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The Portrait Painter

Novel by Fraser Oz

Cover illustration by Mara Lea Brown

Cover design by Heather Bodlak

Mind-reading is dangerous. Telling people what you see can prove fatal.

Justin Gates is the Portrait Painter. He studies people’s faces for a living. Sometimes he sees behind their eyes, inside their minds, discovering things even they cannot see. Things about the future.

Handling such insights isn’t easy. It often leads to trouble. Could you tell an investor that he is going bankrupt? Or an accused terrorist that he will be found guilty? Imagine knowing that a certain airplane is going to crash, or an entire city is to be wiped out. Should you warn people? Will they believe you? What happens if they don’t? Might they turn against you? If so, how?

Justin faces all these issues, and more, in this tale of a child who grows up into a man and learns to live with the gift of seeing tomorrow. But there are two futures he cannot see: those of himself and the woman he loves.

Don't take my baby

Novel by Fraser Oz

Cover illustration by Mara Lea Brown

Cover design by Heather Bodlak

An emotionally intense psychological thriller in which the victims become the villains and the pursuit of justice lands everyone in trouble. It is a sequel to Fraser Oz’s first book, The Portrait Painter, and again features Justin Gates (aka The Prophet of Houston) with his gift for seeing the future. The action takes us from the skyscrapers of Houston to the beaches of Southern Spain as a well intentioned plan goes wildly wrong, and keeps us in suspense until the very last page.

"Another page turner with twists and turns right up to the [final] scene.” (PD Ritherdon)

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About the Author:

Fraser Oz is an English born author and artist who now lives in the United States. His high school years were spent at Sidcot School, a Quaker boarding school located in the beautiful Somerset hills. He progressed from there to Exeter University, also in England’s southwest, where he studied science, before moving on to Oxford University where he earned his BA and MA in theology.

Fraser’s early career was as a church pastor in rural England and then in the busy city of Coventry. His experience of helping people deal with life’s challenges shows through in the characters he creates for his novels.

After ten years in the ministry he made a career switch and joined a management consultancy in Manchester. He quickly developed an aptitude for business, helping clients to plan and finance the growth of their companies. His success in this field was profiled in major national newspapers, leading him to create his own company. Before long he was traveling repeatedly between the UK and the USA, helping American companies to do business in Europe.

Eventually, Fraser gave up the demands of constant travel and settled down in Houston, Texas, where he is now retired and living with his artist wife, Sara. He divides his time between writing novels, creating unusual works of photographic art (see and traveling to Europe.

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