Nev White Pens MORE THAN A VIGNETTE
Author New White's new novel, "More Than a Vignette" is about an artist dedicated to his art who is caught up in a web of murder and mystery by the circumstances of his learning art. The book follows young Vincent, a struggling artist, who is constantly in trouble for putting up graffiti in school. When his grandfather discovered his artistic skills, he encourages Vincent to have some home schooling with Miss Marlow.
Vincent's art education was complicated by his art teacher herself, a woman named Miss Marlow, who gives him a mysterious pendant as a gift. The central theme for Nev White's book is the struggling artist. Vincent (perhaps named after the quintessential struggling artist Vincent van Gogh), accepts the struggle his art brings - but an intriguing undercurrent of ironic humor and a surprise element in Miss Marlow's pendant makes this book exciting reading.
When Vincent's best friend Tommy (also an artist) dies in a road accident, he moves out of university and secures a job at a gallery called The Phoenix, where he is in charge of paintings and artifacts. One time while Vincent was renovating a picture, he discovers a letter containing a list of stolen artifacts and the places where they are supposed to be found. This begins a grand detective-novel like adventure a lá Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" but with a humorous streak that breaks struggling artist stereotypes. Vincent is strong enough to face murder and mystery, travel to Europe and Egypt to find out about the list (which also includes his pendant), and defend his beloved art.