Base Notes (Paperback)

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Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly dances along the fine line that separates mystery from horror as we share the thoughts, and what passes for the feelings, of Vic, an impoverished craft perfumer who finds a terrible but highly profitable alternate revenue stream. Despite my being a jaded, old reader there are times I find a book that gives a short, sharp shock to my brain and this is one of the sharpest. Like a cocktail tossed in your face by a beautiful creature, Base Notes is an icy, messy, visceral thrill.

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A lasting impression is worth killing for.

In New York City everybody needs a side hustle, and perfumer Vic Fowler has developed a delicate art that has proved to be very lucrative: creating bespoke scents that evoke immersive memories--memories that, for Vic's clients, are worth killing for. But the city is expensive, and these days even artisanal murder doesn't pay the bills. When Joseph Eisner, a former client with deep pockets, offers Vic an opportunity to expand the enterprise, the money is too good to turn down. But the job is too intricate--and too dangerous--to attempt alone.

Manipulating fellow struggling artists into acting as accomplices is easy. Like Vic, they too are on the verge of burnout and bankruptcy. But as relationships become more complicated, Vic's careful plans start to unravel. Hounded by guilt and a tenacious private investigator, Vic grows increasingly desperate to complete Eisner's commission. Is there anyone--friends, lovers, coconspirators--that Vic won't sacrifice for art?

Product Details
ISBN: 9781542030700
ISBN-10: 1542030706
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 396
Language: English