A lunatic is focused on slashing some paintings created by New York School artists.
Kate Mc Kinnon, a famous television host, writer and ex cop, donated a Willem De Kooning painting to a museum. During the opening of one of the museum’s wings this painting is slashed without anyone noticing.
Monty Murphy, a detective from the NYPD Artistic Brigade, is in charge of investigating these slashings. He gets in touch with Kate to tell her about her painting and because she was a cop who had a good record and she’s writing a book about all the abstract expressionist artists, including the ones who weren’t so famous.
Together, they’ll discover that the lunatic sends a painting to his/her objective before commiting the crime. This painting is a clue to discover the lunatic’s present and next objective. His/Her objectives had been only paintings, but he/she decided to begin killing people when he/she was discovered slashing a painting by its owner.
This killer has the ability to go unnoticed and there are a lot of remaining targets.
I enjoyed seeing all the killer’s paintings and reading their interpretations. Most times they were slow to interpret them therefore the killer had it easy.
They seemed inept to me when everyone decided to blame some people who were in illegal art business but, clearly, they weren’t slashing the paintings. Fortunately, Kate didn’t stop being alert.
The end is unpredictable and surprising. The killer is someone nobody would suspect. Definitely, vengeance drives you crazy and makes you do terrible things without caring for the consequences.
I consider this an interesting and original book. This is part of the Kate McKinnon series. I’ll read more of the series’ books and some others written by the author.