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AN AWARD-WINNING CRIME THRILLER REMINISCENT OF THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS AND THE DEPARTED When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston's Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley's relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detectiv AN AWARD-WINNING CRIME THRILLER REMINISCENT OF THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS AND THE DEPARTED When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston's Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley's relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detective Hanley must navigate a minefield of crime families, dirty politicians, and crooked cops, while matching wits with a deranged serial killer. But temptation, betrayal, and death threaten to derail the investigation... and justice doesn't come without a price. National Indie Excellence Awards Winner (thriller) 2019 American Fiction Awards Winner (general horror) 2019 Best Book Awards Winner (horror) 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist (crime thrillers) National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (horror) From the author of COLONY OF THE LOST, a 2016 Silver Falchion Award Finalist for best horror For fans of Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, and Dennis Lehane "Boston gets gory in this enjoyable, horror-tinged crime tale." --Kirkus Reviews "An edge-of-your seat detective thriller that crackles with gore and wit before delivering a stunning knockout blow. Fans of The Silence of the Lambs should flock to Derik Cavignano's new series debut." --BestThrillers.com "A highly suspenseful and delightfully twisted thriller with one of the creepiest villains in recent memory!" --Jeff Strand, four-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of MY PRETTIES "The Art of Dying blends drama and horror for a disturbing and gripping thriller." --Foreword Clarion Reviews "Cavignano artfully misdirects the plot with family dramas and subtle clues, while keeping the cat-and-mouse conflict between Hanley and his quarry on track--all while the terror of the story's victims ratchets up the tension between chapters." --BlueInk Review


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AN AWARD-WINNING CRIME THRILLER REMINISCENT OF THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS AND THE DEPARTED When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston's Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley's relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detectiv AN AWARD-WINNING CRIME THRILLER REMINISCENT OF THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS AND THE DEPARTED When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston's Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley's relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detective Hanley must navigate a minefield of crime families, dirty politicians, and crooked cops, while matching wits with a deranged serial killer. But temptation, betrayal, and death threaten to derail the investigation... and justice doesn't come without a price. National Indie Excellence Awards Winner (thriller) 2019 American Fiction Awards Winner (general horror) 2019 Best Book Awards Winner (horror) 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist (crime thrillers) National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (horror) From the author of COLONY OF THE LOST, a 2016 Silver Falchion Award Finalist for best horror For fans of Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly, and Dennis Lehane "Boston gets gory in this enjoyable, horror-tinged crime tale." --Kirkus Reviews "An edge-of-your seat detective thriller that crackles with gore and wit before delivering a stunning knockout blow. Fans of The Silence of the Lambs should flock to Derik Cavignano's new series debut." --BestThrillers.com "A highly suspenseful and delightfully twisted thriller with one of the creepiest villains in recent memory!" --Jeff Strand, four-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of MY PRETTIES "The Art of Dying blends drama and horror for a disturbing and gripping thriller." --Foreword Clarion Reviews "Cavignano artfully misdirects the plot with family dramas and subtle clues, while keeping the cat-and-mouse conflict between Hanley and his quarry on track--all while the terror of the story's victims ratchets up the tension between chapters." --BlueInk Review

30 review for The Art of Dying: A Ray Hanley Crime Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    When An Artist Makes A Gallery With Dying Art This is a new author to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this great crime read and will definitely read more from him. Descriptive scenes, gritty cops in South Boston, and the Mob involvement give this story a real Boston feel so I was right at home! A thrilling case with a plot right out of a gallery owners nightmare, as a disrespected artist starts his own showing using people who have done him wrong as his exhibits. After he uses his artist touch on When An Artist Makes A Gallery With Dying Art This is a new author to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed this great crime read and will definitely read more from him. Descriptive scenes, gritty cops in South Boston, and the Mob involvement give this story a real Boston feel so I was right at home! A thrilling case with a plot right out of a gallery owners nightmare, as a disrespected artist starts his own showing using people who have done him wrong as his exhibits. After he uses his artist touch on them, of course! A great story for all who enjoy police action!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I will give props to the hype. This book is partly reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs. I have read some very, very twisted things in books over the years. Example: A vigilance turning a guy into hamburger meat and sending it to his family. The family and friends eat him at a barbeque. Yet, the things in this book that the killer does all in the name of "art" actually had me speechless and almost losing my lunch a couple of times. This is not what made this book for me. Thank goodness or I m I will give props to the hype. This book is partly reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs. I have read some very, very twisted things in books over the years. Example: A vigilance turning a guy into hamburger meat and sending it to his family. The family and friends eat him at a barbeque. Yet, the things in this book that the killer does all in the name of "art" actually had me speechless and almost losing my lunch a couple of times. This is not what made this book for me. Thank goodness or I might have needed to book an appointment with a psychologist. No, it was Detective Hanley and the overall storyline. It was refreshing to have a detective that was competent and likeable at the same time. Although, the killer was present in a big way as well. There were clues given about his motives but not a lot as to keep the mystery about the indemnity. Which, I will admit that I had no clue who it was until the reveal. I look forward to reading more books from this author including more Ray Hanley books. Warning: This book features violence, rape, gore, etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie W

