A DISCERNING EYE
By Carol Orange
Portia Malatesta, an art dealer and a docent at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is devastated by the robbery of thirteen paintings. Vermeer’s Concert had been her artist brother’s favorite, and its loss intensifies her grief over his recent death. As the days drift by, and the police can’t find any leads, Portia analyzes the stolen art and discovers that the thief did not remove the most valuable work, but has instead chosen moody paintings.
Driven to share her insights, Portia meets Julian Henderson, an Oxford–educated maverick heading the FBI’s Art Crime Unit. The FBI searches their database to see if they can match her profile of the thief. Within 24 hours they confirm rumors about a Colombian suspect with a hidden room. The FBI hires Portia to join their team, and she travels with them to drug-riddled Medellin. Her role is to befriend the drug lord’s wife and gain entry into the villa.
A DISCERNING EYE
Carol Orange is the author of A DISCERNING EYE. Her work has been published in The Atherton Review, Indelible Ink, and SheKnows among others. She is a long-term member of the New York Society Library fiction-writing group headed by published author John Buchanan.
She has worked as an editor of art books in London and owned an art gallery in Boston. Her Etsy store features many of the artists she represented, as well as vintage posters she collected from all over the world.
Carol also spent two years in Paris, where she researched the life and times of George Sand and developed a series of Sand-Chopin salons with concert pianist Virginia Eskin. She recently moved to Chicago to be near her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, and is at work on her next novel about art theft.
Publications & Awards
Carol's fiction and first person nonfiction essays have been widely published in literary journals and blogs. Additionally she received commendation for her fiction from Warren Adler's Short Story contest in 2011.
Carol's publications and awards include:
Short story, "Close Call," in The Atherton Review
Short story, "Delicious Dates," Honorable Mention and publication in Warren Adler's Short Story Anthology, 2011
Personal essay, "Idealism Takes a Hit," in Indelible Ink
Personal essay, "How a Lost Tampon (Almost) Helped Me Find Love," in SheKnows
Conferences & Workshops
Carol has participated in several of the most competitive writing workshops globally. In 2019 she attended The Writer's Hotel Writing Conference in New York. She has also attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop, Catapult NYC Writing Workshop, and Grub Street Boston's, "The Muse and the Marketplace," Workshop. When she lived in Paris she attended the Paris Writers’ Workshop and studied with published novelist Thomas E. Kennedy.
Artwork, prints, and paintings represented on Etsy