Art by Richard Godwin at Gloom Cupboard
I'd been playing around with the idea of writing an art-meets-crime story. Until I read this one.
Successful artist Bernie decides to go in a different direction and paint landscapes. His agent, a really delightful chap, calls his new work a piece of shit. Lucky for Bernie, he has a winning idea up his sleeve.
Gleefully sadistic and sharp, this is one of Godwin's finest. He's had a rather good year, with his new novel, Apostle Rising due out in March.
And he's got The Weekly Punch over at Beat to A Pulp with a brilliant, viscous tale titled Mercy Street.