When young Tom Adams, from the back hills of Kentucky, finds an American masterpiece between the walls of an old farmhouse, he is renovating in Riverport Massachusetts, he takes it to America's foremost public art gallery: the Creighton American Gallery of American Impressionism, for an appraisal. What he finds is the murdered corpse of America's favourite philanthropist and gallery founder, Robert Creighton. Tom is immediately taken in for questioning and charged with the murder and his found work of art is stolen while he is at the police station. Meanwhile, Maunders, a disfigured and slightly handicapped loner living in a second floor, one room flat in the Lower East Side of Manhattan finds himself fencing stolen fine art for the New York Mafia to the most wealthy and powerful leaders of the world. Some of these works also find their way into the collections of the most unscrupulous senior members of the U.S. administration. "The Blood of Art" is an international thriller having two plots intertwined which come together with a most unexpected and thrilling conclusion.