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PUBLICATION DATE: June 26, 2008
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By (author) Barry Maitland
The most recent of these, six-year-old Tracey Rudd, is the daughter of the infamous contemporary artist Gabriel Rudd. Unbelievably, he begins almost immediately to exploit Tracey’s abduction as inspiration for a major and controversial new artwork, in the full glare of media attention. As Tracey’s grandparents step in to blame Gabriel for Tracey’s disappearance, Brock and Kolla conduct an intensive hunt for the missing children and their kidnappers, who appear to be connected to an eccentric and suspicious community of artists, dealers and collectors. Kolla tries to decipher the motives of this world where art and reputation might be more highly prized than life while Brock’s attention is diverted not only by a personal crisis but also by finding himself in the unwelcome spotlight of a police inquiry.
Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and raised in London. He studied at Cambridge and moved to Australia to become Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired to pursue his writing. Maitland’s The Marx Sisters was nominated for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and The Malcontenta won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. No Trace is his eighth Brock and Kolla mystery.