Helen A. Harrison

“An Accidental Corpse”

Dunemere Books, August 2018
304 pages
$15.99 paperback, $9.99 Kindle
Available on Amazon.com and in bookstores
This work of historical fiction is based on the true story of Jackson Pollock’s fatal car crash.

On the night of August 11, 1956, in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, a tragic accident took the life of Jackson Pollock, the world-renowned abstract painter and notorious alcoholic whose career was in crisis. Also killed was Edith Metzger, a passenger in the car Pollock was driving when it plunged into the woods and overturned. At least that’s what the newspapers reported.

But Metzger’s autopsy reveals that she was already dead before the crash. Was it an accident . . . or murder?

That shocking question draws vacationing Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD and his wife, Detective Juanita Diaz, into a homicide investigation that implicates members of East Hampton’s art community, including Pollock himself.

“A refreshingly original reinvention of artistic history.”

–Kirkus Reviews

Helen A. Harrison is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton and an authority on 20th century American art. Among her non-fiction books are Hamptons Bohemia (with Constance Ayres Denne), Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock, and monographs on Pollock and Larry Rivers. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.