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THE KILLING ART
JONATHAN SANTLOFER
ISBN# (13) 978-0-06-054108-8 and (10) 0-06-054108-3
November 2006
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback
$7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
396 Pages
Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Kate McKinnon, the former NYPD detective now an art historian, strives to have some quiet time in her life. Since the death of her husband Richard, she tries to modify her life into something more productive. As she works on a TV show and a book about the New York School of certain artists, paintings are soon slashed and ripped, in not only museums but homes and law offices, too.

FBI criminal psychiatrist Mitch Freeman is very interested in the cases involving the paintings. He also would like to get a little closer to Kate, more than just as a shoulder for comfort.

Detective Montgomery Murphy, ‘Monty’, is with the NYPD hoping to solve the destruction of the art and put the culprit behind bars.

Kate is happy that she decided to make charity work a part of her life, after taking in a young teenager and her son. She thought her life was finally panning out the way Richard would want it to after his death. She is surprised when a detective phones her about a de Kooning painting she donated to the museum. She had dedicated to her late husband and now it has been vandalized. After Kate meets with Monty, she learns that the case is much more complex than what it appears as the person responsible for the destruction of the paintings leaves a clue where the next enactment will take place. In no time, Kate is pulled right along into the hunt for the person not only slashing the paintings but killing others as well. As she works closer with Mitch, they begin to share a moment where he feels that he may have treaded on wrong ground but she assures him that even though she still has not fully gotten over the death of Richard, she is willing to open a door to him in time. As Kate, Monty and Mitch are drawn deeper into danger, she soon learns that this is one vendetta that the killer intends to finish before vengeance is appeased.

With a thrilling plot and a mirage of in-depth characters that kept this reader glued to her seat, The Killing Art not only displays an enhancement of illustrations sketched by the author, but also allows the reader to feel as if they have stepped inside a huge art museum to try to unravel the mystery of the slashing paintings. Mr. Santlofer gives a detail insight into the art of history and drawings that really spin with each page. He weaves a story that kept this reader guessing the identity of the killer all the way to the end of the book. Kate is one strong and impressible heroine that makes this tale a worthwhile read. This mysterious creepy page-turner had this reader engaged until the dramatic conclusion.

Cherokee
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