Book: Blood Brothers by Jody Zimmerman
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Jody Zimmermanabout this book: Blood Brothers is a psychological thriller of epic length, 330,000 words, exploring some of the darker facets of human nature including childhood sexual abuse, pedophilia, incest, murder, greed, deceit, and betrayal.
This book is not for the faint of heart, but it offers incredible character development and a complicated mystery.
The book takes place in the international art world in New York City. Two things inspired me to write the book: the phenomenon whereby fine art elicits my emotions and the process of resolving horrible happenings from your past. It took me over ten years to write Blood Brothers. A synopsis of the book is given below.
Philip Hampton's life is forever changed as he faces the tragic death by drug overdose of his younger brother, Billy, a famous fashion model and internationally known painter. Billy's final oil painting, a masterpiece entitled Blood Brothers, resurrects a watershed of long suppressed memories of sexual abuse within Philip, causing him to relive the bizarre, abusive, sexual rituals perpetrated on him and his brother during their prepubescent years by, Adrian McWhorter, the mentor and artistic agent of their mother, a well known painter who also died of a drug overdose in 1986.
Philip invites his estranged father and his father's second wife and their three children as well as his long time friend and college-era lover, Luscious Richardson, to stay with him at Billy's luxurious co-op in New York as they plan the elaborate wake Billy wanted to take place within a week of his death. Engulfed in the grief of losing his brother, Philip is pushed to the limits of emotional and mental stability as he rehashes the dark side of his relationship with his brother, tries to reestablish a relationship with his father, and embarks on a quest to determine the exact details of Billy's death after it becomes apparent that Billy has been murdered.
Philip and Luscious, along with Billy's art agent, Julianna Morgan, retain a gay, ex-Navy Seal turned private investigator, Jonas Grey, and Grey's computer whiz, code cracking life-partner, Mabry Whittaker, to assist in their investigation into Billy's death, concurrently to the NYPD's investigation. The team uncovers the horrific magnitude of crimes masterminded by the genius, psychopath, pedophile, and serial killer, Adrian McWhorter, who had become a major al-Qaeda operative who was seeking the half a billion dollars worth of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990—the largest art heist in history which included a Vermeer and three Rembrandts. Philip's team is forced into this frantic treasure hunt when al-Qaeda kidnaps Philip's ten-year old half-brother, Andrew and demands the Gardner Museum stolen artwork as ransom.
As Philip and his expert team rush to find the treasure and save Andrew, Philip faces an internal struggle to accept, understand, and somehow reconcile the enormity of evil impacted on him and his family by McWhorter. Philip searches for some inner-faith—conventional, western religion offers him no comfort, guidance, or solace. His emergence as a man able to forgive the evildoer and able to forgive himself for his own dark side is the pivotal change in his life.
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