Burnt Orange Heresy (Movie Tie-In) A Novel

The Burnt Orange Heresy (Movie Tie-In)

A Novel


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  • Publication Date: April 7, 2020
  • Imprint: The Overlook Press
  • Trim Size: 5 12 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 9781419751806
  • Page Count: 176
  • Rights: North America

Now a major motion picture directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, with Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland

A spiky romance laced with art-history references and the trappings of a sleekly elegant neo-noir.
The Hollywood Reporter

Fast-talking, backstabbing, womanizing, and fiercely ambitious art critic James Figueras will do anything—blackmail, burglary, and beyond—to make a name for himself. When an unscrupulous collector offers Figueras a career-making chance to interview Jacques Debierue, the greatest living—and most reclusive—artist, the critic must decide how far he will go to become the art-world celebrity he hungers to be. Will Figueras stop at the opportunity to skim some cream for himself or push beyond morality’s limits to a bigger payoff?

Crossing the art world with the underworld, Willeford creates a novel of dark hue and high aesthetic polish. The Burnt Orange Heresy—the 1970s crime classic now back in print—has lost none of its savage delights as it re-creates the making of a murderer, calmly and with exquisite tension, while satirizing the workings of the art world as the ultimate con.


“No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford.”
Elmore Leonard
“Charles Willeford is a singular, radical voice in fiction.”
New York Times Book Review, “By the Book”, George Pelecanos
“I was in college at Columbia, my friend Luc Sante and I used to argue with academics about the hierarchy...We love Dante, but we love Charles Willeford, too.” 
Jim Jarmusch
“I don’t do neo-noir. I see Pulp Fiction as closer to modern-day crime fiction, a little closer to Charles Willeford . . . Willeford is doing his own thing with his own characters, creating a whole environment . . .”
Sight & Sound interview with Manohla Dargis, Quentin Tarantino

About the author

Charles Willeford (1919–1988) was an American writer of fiction, poetry, autobiography, literary criticism, and 20 novels, best known for his Hoke Moseley series, including Miami Blues, as well as such classics as Cockfighter and The Woman Chaser. The Burnt Orange Heresy is now adapted into an upcoming film starring Claes Bang, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki, and Mick Jagger.