The Death Artist

The Death Artist

by Jonathan Santlofer
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Death Artist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. Equally terrifying and hilarious. An insider's look at the art world that taught me a lot about art, but totally entertained me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great reading...chock full of surprises every time you turn the page.Gives you an insiders look at New Yorks artsy world from someone who knows it well.The characters drew me in and alternately scared me and made me laugh.This is a wonderful novel of suspense and cunning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alternately frightening and really funny, The Death Artist is a first-rate page turner, chock full of frights and red herrings right up to the very last page! Probably because the author is a painter the book is so visual you feel as though you are watching the scenes play in front of your eyes. It's also a great look into the glamourous world of art told by an obvious insider. But don't think the book is one bit snobby or off-putting. It's smart, but totally a hoot, and right up there with some of the best suspense novels I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read mystery books, but someone gave this one to me because I am a painter. I LOVED it! Couldn't put it down. Well-written, smart, really funny and interesting in terms of the N.Y. art scene. This book will be a hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, was this book ever great! I not only learned about art and the cooler than cool art world, but I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The story is alternately really scary and really a hoot! I usually read spy thrillers, but this book was a blast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best thrillers I have read in years. Equally terrifying and really funny. A woman hero I could identify with, though my husband loved the book too. Neither of us could put this book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing, impossible to put down page turner. Sophisticated, witty, frightening and very very cool. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a big, fun, smart thriller to curl up with.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The first victim was found dead in his bathtub with an arm hanging over the side as if the individual posed for David when he painted his famous portrait Marat. The second corpse could have modeled for a Picasso masterpiece. The art world is horrified and obviously frightened while law enforcement wonders if a new serial killer, THE DEATH ARTIST, has surfaced.

Kate McKinnon Rothstein feels at home with the merging of homicide and art as a former NYPD detective turned art historian though investigating a serial killer is not what she expected to do after a decade away from the force. However, the culprit seems ironically appreciative of her PBS show that leads Kate to try to stop the deranged genius from further imitating art with deadly accuracy.

Just looking at the above two paragraphs, readers will think that THE DEATH ARTIST is a by the numbers serial killer, but that would be an inaccurate portrayal of the novel. Though a serial killer tale, the story line contains much deeper insight than usual especially into the mind of the murderer and into the political side of the fine arts. It is no stretch to believe that Kate can combine her two professional experiences in an attempt to track down the homicidal artist, but what turns Jonathan Santlofer¿s debut novel into a near masterpiece is the secondary flavoring of an insider look at the modern world of art.

Harriet Klausner