Rare Traits

List Price: $17.30

Add to Cart
About the author:
David Clarke spent his working career as a forensic scientist, initially in England and then for twenty-eight years in Hong Kong. Retiring to Tuscany, he embarked on a course of study and work experience in art restoration, after which, he took up full-time novel writing. He has now self-published four novels: the Rare Traits Trilogy (Rare Traits, Delusional Traits and Murderous Traits) and Irrefutable Evidence - a thriller about a female serial killer who frames men for her crimes. David's fifth novel, Unfinished Business, a sequel to Irrefutable Evidence, will be self-published in early 2017.

In writing these tales, David has drawn on his extensive forensic science background, the fascinating world of Renaissance art and art restoration and his travels to many parts of the globe.

David and his wife, the children's book author and illustrator Gail Clarke, now share their time largely between England and Tuscany.

For more, see David's author website and blog at www.davidgeorgeclarke.com and his Facebook page at David George Clarke - Author

Rare Traits

Authored by David George Clarke




John Andrews is an extraordinary man. Not only is he an artist as gifted as any of the old masters, but at almost 600 years old, he is still as youthful as he was back in the 1460s.

Born Luca di Stefano in early Renaissance Tuscany, he is apprenticed to the great fresco painter, Piero della Francesca. He has perfect health, which he assumes is good luck, but as the years pass, he realises that there is something else very different about him: he is not ageing.

At sixty, his youthful looks become a threat to his life when a fanatical and over-zealous Church wants him burnt at the stake as a servant of the Devil. Fleeing to Naples, he adopts a new identity and starts a new life, the first of many artistic personas through the centuries.

Fast forward to 2009 when John's DNA is profiled. Once its full significance becomes clear, it is not only geneticists who are interested: there are others desperate for the secret of John's longevity and they will stop at nothing to get it.

Set throughout the world during the past six centuries, Rare Traits is a fast-moving thriller that interweaves art history, forensic science and DNA profiling with John Andrews' lives as various artists. It traces his lovers, his families and his friends, and above all it traces the challenges he faces in order to survive. For no matter how long he lives, one thing is certain: John can never stop looking over his shoulder.

Publication Date:
1478245379 / 9781478245377
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Thrillers / Historical

Site Help Order Help Policies Contact