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The Sculptor : They'll Suffer for his Arts....
Killing Is An Art
In life, they were flawed. In death, they are perfect works of art--killed, preserved, and carefully molded into replicas of Michelangelo's most celebrated creations. Only The Sculptor can bring forth their true beauty and teach the world to appreciate his gift.
He Is The Master
FBI Special Agent Sam Markham has a reputation for tracking serial killers, but this artful adversary is meticulous, disciplined, and more ruthless than any he's encountered. The only clue is a note dedicating the latest "statue" to Cathy Hildebrant, an art historian who shares Sam's fear that the killing has just begun.
And She Is The Perfect Subject
In a quiet Rhode Island town, The Sculptor shapes his latest macabre creation, waiting for Cathy to draw nearer so that his message can be understood at last. And the only way to save her is for Sam to unlock a psychopath's twisted mind before his final, terrifying masterpiece is revealed...
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1 . Good summer read!
Posted July 11, 2011 by Christine , San DiegoI really liked this book, so much so that I bought his next one to read. It was well written and had some great details in the plot and premise that was refreshingly original. The author is good at holding a tight plot line, tempo and for providing detail without providing too much detail, if you know what I mean. The only thing I would have liked was to know more about the art history professor, as much as the killer at least.
2 . Interesting... but Commercially Oriented
Posted February 28, 2011 by SYLVIA M , San FranciscoThe idea is quite interesting, but what bothers most are those brand names (SONY, TOYOTA Camry, etc.) that the author mentions all over, like in a movie script, most likely in the hope that one day his book will be adapted for the industry.
And there is that happy ending with the "to be continued" finish. Either you write for your readers or for Hollywood, but not for both, at least not at this stage.
The most positive aspect of all is that the book invites the reader to know more about Michelangelo and his work.
O.K. reading on the beach or on the plane. Take your time.
3 . Trash
Posted December 31, 2010 by .... , .....So obscene. So filthy. Devoid of decency. Would not recommend to anyone who wants to read clean books, let alone any youth. Perverted. Couldn't keep reading. Quit few chapters into the book.
4 . keep the lights on....
Posted December 05, 2010 by mizzk1961 , CarteretThis book is creepy from the first chapter....The kind of book that gives graphic details with each kill....keeps u turning the pages.
5 . Intellectually facsinating!
Posted May 31, 2010 by Dorothy0202 , New York CityThis book did for art what Dan Brown's Davinci Code did for religion for me. Opened my eyes, forced me to look at things from a different angle. I found myself going back through my art history book from college. The story and characters were gripping and I actually missed my subway stop once because I was so enthralled with the plot. Loved, loved, loved it! Can't wait to read more from this author!
6 . Edge of your seat excitement
Posted January 27, 2010 by Cfking4 , MaricopaI loved the story, I thought the character development was timely and yet the author held back enough to keep the reader on edge. Being originally from the area where the book takes place added that much more to my enjoyment. This was one of those books that you have to force yourself to put down.
December 29, 2009
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Excerpt from The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro
"Shake off your slumber, O son of Jupiter."
Tommy Campbell, lightning fast wide receiver for the Boston Rebels, opened his eyes expecting to see the end-zone. He could hear the cheers of the crowd--that familiar drone of "Sooooup!" coming from the stands-- and his heart was pounding, could feel it pumping in his thighs as he ran. Yes, he was sure that he had caught the ball--his fingertips, the palms of his hands electrified with that familiar sting of "Touchdown!"
But as the cries of his fans quickly faded, as his vision cleared into a bright ball of light, amidst a milky haze Tommy Campbell understood all at once that he had been dreaming. Yes, he was lying down-- could feel something cold, something steel-hard on his back and buttocks. He felt groggy, doped up on something, but at the same time alive with energy. And he thought he recognized the light hovering above him.
From a movie? Or from that time in the hospital. When they operated on my--
"That's it," said a deep voice to his right. "Come forth from the stone."
"Not my knee again, Doc," said Tommy. His throat was dry, and his words came out in spurts of cracked whispers. "Tell me it's not my knee . . ."
No reply, but instead a dull prick, a tug at the skin on his forearm. His heart was racing now--even more so than before his first start as a freshman at Boston College; even more so than before his first game as a second round draft pick with the Rebels. But this was different. Indeed, Tommy felt as if there was a war raging inside him: one side trying to drag him back down to his dream, to his winning thirty- seven yard touchdown versus the Dolphins; the other, trying desperately to pull him awake, to bring him back to reality--to wherever he was now.
"Where am I?" Tommy whispered. The light above him solidified into a white rectangle--like a floating movie screen only a few feet from his face, its edges sharp against the surrounding darkness. Yes, his senses were returning quickly now--the blood pumping fast through his veins--and with every beat of his heart the memories came flooding back.
He had been drinking a beer on the porch, looking out over the water--had made only a brief appearance at the victory celebration that afternoon in Boston; had wanted to spend time with his parents down at Watch Hill in Rhode Island before the big game, before flying off to Tampa to prepare for the Super Bowl versus the Giants. He had been alone-- Yes, Vicky is gone now, and Mom and Pop had gone to bed. And it had been cold, the January moon dancing playfully on the frigid waters of Foster Cove--those very same waters in which Rhode Island's favorite son used to swim with his father as a boy.
"Pop?" Tommy croaked. "You there, Pop?"
