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The Masked Ball-bookcover

By: Michael Levitt

The Masked Ball

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Having relocated to Perth, cancer surgeon Aresh Mehta is preparing to settle down in life. Travelling with him is an unsigned painting that he came across – and kept – more than a decade earlier. Haunted by the violent scene it depicts, Aresh decides that the time has come for him to find out who painted it and if it has any value.

Local art experts cannot pinpoint the artist and choose instead to focus on a distinctive work of art, painted in miniature, and shown hanging on the wall of the plush suburban study in which the violence has been set. The search into the origins of this small painting uncovers deep familial connections stretching from London to Melbourne and on to Sydney.

And, as the investigation into the crime portrayed in Aresh’s painting advances, people determined to prevent the shocking truth from emerging are alerted, holding nothing back to avoid being exposed.

The Masked Ball is a story about the abiding strength of our attachment to the paintings we possess and to the stories that lie beneath their making.

Michael Levitt is a practising surgeon and hospital administrator. He grew up, was educated and continues to live and work in Perth, Western Australia. He is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Michael has been an avid art collector for many years and has written numerous pieces for magazines, newspapers and exhibition catalogues. He is the author of three books dealing with health non-fiction and published his first work of fiction, The Gallerist, in 2022. In January 2023, he was awarded an AM for services to medical administration and to Australian professional bodies.

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