The Abduction of Seven Forgers

By (author): Sean Dixon

“One day, not long ago, I was kidnapped by a bitter but fun-loving South Korean art collector named Mr. Jackie Lin who had been burned one too many times by art forgers and wanted a bit of revenge.”

So begins The Abduction of Seven Forgers, a brilliant and immensely entertaining novel with a colourful and unforgettable cast of characters. A group of artists are brought together under mysterious circumstances to a leafy London suburb. Once there, they are taken hostage by Mr. Lin, an angry art collector who demands that they create original works that will replace the forgeries he has obtained from each of them in the past.

Over the following days, the hostages discover that a twelve-year-old boy is hiding in crawl spaces behind the walls, and they agree to continue to keep him hidden from Mr. Lin. But things become immensely more complicated once Mr. Lin’s daughter appears, purportedly to learn from the forgers — there may be more to Mr. Lin’s artistic plan than first meets the eye.

With dazzling inventiveness, Sean Dixon explores the power of art, both in its creation and its acquisition, and creates a vivid world where artworks can — and do — come to life. The Abduction of Seven Forgers brings together the artistic obsession of The Goldfinch, the stakes of Bel Canto, and the intelligent imagination demonstrated by Yann Martel and David Mitchell, with a flair that is all Sean Dixon’s own.


Sean Dixon

Sean Dixon grew up in a family of 12, including his 8 siblings, parents and a grandmother, through several Ontario towns, predisposing him to tell stories about groups of people thrown together in common cause. His debut novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything, was named one of Quill & Quire?s best of the year. His previous books include The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn, The Feathered Cloak, and the plays Orphan Song and the Governor General?s Award-nominated A God In Need of Help. A recent children?s picture book, The Family Tree, was inspired by his experience of creating a family through adoption with his wife, the documentarian Kat Cizek.


Praise for The Abduction of Seven Forgers

“Playful, vibrant, and off-and-on-kilter in all the right and rich ways.” ANN-MARIE MACDONALD author of Fall On Your Knees and Fayne

“A novel as sheerly entertaining as it is profound is a rare treat, and Sean Dixon?s newest work is exactly that. . . . he balances a compelling, bizarrely hilarious yarn with a meditation on the meaning(s) of art and life.” QUILL & QUIRE

“Like a season of Big Brother co-directed by Wes Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Sean Dixon’s highly enjoyable novel of art-world fakery teems with a menagerie of larger-than-life characters, elaborate schemes and absurdist hijinks. A joyous and flatulent celebration, indeed.” PASHA MALLA author of Kill the Mall and People Park

“Dixon is a master storyteller. Block out some time because once you start, you’re not going to be able to put it down…” ANDREW KAUFMAN author of All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Ticking Heart


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320 Pages
8.75in * 5.75in * 1.00in


September 01, 2023


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