And David understood.
In fact, he was pleased. That’s the happy lot of a novelist, because these other men are entirely fictitious. (It’s rather like having imaginary friends in childhood.)
My main “man” for The Osgoode Trilogy (comprised of Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One), was fictional Toronto lawyer Harry Jenkins. He grew from a person frustrated under the thumb of his senior law partner and trapped in a dead marriage into a man with confidence and compassion. In life, you really can’t change people very easily. But as a novelist, you certainly can!
The Osgoode Trilogy—I suppose you can call the genre “legal suspense”—was inspired by my more than 30 years of law practice. Harry, a decent, reasonable and sensitive man, could not serve in my new trilogy—The Trilogy of Remembrance.
I needed a new man.
After all, the next trilogy was set in the world of art, not law. In walked Alexander Wainwright. It took a long time to get acquainted with this man. He is an artist, not a lawyer. Naturally. Art has always been my private passion.
So what’s the new novel all about? Passion, fear and revenge erupting in two artists’ lives—Alexander Wainwright, who has lost his inspiration, and his nemesis, Rinaldo, who is bent on destruction. From London, Venice, Toronto and New York, Alexander searches for his muse and finds an astonishing revelation.
At the root of this story is a momentous clash between two very different artists. Their visions of art are at war. Their fundamental perceptions of life spark discord at every imaginable—and even unthinkable—level.
Alexander, Britain’s finest landscape artist, wins the coveted Turner Prize for contemporary art. A magical, numinous light suffuses his painting, The Hay Wagon, and gives the viewer a glimpse of the beyond.