By Stephen Gray
Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2000.
Margaret Thatcher Gandarrwuy is an across the world well known Aboriginal artist from the distant venture gap neighborhood within the Northern Territory. Her works command excessive costs - until eventually a brand new portray is unveiled. it really is came upon slashed, with the phrases rapidly scrawled throughout it, 'The artist is a thief'. Is the artist a thief? Is she accountable, or is she the sufferer of someone else's fraud?
This is a philosophical detective novel with a distinction, set in a global the place everybody however the 'detective' understands the foundations. Jean-Loup Wild, a Melbourne monetary advisor despatched via ATSIC to venture gap, is stuck among the paintings international, with its wealth, models, heroes and complex deepest language, and the Aboriginal neighborhood with its poverty, social difficulties, kinship ties and unchanging conventional legislations. If Jean-Loup can locate the artist he can start to locate the key of what has been occurring at project gap. He can start, additionally, to appreciate how the layers of that secret lie deep within the bedrock of Australian society.