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ECW Press Spring 2021 Trade

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    For sale with exclusive rights in: CA US MX
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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Mar 16, 2021 On Sale Date: Apr 06, 2021 Carton Quantity: 48 $21.95 CAD
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A Helena Marsh Novel
By (author): Anna Porter
Anna Porter


ECW Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Apr 06, 2021
$21.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.63 in | 0.77 lb

Page Count:

280 pages
ECW Press
FICTION / Thrillers / Political
Crime and mystery: women sleuths|Thriller / suspense fiction|Political / legal thriller
  • Short Description
Anna Porter’s feisty art fraud heroine Helena Marsh returns in Deceptions, chasing down a long-lost Artemisia painting while staying one step ahead of the eastern European mobsters and art thieves who covet it and will do anything — even kill — to make it theirs.

A savvy art world thriller with a strong, independent heroine and the follow-up to The Appraisal, finalist for the 2018 Staunch Prize.

Former Budapest cop Attila Feher would really like to see art expert Helena Marsh again, so he arranges a contract for her to determine whether a painting is a copy of a famous Artemisia Gentileschi canvas or the real thing. A simple appraisal becomes a dangerous assignment when usual eastern European gangsters show up and people start dying and the seething corruption that underlies the lost promise of post-Soviet Hungary swirls to the surface. In a race to get to the truth and to outwit her adversaries, Helena and Attila must solve the mystery of the painting’s origins.

Richly atmospheric, set in Strasbourg, Budapest, and Paris, this witty, sophisticated novel will satisfy readers of political thrillers by Alan Furst and Philip Kerr. Deceptions is a thinking-person’s thriller, a romp to the last satisfying page.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Book #1 in the series, The Appraisal, was nominated for the Staunch Prize. This is awarded to a thriller in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered and was launched to offer an alternative narrative to stories based around violence against women.

  • “Porter’s offbeat thriller yields tension and humor from its revolving perspectives as well as its deep bench of colorful supporting characters …This peppy thriller from Porter bursts with banter and tantalizes the reader with half-revelations and game-changing twists.” — Kirkus Reviews on The Appraisal

  • Porter’s heroine Helena Marsh will appeal to readers of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brody series and invites comparisons with the political thrillers of Alan Furst and Joseph Kanon.


  • Thriller & international crime readers

  • Those interested in books with strong female leads

  • People tuned into the art world

  • Fans of Anna Porter’s work

  • Book clubbers

  • Readers of Kate Atkinson and Kate Quinn

Promotional Plans

  • Feature at trade shows, including ARC giveaways

  • Library marketing and galley mailing

  • Major reading group outreach, including guide and feature in readers newsletter

  • Advance copies to key influencers through ECW Insiders, NetGalley, and Edelweiss

  • Ebook backlist price promotions, with teaser excerpts from this book

  • Blog and Instagram tour, including reviews, features, and giveaways

  • Targeted email marketing based on consumer browsing and category interests

Anna Porter is the award-winning author of ten books. Her recent work includes the non-fiction In Other Words, How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time, and Buying a Better World, George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy, and the mystery novel The Appraisal, the first Helena Marsh book. She co-founded Key Porter Books, an influential publishing house she ran for more than twenty years. In addition, she writes book reviews, opinion pieces, and stuff about Central Europe. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Ontario.

“Porter takes readers on an exhilarating ride.” — Publishers Weekly

“The plot proceeds in the usual Anna Porter fashion, offering sleuthing that is sophisticated, nervy and hardly ever on an even keel.” — Toronto Star

“Intricate and atmospheric … Porter’s plots are a deft and entertaining blend of caper, crime, and thriller elements, but it's this context as well as their setting — primarily Hungary, a place where, as one observer remarks, ‘the present was so deeply rooted in the past, it was not even the past’ — that gives them their rich texture and unexpected depth.” — Canadian Notes & Queries

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