Morrow, Nov 2004, 24.95, 352 pp.
NYPD Detective Floyd Brown does not want to leave the “City” for his old working area, the Bronx, but two repulsive mutilated corpses are there. The killer has left a trademark at each crime scene, weird paintings. Baffled by the “clues”, he decides he needs a consultant and the obvious one is his former partner turned art historian Kate McKinnon who worked on the Death Artist case that somewhat seems eerily similar to Floyd.
Kate refuses to get involved as she likes her work, loves her successful wealthy lawyer husband Richard Rothstein, and never fully recovered from the Death Artist investigation though the MO excites her. However, when the painter apparently murders Richard, the investigation turns personal. Now the homicidal artist who happens to be colorblind and the art expert play cat and mouse.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner