Headless by K. D.
by K. D.
When workaday author John Barlow is asked to ghostwrite a novel about secretive tax havens, he assumes the job will be straightforward. Then he learns that his employers, Swedish conceptual artist duo Goldin+Senneby, want him to investigate Headless Ltd, a shadowy company with possible links to French philosopher Georges Bataille, famed for his fixation with human sacrifice. Barlow travels to Nassau, the mecca of offshore finance, to uncover the plot. He is not alone. A beautiful, mysterious woman is also seeking the truth about Headless – and about Barlow. One day the ghostwriter is happily posting to his travel blog; the next he is implicated in the decapitation of a police officer, consumed by the dark world of covert capitalism and secret societies. Barlow’s probing becomes desperate. The more he grasps at the threads of the labyrinthine plot, the closer he comes to madness.
X-TRA describes Headless as “an airport paperback in the spirit of The Da Vinci Code”; the Believer lauds the novel as “brilliant”; ARTnews calls it “an exercise in induced paranoia for its readers as much as its characters.” Art Review concludes that “the crime the reader is left to solve is not the decapitation of the artist but the murder of the artworld itself”. Entropy dubs it “a thoroughly 21st Century novel”
January 2015, English
10.67 x 17.78 cm, 348 pages, softcover