Book Signing

An Accidental Corpse: Was Jackson Pollock a Murderer?

The Accidental Corpse


A dark night… A sharp curve… A drunken driver…

On the night of August 11, 1956, in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, a tragic car crash took the life of Jackson Pollock, the world-renowned abstract painter and notorious alcoholic. 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…

Join us for an evening of intrigue on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:30pm as author Helen A. Harrison discusses the 1956 accident in her new novel, An Accidental Corpse, published by Dunemere Books. In this thriller, Harrison has reimagined Pollock's accident as a murder mystery: Edith Metzger’s autopsy reveals that she was already dead before the crash. Murdered? Possibly. This shocking disclosure draws vacationing Detective Juanita Diaz and her husband, Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the NYPD, into a homicide investigation that implicates famous members of East Hampton’s art community, including Pollock himself.

Helen HarrisonHelen A. Harrison, a former New York Times art critic and National Public Radio art commentator, is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York and an authority on 20th century American art. Her previous books include Hamptons Bohemia (with Constance Ayers Denne), and monographs on Larry Rivers and Jackson Pollock. She lives with her husband, the painter Roy Nicholson, in Sag Harbor, New York.

The event will take place at Doyle, 175 East 87th Street. It is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 6pm
Slide Presentation at 6:30pm
Book Signing Reception immediately following

Reservations: 212-427-4141, ext 600, or [email protected]

Event Dates
Wed, Oct 17, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm


Doyle New York
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128