it really is a complex thing, a throw of the dice carrying a lot of hope. Hundreds of pages of a novel have to be condensed to no more than 200 words and in that time you have to give the story setting and subject, introduce the main characters, make clear the genre and generally entice a reader.

The hope is that when browsers read those few words, they will mutter, “Hey, I must get this and read it.” Then they do!  And they enjoy it! That’s what brings joy to an author’s heart.

My editor offered to look at my blurb. She said the major publishing houses all prefer the editor to write the blurb.

That made a great deal of sense to me so I willingly grabbed her offer.

Here is my effort, which you saw on the last post:

A Sydney house fire … remnants of paintings and a cryptic ledger… These are the elements which bring two friends, Karl and Richard, together with Detective Inspector Fiona Collins. What begins as routine, alters when burnt fragments of paintings are found to be genuine works by Caravaggio and Mondrian – when the loud mouthed Harold Doig drives for money from Dr Crane’s Molecular Biology Research laboratory – when the underworlds of Australia and Europe emerge – when Richard is killed and Karl, is saved from the brink of death by the unhappiest of men. A thrilling tale of fraud, swindle, murder and deep friendship.

And here is Nicola’s blurb:

I gripped the simple wooden casket that an hour before we had carried in – the casket containing my dear friend Richard Catlin. And a voice said coldly in my head, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself, Karl Landry? Aren’t you so ashamed of what you’ve done?”

When forensic accountant Karl Landry is asked to investigate a suspicious insurance claim, he has no idea that he’s about to become embroiled in an international art fraud. Karl discovers burnt fragments of paintings that turn out to be genuine works by Caravaggio and Mondrian. What were these stolen masterpieces doing in a run-down Sydney suburban house? And who is responsible for smuggling them into Australia?

These are questions Detective Inspector Fiona Collins also wants answers to; and Karl is horrified when she seems to suspect his best friend, successful lawyer Richard Catlin, of being involved.

As Richard draws Karl deeper into their own investigation, refusing to report their discoveries to DI Collins, Karl himself starts to question his friend’s integrity. But when the moment of betrayal comes, it is Karl who is pushed to the brink of despair. Will he ever forgive himself for doubting his friend and leaving him to die?

Death of a Friend is a thrilling tale of art fraud, corruption, murder and betrayal.

Let’s know if you have any thoughts on blurbs!

Best of all wishes,

Desmond

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