The Death Artist: A Novel of Suspense

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Ten Years have passed since Kate McKinnon traded her NYPD badge for a lucrative career in the arts. But when a string of exquisitely ritualistic murders begins plaguing the New York art scene, Kate finds herself drawn back into the dark world of her past.

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Kate McKinnon, a former cop turned philanthropist, art impresario, and socialite, is a heroine straight out of a Judith Krantz novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing: you can always count the brand names Jonathan Santlofer drops on almost every page, even if you're not particularly intrigued by the mystery of who's behind a string of ritualistic serial murders that are carefully staged to resemble famous paintings only a woman with Kate's arcane knowledge and aesthetic judgment might recognize. Or you could figure out who's next on the killer's list faster than Kate manages to--she can't rule anyone out, not even her husband. Despite that rather silly red herring, she finally manages to get to the bottom of things in this stylish thriller from a painter whose fantasies of murder and revenge--on critics, collectors, competitors, and gallery owners, evidently--must have required a wider than usual canvas. -- Jane Adams

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Jonathan Santlofer was born in New York City and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Boston University. He returned to New York to earn his Master of Fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and supported his early painting career with several teaching jobs.

Santlofer has had over one hundred solo and group exhibitions including James Graham & Sons, NYC, The New Museum, NYC, The Drawing Center, NYC, Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy, Betsy Rosenfield and Klein galleries, Chicago, IL. His work is such permanent collections as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, as well numerous corporate and private collections.

Santlofer's major concerns -- reality versus illusion -- have remained constant throughout the evolution of his artwork. He was first known as an abstract painter, but after a gallery fire in Chicago destroyed five years of his work, he retreated to Rome where he spent time looking at Renaissance and Baroque art, drawing, and began to write fiction as a form of creative release. Almost five years after the fire, he returned to the art scene with figurative work -- a series of 100 carved and painted relief portraits of famous artists against detailed replicas of that particular artist's famous artwork. These fascinating hybrid pieces mixed not only painting and sculpture, but image and content.

In numerous articles and reviews over the course of his career, Santlofer's work has been described as "dramatic, supercharged, lush, and witty," Santlofer's work is "creating it's own synthesis of modernism, combining traces of Van Gogh, Matisse, Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism." "Santlofer's work resonates and evokes feeling beyond what meets the viewer's eye."

Jonathan Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Painting grants, a Skowhegan Scholarship, several Visiting Artist residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, and is a member of the board of directors of Yaddo, one of the countries oldest and most distinguished arts communities.

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