The Killing Art

Published By: HarperTorch

Book Category: Fiction, Suspense

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Reviewed by Kathy Perschmann

The author of Color Blind and The Death Artist has written another great thriller featuring cop-turned-art historian Kate McKinnon.

Kate is recovering from the death of her husband Richard, re-shaping her life from the life of luxury they shared. She is working on a TV show and a book on the New York School of artists Pollack, de Kooning, Kline and Gorky. Their paintings are being slashed--in a museum, a law office, and in homes.

One of her fiends has a Franz Kline that is slashed in his home, and is killed when he surprises the vandal. Then the murders begin. Gabrielle Hoffman, granddaughter of an artist and also a collector; the artist Beatrice Larsen, a collector, a museum curator.... Kate is asked to help the art squad, and later the FBI enter the picture to coordinate the investigations in different jurisdictions. An FBI-planted story in the press about stolen art works being fakes leads to the deaths of three more people and stalls the investigation--as they assume one of them was the slasher.

The author has created some fascinating paintings that are the clues in the case, and are reproduced here. His thorough research is evident as is his talent for meshing historic characters with fictional artists.

Armchair Interviews says: A thriller that would really appeal to art lovers.

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