Then he remembered the wasp--Wasps in January?-- the hiss, the sharp pain as if something had bitten him on the neck, right on the jugular. Tommy Campbell had shot up instantly, sure that the top of his six-foot-six frame would crash into the low ceiling of the wraparound porch. But he did not remember coming down, did not remember landing on the wooden planks the way he still remembered landing on the five yard line last season versus the Texans-- the now infamous landing that the networks played over and over again; the landing that dislocated his knee and caused him to fumble; the landing that--as those asshole Monday morning quarterbacks put it--cost his team the AFC championship.
But this was a new season, and the tough-as-nails twenty-six-year-old had healed up quickly. And since his career threatening injury less than a year earlier Tommy "Soup" Campbell had broken the record for most pass receiving yards in a single season. Never mind his personal problems, the split with his fiancee-- Hell, in a way I have Vicky to thank for it! No, the beloved wide receiver had defied the odds, had returned to the NFL with a vengeance, and most of all had led his team to the Big One--what those same asshole Monday morning quarterbacks were already calling "The Souper Bowl."
But now something was wrong. He could feel it in his chest, in his fingers and his toes--pumping hard, pumping painfully. Tommy tried to get his bearings, tried to turn away from the glowing white rectangle hovering above him, but his head was locked in place--something pinning him down at his forehead, something preventing him from moving side to side. Instinctively, Tommy made to reach for it, but realized at once that his wrists were locked down also; and although he could not see his chest, his thighs or his ankles, he suddenly became aware of pressure in those places, too.
"Pop, you there?" Tommy called out again. "Did I fall on the porch? They got me in traction or something?" His voice was clear now, shaky, and his senses razor sharp, when suddenly the screen above him flickered into life.
The image was of a statue--dirty white marble against black, so that the figure appeared to be standing, floating in the darkness just inches from his face. The statue was that of a naked man--a Greek god or something, Tommy thought--but he could not be sure, could not remember ever having seen the figure before. At the same time, however, he felt as if he recognized it from some place. It was not the pose itself that struck Tommy as familiar--the awkward way in which the god was standing, the bowl raised in his right hand as if in a toast. And it certainly wasn't the curly hair--or are they little grapes?--surrounding the god's face that sparked a memory in Tommy's feverish brain. No, there was something about the face itself, something about the body ...
As his mind scrambled to remember, to understand, the statue began to rotate as if it were on a turntable. Tommy saw that behind the statue was another figure--a child, perhaps--that came up to the god's waist. The child--Is it a child? What's wrong with his feet? His legs?--was smiling impishly with a handful of grapes. It appeared to be hiding behind the god, almost supporting him.
Yes! Tommy thought. The guy with the bowl looks like a staggering drunk, like he's having a hard time standing up!
Incredibly, amidst his confusion, amidst the pounding of his heart, flashed fragmented memories of parties at Boston College; of nights out in Vegas with his teammates; of the time he met Vicky at that posh party in Manhattan . . .
Pop didn't like her from the start. Fucking models. He was right. I must have been out of my mind proposing to that--
"That's it," said the voice again. "Shake off your slumber, O son of Jupiter."
Tommy tried in vain to turn his head, to search the darkness out of the corner of his eye, but he could see nothing but the strange image before him. It had morphed into a close-up of the statue's head. Yes, those had to be grapes, had to be leaves surrounding the god's face--a face with rolling eyes, a face lolling forward with a half-open mouth.
"Who are you?" Tommy cried. "What am I doing here?" He began to panic, began to strain against the straps as the image before him moved again. Tommy watched as it slowly panned down over the statue's chest, over its somewhat bloated belly, and finally to its hairless groin--to the place where its penis should have been.
Yes, the god before him, whoever he was, was missing his crank--had only a pair of swollen testicles between his legs.
"What the hell is going on?" Tommy screamed.
He was sweating profusely now--his heart pounding loudly in his ears, the straps boring into his wrists like string on an Easter ham. Then suddenly the image flickered, and Tommy Campbell saw himself, saw his face on the screen before him--as he was now, lying down, his head strapped to a table. Only Tommy could not see the strap. No, surrounding his head were clusters of grapes and leaves like the face of the name less god to whom he had just been introduced.
"What the fuck is--"
Then Tommy froze--watched in horror as the image on the screen began to pan down over his own body. The camera had to be someplace above him-- beyond the screen, to the right a bit from where that voice had come--but Tommy could see no sign of it or the cameraman--just the image of his own muscular physique on the screen before him. Tommy began to tremble violently, thought he could feel his brain squirming behind his eyes, and in a frenzied burst of adrenaline tried desperately to free himself--the body above him writhing as he writhed, jerking as he jerked. Yet as strong as Tommy Campbell was, he could no more break his bonds than if he had been sealed inside a block of marble. Worst of all, Tommy Campbell could not take his eyes off himself, and amidst his panic the young man watched as his tanned, hairless chest--there was the strap!--passed slowly across the screen to his belly.
Only then did Tommy Campbell understand.
"This can't be happening," he whimpered--the merciless, deafening war drum in his chest a brutal herald of what lay over the horizon, of what he knew he was about to see. "I must be dreaming!"
"No, my Bacchus," said the voice in the darkness. "You are finally awake."
And as Tommy Campbell began to convulse, upon the terror of his confirmation, the young man's heart all at once stopped beating forever.