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An Accidental Corpse Reading & Book Signing with Helen Harrison

Thursday, August 23 | 12 PM | FREE (books will be available for purchase)

“Accidents happen, but was this murder?”?


On the night of August 11, 1956, in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, a tragic car crash took the life of Jackson Pollock, the world-renowned abstract painter and notorious alcoholic. Also killed was Edith Metzger, a passenger in the car Pollock was driving when it plunged into the woods and overturned. At least that’s what the newspapers reported. But Metzger’s autopsy reveals that she was already dead before the crash. This shocking disclosure draws vacationing Detective Juanita Diaz of the NYPD and her husband, Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD, into a homicide investigation that implicates members of East Hampton’s art community, including Pollock himself.


Helen A. Harrison, a former New York Times art critic and National Public Radio art commentator, is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York and an authority on 20th century American art. Her previous books include Hamptons Bohemia (with Constance Ayers Denne), and monographs on Larry Rivers and Jackson Pollock. She lives with her husband, the painter Roy Nicholson, in Sag Harbor, New York.


An Accidental Corpse by Helen Harrison
Publication date: August 7, 2018
Category: General Fiction/Mystery & Thriller
Series: The CORPSE Trilogy
Paper $15.99, CAN $20.99
E-Book $9.99, CAN $12.99
Dunemere Books, New York, NY


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