Peter Heller has a simply gorgeous writing style. Factoring in his keen instinct for plot, ambitious subjects, compelling characters and expansive settings, he’s definitely on my Top 10 list! The Painter’s swift current carries the reader through countless beautiful passages exemplifying the transcendent nature of art. It’s another good reason to get on the Heller bandwagon.
— Sara, Atlanta
Years ago, a well-known expressionist painter named Jim Stegner shot a man in a bar. The man lived, Jim served his time, and he has learned to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Jim enjoys a quiet life in the valleys of Colorado. He works with a lovely model, he doesn't drink, he goes fly fishing in the evenings. His paintings fetch excellent prices at a posh gallery in Santa Fe. He is -- if he can admit it -- almost happy.