Dying Art

Joe Kilgore

Brig Ellis is a private investigator hired to protect an artist who paints using cremated human remains. Many people less than thrilled by his art and some are determined to stop him one way or another. While Ellis tries to keep the artist safe, he wrestles with his own moral beliefs surrounding this fascinating but questionable form of Dying Art.
Date Published :
April 2021
Publisher :
Histria Books
Illustration :
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781592110919
Pages : 260
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Brig Ellis is a new age private investigator with old school values. When he gets a call from an old flame seeking protection for her husband, he agrees to help. Seems the hubby is an artist whose star is ascending. What Brig doesn’t know, until he makes contact with the couple, is that the artist paints with the cremated ashes of human remains. While the painter’s profile is rising, so too is the number of people less than thrilled with what he is doing—and some of them are determined to stop him one way or another.

Ellis soon finds himself in the middle of multiple bizarre events that could be chalked up as accidental mayhem. Of course, they could also be escalating murder attempts. From wild art house happenings in the warehouse district to glittering soirees in the manicured mansions of the upper crust, things get more and more dangerous. A tornado in far west Texas threatens to level everything and everyone in its path. A sojourn to Havana, Cuba turns deadly. An art show in Chicago becomes a nightmare when a Molotov cocktail sets a gallery ablaze. The violence keeps increasing exponentially, as do the suspects. There are jealous artists, shady gallery owners, reporters with hidden agendas, outraged Christian ministers, even Jewish groups who become incensed when they find that one of the artist’s paintings includes the ashes of a Holocaust survivor.

Ellis struggles to keep the detractors at a distance, the artist safe, and the old flame from igniting a new spark while he looks for a potential killer and wrestles with his own convictions about the moral conundrums surrounding this fascinating but questionable form of DYING ART.

About The Author

Joe Kilgore has won awards for his novels, novellas, screenplays, and short stories. Prior to writing for page and screen, Joe had a long and successful career in advertising where his television and radio commercials, plus magazine and newspaper ads, won local, regional, and international awards for some of the world’s largest corporations.


"Dying Art, by Joe Kilgore is one of those books that just stands out in the crowd. A murder mystery in the Brig Ellis Saga series, this book is written with so much color and vivid allegorical content, that the best way to describe it would be to take a painter's palette and simply throw it against a blank canvas - the resulting animated splash of colors would come close to describing the excellence of his writing style. I was holding onto each word, not wanting to miss one stroke of this writer's brush, in this bizarre story about, ironically, an artist who paints using the ashes of dead people. Brigg, ex-military and now a Private Investigator, is contacted by an old flame, asking him to provide private security for her husband, and artist, who, while a rising star, is becoming progressively vulnerable because of his unconventional art style. Brigg agrees, and the story that ensues, brilliantly written, has the most unexpected twists and turns, vividly detailed, leaving the reader panting in some scenes. Highly recommended."

- Writers Inspiring Change

“Perhaps the element that hooks the reader the most is the numerous characters that could be the perpetrator—from competing artists and journalists to pastors and art titans. Whether it is a bull nearly goring Tilton, him being seconds away from becoming roadkill at the hands of a rogue SUV, or a fire that erupts into mayhem, the rising artist and his painting style are always front and center.” 

- The US Review

“Artwork turns macabre in more ways than one in Dying Art, Joe Kilgore’s latest in the Brig Ellis Saga.” 

- Hollywood Book Reviews

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