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The Sculptor

A book by Gregory Funaro

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An excellent thriller

  • Jul 9, 2010
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Gregory Funaro’s The Sculptor is an engrossing thriller with unusual events and suspenseful twists. Although this is Funaro’s first novel, it reads like a book produced by a long-time experienced writer. Funaro pays careful attention to details, he gives his readers artful descriptions, he portrays his characters so that we like his heroes and are interested in his villain. He advances his tale in a reasonable manner showing how the FBI discovers the criminal. He keeps the Sculptor’s secret, the reason for his bizarre behavior, until the appropriate time to reveal it, but he drops hints in a tantalizing way. He introduces us to the history and personality and sexual inclinations of the famous Michelangelo and explains why his statues are out of proportion. And, with all of this, he constructed a perfectly engaging thriller.

            Readers, drawn into the adventure, will find themselves asking themselves questions. Why did the Sculptor commit his unusual crimes and why did he perform them the way he did? Why was he fascinated with the college professor, Dr. Hildebrant? Why was he so strangely kind to his father? Why did his mother mistreat him? Why did the Sculptor use a prostitute when he sculpted Mary the mother of Jesus? Why did he use body parts of two other people for Mary, making a figure with three parts? What mistake did the Sculptor, a genius, make?

            I look forward to Funaro’s future books. He will undoubtedly become a best-selling author.

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review by . March 04, 2010
A hunt for a deranged killer begins when a replica of Michelangelo's Bacchus, formed from human corpses, is discovered in a topiary garden. FBI Special Agent Sam Markham contacts art historian Cathy Hildebrant for two reasons: she published a book on Michelangelo's work and the killer dedicated the sculpture to her. Hildebrant is brought into the investigation as a consultant, working closely with Markham. Both grieving the loss of their spouses - Hildebrant through divorce and Markham through death …
review by . March 29, 2010
Gregory Funaro's The Sculptor is an engrossing thriller with unusual events and suspenseful twists. Although this is Funaro's first novel, it reads like a book produced by a long-time experienced writer. Funaro pays careful attention to details, he gives his readers artful descriptions, he portrays his characters so that we like his heroes and are interested in his villain. He advances his tale in a reasonable manner showing how the FBI discovers the criminal. He keeps the Sculptor's secret, the …
review by . March 03, 2010
A hunt for a deranged killer begins when a replica of Michelangelo's Bacchus, formed from human corpses, is discovered in a topiary garden. FBI Special Agent Sam Markham contacts art historian Cathy Hildebrant for two reasons: she published a book on Michelangelo's work and the killer dedicated the sculpture to her. Hildebrant is brought into the investigation as a consultant, working closely with Markham. Both grieving the loss of their spouses - Hildebrant through divorce and Markham through death …
review by . February 08, 2010
I use to be a huge fan of thrillers, especially with serial killers involved, however, over the course of th last few years, I found myself disconnecting because the storylines, in many cases, all sounded a bit too similar.    I have to say that The Sculptor was a good book for a first time novelist. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of a serial killer who considers all his kills to be works of art - to be posed similar to those of Michelangelo. This was sufficiently creepy …
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A serial killer calling himself the Sculptor, who reshapes his victims into replicas of works by Michelangelo, sends creepy messages to art historian Cathy Hildebrant. When it becomes clear that her book on Michelangelo's work is an inspiration for the murders, FBI special agent Sam Markham asks her help in figuring out when and where the killer will strike next, but the Sculptor easily evades their efforts and, with clumsy inevitability, traps Cathy and promises to make her his next victim. The book reads like a poor man'sRed Dragon, sharing some of the structures but, unfortunately, not the grace of its prose. Detailed but sometimes tedious analyses of Michelangelo's art bog down the dialogue and plot.(Jan.)
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ISBN-10: 0786022124
ISBN-13: 978-0786022120
Author: Gregory Funaro
Publisher: Pinnacle Mass Paper

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