The Trilogy Of Remembrance

I enjoy Mary Martin’s books. I first encountered her when she released The Osgood Trilogy. Three books based in the world of lawyers and the legal system. The subject should not come as a surprise, indeed Mary Martin spent her career in the legal field.

The Trilogy Of Remembrance saw Mary head off in a new direction, the world of art and artists. Book one The The Drawing Lesson: The First in the Trilogy of RemembranceDrawing Lesson introduced us two the main protagonists, classic landscape painter and winner of the much coveted Turner Prize, Alexander Wainwright and his unlikely friend, or maybe enemy, conceptual artist Rinaldo.

The second book The Fate of Pryde, the second in the Trilogy of Remembrance.The Fate Of Pryde saw Alexander become involved with a strange benefactor Jonathon Pryde. It was a thought provoking book. Alexander was becoming a more complex character, in some ways he was becoming very real indeed.

This brings us to Night Crossing. This is without doubt the deepest and possibly the darkest of the three books. I say ‘darkest’ in a positive way. Alexander has always been a complex character, Mary Martin takes that complexity to new levels. Alexander has always faced his personal demons, some seem to be rooted in reality, such as Rinaldo, others just lurk in his mind.

Alexander is always locked in his work, art take precedent over all else. Visions have always played a part in his life, the creative mind never stops. This dream, if it was a dream, was not an idyllic landscape, but what Alexander could only refer to as a cosmic egg. An egg of such incredible beauty it had to be painted. By pure chance Alexander encounters a painting that is identical to his vision. How could this be? The painting is unsigned but there is a note on the back of the canvas.

To Henri Dumont—Parisian pianist and fine composer. May you step from the shadows and into the sunlight you so richly deserve!

Consumed, Alexander must find this Henri Dumont and then the artist himself. Thus starts an interesting story. Much of which I will not reveal, I will leave that up to the reader to discover. However I think it is reasonable to admit that the infamous Rinaldo does play a role in the early part of the book. Also, the title Night Crossing is well chosen. The night crossing to France by ferry is a very key component. Alexander Wainwright must make a decision that few men have faced. The choice between life and death of another human being. Who should live and who should die?

It is clear that Night Crossing is a complex book. Yes it could read as a standalone work and be enjoyable. I however recommend that the reader take the books in order, that way you will get to understand the characters involved.

I interviewed Mary Martin about Night Crossing, if you missed the live broadcast you can listen to the recording here.

I am not quite sure that the author has quite finished with Alexander and Rinaldo. I have a sneaking hunch that this trilogy might become trilogy plus one. But that is only a guess (one straight from the horses mouth, but shh, don’t tell anyone).

You can order your copy of Night Crossing by clicking the amazon link above. Mary also has a web site which you can find here.

Simon Barrett

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