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The Sculptor

The Sculptor

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by Gregory Funaro

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Killing Is An Art

In life, they were flawed. In death, they are perfect works of art--killed, preserved, and carefully molded into replicas of Michelangelo's most celebrated creations. Only The Sculptor can bring forth their true beauty and teach the world to appreciate his gift.

He Is The Master

FBI Special Agent Sam Markham has a


Killing Is An Art

In life, they were flawed. In death, they are perfect works of art--killed, preserved, and carefully molded into replicas of Michelangelo's most celebrated creations. Only The Sculptor can bring forth their true beauty and teach the world to appreciate his gift.

He Is The Master

FBI Special Agent Sam Markham has a reputation for tracking serial killers, but this artful adversary is meticulous, disciplined, and more ruthless than any he's encountered. The only clue is a note dedicating the latest "statue" to Cathy Hildebrant, an art historian who shares Sam's fear that the killing has just begun.

And She Is The Perfect Subject

In a quiet Rhode Island town, The Sculptor shapes his latest macabre creation, waiting for Cathy to draw nearer so that his message can be understood at last. And the only way to save her is for Sam to unlock a psychopath's twisted mind before his final, terrifying masterpiece is revealed. . .

"Funaro provides clever plotting and plenty of suspense." --John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author

"Fast-paced, exciting. . .Funaro delivers gasp-out-loud terror and relentless suspense. A genuine page-turner!" --Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author

"It reminded me of why I loved Silence of the Lambs so much." --Gregg Olsen

"A stone cold thrill ride! Unique and unexpected twists make this one a keeper!" –Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

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Gregg Olsen
"It reminded me of why I loved Silence of the Lambs so much."--(Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author)
Lisa Jackson
"A stone cold thrill ride! Unique and unexpected twists make this one a keeper!"--(Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author)

Meet the Author

Gregory Funaro grew up inCranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, "The Ghost in the Window,"in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunatelyit has been lost to time. Following high school, Greg majored in theatre at theUniversity of New Hampshire and, after various acting gigs, received his AM intheatre arts from Brown University and an MFA in acting from the FSU/AsoloConservatory. Greg teaches drama at East Carolina University and is busyworking on the next book in the Odditorium series.

