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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 15, 2008 / 10 Iyar 5768

Jesse Kellerman paints art world tale in brilliant strokes in ‘The Genius’

By Oline H. Cogdill

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Jesse Kellerman's niche in the mystery genre has become the anti-hero who, improbably and against all odds, not only is worth rooting for but also becomes downright sympathetic.


In the brilliant "The Genius," the hero is Ethan Muller, a self-described narcissist whose world revolves around his upscale Chelsea art gallery, avoiding contact with his wealthy mogul father and evading any meaningful relationship.


Art is his work, but his passion is not what's on the canvas but the price tag and the power it brings. Art dealers "are creators, too — only we create markets, and our medium is the artists themselves. ... A piece of art becomes a piece of art — and an artist becomes an artist - when I make you take out your checkbook."


But Ethan's views on art and the artists are turned upside down when he takes possession of hundreds of boxes of intense drawings by a recluse named Victor Cracke, who has disappeared from his seedy Queens apartment. For the first time, Ethan who has always lacked a "purity of purpose," sees art that "lived."


Victor's neighbors remember him, but each has a different recollection, and no one knows where he went or when. The art show is a success. Ethan claims the sales are more than about cash. It's "... not for the money so much as for the legitimacy; by convincing other people to literally invest in my vision of genius."



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Interest in the art show is helped a bit by a rumor that Victor could be a killer. He may well have been. The next day, Ethan receives a call from a former cop who claims that the boys depicted in the most prominent drawings were killed more than 40 years before.


Retired cop Lee McGrath, who is dying, pulls Ethan into his decades-old case, turning the art dealer into an amateur detective. The two try to find Victor and learn his connection with a killer who preyed on boys decades ago.


Kellerman shows his strength at creating the unconventional character who is thrown into an equally unconventional plot. Kellerman gracefully explores Ethan's persona, permitting his character to change and grow but wisely not allowing the art dealer's maturation to become maudlin. Ethan is a jerk, no question about it, but one the reader will care about.


Ethan has more than a few father issues and finds an ironic substitute parent in Lee, who was so consumed by his job as a detective that he wasn't an attentive dad to his two daughters when they were children.


While a very modern story propels "Genius," Kellerman's view of Ethan's ancestors and their rise from poor Jewish immigrant in 1847 to wealthy entrepreneurs is richly — and ironically — detailed.


A peek behind the scenes of the art world and its egos adds texture to "Genius."


Kellerman is the son of crime writers Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, each of whom have separate, successful series, a fact that gets lower and lower in each review.


From his first novel, "Sunstroke" (2006), the younger Kellerman set his own path. Jesse Kellerman's three stand-alone novels have been different; the only template he has followed has been quality novels expertly executed.


"Genius" fits well into Kellerman's standards.

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