The Death Artist (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Jonathan Santlofer

HarperTorch, 9780060004422, 448pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2003



Murder is a fine art...

A killer is preying on New York's art community, creating gruesome depictions of famous paintings, using human flesh and blood as his media. Terror stalks this world of genius, greed, inspiration, and jealousy -- a world Kate McKinnon knows all too well. A former NYPD cop who traded in her badge for a Ph.D in art history, Kate can see the method behind the psychopath's madness -- for the grisly slaughter of a former protege is drawing her into the predator's path. And as each new murder exceeds the last in savagery, Kate is trapped in the twisted obsessions of the death artist, who plans to use her body, her blood, and her fear to create the ultimate masterpiece.

Praise For The Death Artist

“A crime novel that is savage and erudite, layered in wit, satire and psychosis--in short, a chilling read.”
-USA Today

-Washington Post Book World

“A rollercoaster. . .shows a sure sense of pace and an engaging literary style.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Keep[s] readers guessing all the way up to the conclusion.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

-St. Petersburg Times

“A very original look at murder...a smart and sophisticated thriller.”
-Nelson DeMille

“THE DEATH ARTIST is a fast, fun read.”
-Phillip M. Margolin

“THE DEATH ARTIST is stylish, scary and very, very smart. Jonathan Santlofer’s thriller really thrills.”
-Susan Isaacs

“An art history lesson from the dark side.”
-Marcia Tucker, Founding Director Emerita New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

“Spellbinding, sexy and savage.”
-Judd Tully, editor-at-large, Art and Auction Magazine

“A keen eye for unsettling detail...Santlofer, himself an artist, has conjured up a vivid twist...”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A high-class art opening...alternately brutal and dishy.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Fine portrait...evocative thriller.”

“A juicy ride.”
-Book Street

“An intellectual conundrum posed with visceral immediacy.”