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Sculptor 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
BroadwayStar220 More than 1 year ago
This book really has it all!!!! It is intelligent, thrilling, terrifying, and even funny at times! Funaro does an excellent job with his characters, allowing you to get to know them and become invested in their lives. This is such an original plot - I don't want to give anything away - and it really makes you think! It hooks you on the first page and doesn't let up, taking you on twists and turns. I'm unashamed to say it even gave me nightmares!!!!! Funaro is excellent, as is The Sculptor - BUY THIS BOOK!!! I can't wait for his next one!!!!!!!
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
A hunt for a deranged killer begins when a replica of Michelangelo's Bacchus, formed from human corpses, is discovered in a topiary garden. FBI Special Agent Sam Markham contacts art historian Cathy Hildebrant for two reasons: she published a book on Michelangelo's work and the killer dedicated the sculpture to her. Hildebrant is brought into the investigation as a consultant, working closely with Markham. Both grieving the loss of their spouses - Hildebrant through divorce and Markham through death - are somewhat surprised at their attraction to one another. The media quickly learns of the macabre sculpture and dubs the killer The Michelangelo Killer. When another statue is discovered, this one a replica of the Pieta, the killer leaves a message calling himself The Sculptor. Through extensive research, Markham and Hildebrant begin uncovering clues as to The Sculptor's identity. The killer, now seeing Hildebrant's aid to the FBI as betrayal, begins to plan his next sculpture, one utilizing Hildebrant's body. Funaro delivers a galvanizing thriller, packed with suspense around a mystery readers will enjoy trying to solve. Woven into the story are intriguing historical facts about Michelangelo and his works of art which enrich the read. Characterization is exceptional and the plot moves at a fast pace and with such intensity the reader will be vested throughout the book. An excellent debut thriller.
jimcovil More than 1 year ago
This is really a brilliant novel; I honestly could not put it down! Sculptor is more intellectually written than most in its gendre. It is an exciting and complex combination of horror and history, psychology and philosophy. Funaro has crafted a thinking man's thriller as only Rollins, Brown, and a handful of other authors can.
Rketter More than 1 year ago
This book contains everything a book should have...good plot, action, thought, intelligence, learning experience, and guesswork. I usually am not a fan of first time authors but this could change my mind. I believe Gregory has done everything his years of thought and "practice" have warranted success. I believe this is the type of book anyone would enjoy. There is just enough suspense and thought to make it enjoyable for all ages. How he touches the past, the history of prior art, lifestyle and being is awesome. Ihighly recommend this read to all.
RogueReaderRM More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to get into the plot because others have done so, but I found this novel to be thrilling and full of surprises, while at the same time I thought all the information about Michelangelo really added to the story. I loved how the FBI agent and the professor interracted and pieced together the puzzle. Overall, it was very creepy, especially when the story switched to the sculptor's perspective. If you want a run of the mill thriller that doesn't make you think, then don't read this book. If you like detail and you'd like something different with one of the most interesting serial killers to come along in a long time, then read this book. Everything, the story, characters, writing, and the way the author gradualy reveals things was very well done. Also, I read some of the negative reviews here. Did these people read the same book that I read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. I do agree that some of the descriptions about what people were and are thinking a little long winded, but it doesn't take away from the overall read. Very well written, great story line and interesting characters.
RunningGirl More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, this book is for you!
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
This book is about a weird type of evil. It isn't gory with lots of blood and guts but it does describe a type of evil that is unique. The descriptions are so vivid that you can picture exactly what the author is writing about. The book isn't all about this evil. There is a wonderful romance story as well. An art history professor who writes a book about the sculptor Michelangelo and an FBI agent are thrown together when a statue of Bacchus is found. That in itself isn't a bad thing but it is when the police discover exactly what the statue is made of. The police now have a serial killer on their hands. Cathy, the professor, and Sam, the FBI agent, hope to be able to figure out exactly who this killer is before he can continue his evil ways. Yet, another statue, the Pieta, is found and this one is even more evil. How can Italian art be evil? Grab a copy and see for yourself. I hope Mr. Funaro continues to write about his two main characters - Cathy and Sam - in future books. They are intelligent and realistic characters and would lend themselves to a very good series.
Robert George More than 1 year ago
The prologue and first few chapters are interesting, but everyhing becomes massively implausible to such an extent that I can't reccomend this. Basically, this is below average pulp fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent read and I was unable to put it down but then was sorry when it ended.... Can't wait for his next book. I wish the book was in hard cover as it makes a great gift. Kudos to Gregory Funaro... his research and knowledge of Michaelangelo is spot on.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book with it's unusually creepy serial killer. The thought of turning his victims into works of art mirroring those of Michelangelo was very disquieting. The characters were very engaging. The Sculptor was a very complex character, his many layers gradually peeled back for the reader as the story progresses. The heroes, Sam Markham, the FBI behavioral analyst and Dr. Catherine Hildebrant, whose book on Michelangelo has inspired the Sculptor's "art", are a bit less complicated, but none the less strong characterizations. Why is it that villainy seems to require higher (or is it lower) degree of depth of character? Perhaps we have more fun and freedom when we create in the dark zone. The detail given to Michelangelo's works and the interpretation of his art is very enlightening. It contributes to the story, while not slowing down the suspense. I was a little disappointed with the ending, as I could see it coming and it had what I felt was a familiar feel about it. This was in contrast to the originality of the villain and his gruesome acts. Highly readable and very entertaining.
HanselnGretel More than 1 year ago
I was at Barnes and Noble (at the time I was halfway through with The Sculptor), and found myself wandering over toward the Customer Service desk to ask one question: "Do you have any books on Michelangelo?" It wasn't until later that evening--while finishing up Funaro's novel--that I realized what I had done. Exactly what the author wanted me to do: learn one or two things about REAL artists instead of watching a special on Britney Spears on the E! network!  Funaro asks the question: What is the standard in which we measure the art of mankind? Not very high. Not any more. We are capable of so much more. This is the philosophy The Sculptor himself lives by. And killing the E! network's celebrities is the only way to get his point across. Now as far as the entertainment factor? This book has, several times, been compared to Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. I'd like to also make this comparison, but in a very good way (I loved both of those books!) It has a solid, well paced mixture of thrill and information about Michelangelo. (Also, you can rest assured that all the information regarding the artist is TRUE, unlike Dan Brown's books which tend to go in and out of the truth so intricately that you learn and believe a tremendous amount of untruths!) Anyway, I know Funaro is a new comer in the writing field, but I HIGHLY recommend this book! A friend of mine works for the publishing house (Pinnacle)that published this novel. He got me an advanced copy and said ''you HAVE to read this!'' Now I say the same to you. I promise you'll have a blast, and you'll only have to take my word for it until you read the very first page of the prologue.
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PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
this is one of them hard to put down books .... that's just what I trouble doin .... putting this book down
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Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
In some ways I felt like this story was kind of taking after The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons kind of feel. You have an agent and a art history professor trying to catch a serial killer. I ending is epic, almost made me feel like I was watching a good horror film. The story also reminds me of the recent serial killer case where the murderer (who is also a gay man) was shipping out body parts to all these addresses. In the case of the book the murderer finds killing as a form of art.
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Even though I really hate mystery stories, I must say that this book was hard to put down. The whole mystery part of the story was actually exciting since I felt like it grips the reader and the suspense made it even better. Also the morbid/freaky side of it reaches out to those of us who like their fair share of violence and brings about a new and interesting antagonist. This reaches out to a wide audience for it has little of most genres in it to sastisfy everyone's taste. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting read.
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SarahLauren More than 1 year ago
It was good. I am a fan of the mystery/suspense books, especially those with serial killers, and this one was different - in a good way. Rather than concentrating on something the people did, etc. the killer in this book had a larger purpose that was different from a lot of books. The only reason for 4 stars is because at parts I felt that the writing droned on - especially when describing some of the killer's (The Sculptor) thoughts or observations. I am sure a lot of people will complain about the improbability of the endings, however, I enjoy the set-up for the next book in the series - and besides, isn't the improbability of a story part of the appeal of fiction?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love funaros books! Keep them coming please!
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