Greetings, Loyal Reader!
I have an update for you on our quest to learn “Who did Dirty Work?” As you recall, I emailed a plea for help to a general-purpose email address at my former publisher Ace/Roc/NAL/Penguin. (Read it here.)
That was last Friday. Yesterday I received a very kind result from a highly placed insider at the publisher whose name I shall withhold to protect the innocent.
I can’t say for sure that a shadowy ancient conspiracy is suppressing all knowledge of who painted the Dirty Work cover because of secret messages coded into the painting that point the way to a long hidden secret that would overturn the entire theoretical basis of Western civilization. But I also can’t say that they’re not. So just to be on the safe side, I will protect my source’s name.
Let’s call him or her “Deep Book.”
Anyway, Deep Book wrote to me as follows:
Thank you for your stirring email! I can’t promise I will be able to get to the bottom of this question for the ages, but I can certainly try!
I will contact the art department and see if they have any files on it. And who knows, they might even recognize the artist’s work.
I’ll let you know what I hear.
All the best,
[[REDACTED]] (aka Deep Book)
Thanks, Deep Book! I apologize in advance for any renegade Templar Knights or lizard people who may come after you for looking into this mystery.
Stay tuned, Loyal Reader — I’ll let you know what Deep Book reports.