Painting by Numbers

By Tom Gillespie

Thriller, Magical realism, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


A dark, surreal thriller that follows one man's relentless pursuit into an old truth buried deep within. Day after day, Jacob Boyce — faltering academic and failing husband — visits a 17th century allegorical painting which hangs in a Glasgow art gallery. By using a series of measurements and calculations, he attempts to create a mathematical theory that will decipher the code locked into its canvas. As more of the painting's hidden secrets are revealed, and he meets a mysterious young woman, Jacob's life spirals into chaos. The object of his obsession has begun to move.




Tom Gillespie writes long and short fiction. A number of his stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and e-zines including the bestselling horror anthology 'Fear' published by Crooked Cat, and www.eastoftheweb.com He is also a regular contributor to fridayflash.org. His story 'My Beloved Edith' was made into a short film (Knots and Crosses) by Indian film maker P. Anoop Tom’s writing has been described as terse, minimalist, hyper- realistic and ambiguous, where layers of meaning are conveyed using a concise and economical style. He is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories. His critically acclaimed, debut novel Painting by Numbers, a dark,psychological drama that explores the surreal complexities of the human mind, has been selected as FINALIST for The People’s Book Prize.


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Tom Gillespie writes long and short fiction. A number of his stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and e-zines including the bestselling horror anthology 'Fear' published by Crooked Cat, and www.eastoftheweb.com He is also a regular contributor to fridayflash.org. His story 'My Beloved Edith' was made into a short film (Knots and Crosses) by Indian film maker P. Anoop Tom’s writing ha...


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