The Forgery of Venus In The Forgery of Venus , Charles P. Wilmot Jr., a frustrated artist with two ex-wives and a mountain of bills, suddenly wakes in a… The Forgery of Venus In The Forgery of Venus , Charles P. Wilmot Jr., a frustrated artist with two ex-wives and a mountain of bills, suddenly wakes in a… 2008-04-01 Fiction Mystery and Thriller William Morrow
Book Review

The Forgery of Venus (2008)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2008; Writer: Michael Gruber; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: William Morrow

In The Forgery of Venus, Charles P. Wilmot Jr., a frustrated artist with two ex-wives and a mountain of bills, suddenly wakes in a fabulous-but-strange place with his problems mysteriously erased. Is someone playing a trick on him, or is the experimental creativity-enhancing drug he's been taking actually altering the waking world? Unfortunately, Chaz is such a self-obsessed blowhard you just don't care. Michael Gruber spends so much time dropping the names of painters and Italian techniques in a run of art-geek technobabble that he buries his terrific conceit — a drug that makes Chaz think he's reliving the life of Diego Veláuez. C+

Originally posted Mar 28, 2008 Published in issue #985 Apr 04, 2008 Order article reprints