Softcover binding has light shelfwear to edges of covers. Pages tight and clean but has some yellowing due to age. 253 pages. MMP Binding. Year: 1996. ISBN: 0373262132. There is no artistry in slashing a woman's throat. Alix Thorssen, art dealer and forgery expert, knows that much. Whoever killed Shiloh Merkin hated her and wanted her dead. Her brother-in-law, Wade, is accused of the murder. Wade, an Indian activist and zealous defender of Native Montana land, despised Shiloh's New Age women's group. His knife is the murder weapon.