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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786022120
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    A GREAT BOOK!!!!!

    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!!!!!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Sculptor- Gregory Funaro

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    Evil and Romance

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    Great 1st Write!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

    Amazing, better than I expected!

    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?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Interesting Plot, Progressively More Irritating Writing Style

    This is a fun thriller with an interesting premise: a serial killer recreating Michelangelo's famous statues using human victims. However, I finally found myself struggling to finish the book because of the author's irritating habit of starting every tenth sentence or so with the word "yes" (or, occasionally, "no"). This technique might have made some sense if the author was referring to some surprising revelation (responding to the reader's silent "Really?"), but he seems to be doing it more because he can't come up with a better way to combine or transition between thoughts.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    Great book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Interesting plot but poor execution.

    Very difficult to wade through the repetitious, long winded descriptions of why things were as the were and what everybody was thinking.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Great Idea, Questionable Follow Through...

    This book had a lot of promise; the plot was very interesting and it was one of the few ebooks that I immediately decided to purchase without a second thought. However, I agree with a previous reviewer that felt the entire "romance" between Dr. Hildy and Sam felt contrived immediately. I also started to feel that the Sculptor character was a bit "off" as well - for the amount of education he had, and technical knowledge his crimes would have required, his narratives demonstrated VERY little technical language. Also, he would go off on a very literate or intelligent tangent, then in the next breath, use some "teeny bop" or silly turn of phrase - which made this character VERY un-believable, in my opinion. (Ex: calling Hildy's ex-husband a "poopy head", and "blahdy blahdy blah") Someone who has the technical knowlege to employ a form of Plastination would call someone a "poopy head"? I also agree that the ending was more than a little disappointing with Dr. Hildy suddenly patching together this totally unknown information about this total stranger, then magically saving herself and Agent Sam. And the last page - REALLY? That was a MAJOR "eye roller" for me. It was a great premise for a story - with a little more work, it would have been perfect.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Awesome!

    This book is really good. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, this book is for you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    SHAKE OFF YOUR SLUMBER, O SON OF JUPITER

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Somewhat original premise, but poorly executed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    Good Idea... Poor Execution

    I picked this up after seeing it mentioned on the B&N blog and because I like forensics and serial killer-type books.

    The plot and concept here are interesting. But the execution is terribly flawed. The flow is badly paced and the writer's "voice" is juvenile and disappointing. A lot of both the dialogue and the internal thoughts of characters just ramble along until eventually a thought comes out. Pity, perhaps with more work or a better editor - this could have been a good book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Best Book Ever!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    I thought that the premise for this was intriguing, but the book itself failed to deliver. The writing was shoddy and as times it felt like the author cared more about showing off his art history knowledge than moving the plot along. There was no build up; all of the suspense came at the very end, and even then the outcome was predictable. I don't think any of the characters were developed and the love angle felt forced and didn't really make sense. I also think that there were too many instances of things happening that were just too convenient. Especially at the climax when Catherine Hildebrandt has a revelation about the killer's past that there is no way she should have been able to figure out. I thought there were too many plot holes and too many events that were just unbelievable. Also, the very end of the book felt contrived and cheesy. I really hoped for more from this book, especially because of the reviews, but I found it to be boring and uninteresting and reading it left me feeling annoyed rather than entertained.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    Carved In Stone

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    GREAT

    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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  • Posted September 22, 2012

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    A satisfying thriller

    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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    Posted June 30, 2012

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