An Accidental Corpse (Paperback)

By Helen A. Harrison

Dunemere Books, 9781947936058, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2018

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Accidents happen. But was this murder? On the night of August 11, 1956, in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, Jackson Pollock crashed his car into a tree, killing himself. Pollock, the world-renowned abstract painter and notorious alcoholic, also killed his 24-year old passenger Edith Metzger in the crash…or did he? Metzger’s autopsy reveals that she was already dead before the crash. Murdered? Perhaps. This shocking disclosure draws vacationing Detective Juanita Diaz and her husband, Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD, into a homicide investigation that implicates famous members of East Hampton’s art community, including Pollock himself.

About the Author

Helen A. Harrison is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and an authority on 20th century American art. She is the author of Hamptons Bohemia and Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollack. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

Praise For An Accidental Corpse

"Smart, witty, filled with so much history of the period, beautifully written, and suspenseful."  —Jonathan Santlofer, author, The Death Artist, writing about the forthcoming An Exquisite Corpse

"Breezy prose . . . as simple and pleasurable as a stroll down a Bridgehampton lane."  —Publishers Weekly on Hamptons Bohemia

"The real world of art intrigue meets the world of murder in a combination that’s anything but accidental." —Ilana Lucas,

"...only [Helen Harrison] could so effectively braid together the history of Jackson Pollock’s life and love affairs with the haunting intoxication of a Hamptons-area murder mystery." —Stephanie Osmanski,

"An Accidental Corpse was featured as a book of the day, going out to 12K+ subscribers of their newsletter. The book garnered over 1,000 entries for it in the contest (5 winners)." —Summer reading giveaway Contest,

"Cover image and write-up of book included in founder's weekly e-newsletter, plus mention of the upcoming contest. Newsletter lives on online on their site, The Weekly newsletter has 26,400+ subscribers, a 21% average open rate, and a 25% click-through rate." —The Book Reporter

"An entertaining whodunit...Harrison uses a good reporter's eye to create a colorful portrait of the 1950s art scene in the Hamptons." —Milt Esterow, Editor & Publisher of ARTNews