    This story definitely delivered on the bad guys: psychologically disturbing torture and gore as well as the predicably violent mobster gangs. On the law enforcement side, it had the stereotypical hard-nosed lieutenant, politically-hamstrung police chief, inept FBI agents, and the aging chauvinistic partner. And of course, our brash, young hero Detective Ray Hanley who follows the case where it leads, regardless of the danger and in spite of department procedure or policy. The story moved along, b This story definitely delivered on the bad guys: psychologically disturbing torture and gore as well as the predicably violent mobster gangs. On the law enforcement side, it had the stereotypical hard-nosed lieutenant, politically-hamstrung police chief, inept FBI agents, and the aging chauvinistic partner. And of course, our brash, young hero Detective Ray Hanley who follows the case where it leads, regardless of the danger and in spite of department procedure or policy. The story moved along, but I just didn't feel connected with the characters (and there were a lot!), especially Ray after what he did halfway through the book. I can see the author wanting to blur the lines of good/bad, but I had no character to really like and so was not emotionally invested in the outcome. The horror was okay, but felt a little forced for shock value, and the killer's motives weren't very imaginative. Overall, it was entertaining, but it wasn't a very compelling psychological thriller.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Fantastic book. While this is a new author to me this book puts him in my to always read list of authors. If you're a fan of cop procedurals or mob stories your gonna love this! Tons of action in here as well. Can't wait to read the next one, I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Fantastic book. While this is a new author to me this book puts him in my to always read list of authors. If you're a fan of cop procedurals or mob stories your gonna love this! Tons of action in here as well. Can't wait to read the next one, I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    DNF'd. If you like ageism, sexism, clichéd tropes about women, and rape jokes, this book is for you. Hard pass. DNF'd. If you like ageism, sexism, clichéd tropes about women, and rape jokes, this book is for you. Hard pass.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    THE ART OF DYING begs to be made into a movie. When and if a movie is made based on this book, it will be an instant Blockbuster. With the visual aspect of the killer's crimes, and the book's exceptional detail, it almost seems as if this book was written with a future movie script in mind. I tried to think of books or other authors that I might be able to compare to THE ART OF DYING and the book that instantly came to mind was "Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris. That bestselling book has a THE ART OF DYING begs to be made into a movie. When and if a movie is made based on this book, it will be an instant Blockbuster. With the visual aspect of the killer's crimes, and the book's exceptional detail, it almost seems as if this book was written with a future movie script in mind. I tried to think of books or other authors that I might be able to compare to THE ART OF DYING and the book that instantly came to mind was "Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris. That bestselling book has a creepiness factor that is often missing in contemporary horror novels. That "creepiness factor" is amped way up in THE ART OF DYING which makes it an unforgettable reading experience. In fact, in trying to think of  additional comparisons, I was transported back to the first time I read "CARRIE" by Stephen King. The unexpected element of "Carrie" was probably the most haunting. In this, "The Art of Dying" actually surpasses "Carrie." THE ART OF DYING is not just a scary book. It is much more than that. Horror is definitely the appropriate genre for this book. However, I do not want to mislead potential readers. This is NOT a Gore-Fest. (Although there are some extremely grisly details where the story demands them.) It is a meticulously plotted thriller and mystery and is a study in the intricacies of the depravity that can exist within the human mind. The plot is fast-paced and will keep your heart racing throughout. The characters are dynamic and terrifying in equal measure and readers will be happy to know that they have not seen the last of Detective Ray Hanley. This is a book that readers will remember for a very long time. However, if you are at all squeamish, you should probably pass on reading this book. Once I started reading "The Art of Dying" I was unable to put it down. It hooked me instantaneously and, even more importantly, it held my fascination right to the final page. I recently discovered that Author Derik Cavignano is hard at work on the next book starring Detective Ray Hanley and I am hoping to snag an early copy. I rate THE ART OF DYING as 5+ OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *** Thank you to #NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. *** To read my full review, to listen to an interview with the Author and to sneak a look at one of the chapters in the book, go to: http://bit.ly/TheArtOfDying (Link is case sensitive) Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/Amiesbookrev...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    To say that this book is thrilling is an understatement. The Art of Dying by Derik Cavignano is a novel of murders that are taking place in Boston. One the mob's foot soldiers died in a bizarre manner which escalates the war between the Irish and Italian mafia. A couple more men are murdered and a few people are missing. Are these instances related? That is what Detective Ray Hanley has to find out. With a deranged killer out there, one of the bodies has his limbs cut off and spider legs in place To say that this book is thrilling is an understatement. The Art of Dying by Derik Cavignano is a novel of murders that are taking place in Boston. One the mob's foot soldiers died in a bizarre manner which escalates the war between the Irish and Italian mafia. A couple more men are murdered and a few people are missing. Are these instances related? That is what Detective Ray Hanley has to find out. With a deranged killer out there, one of the bodies has his limbs cut off and spider legs in place of the limbs, the other one fished out of the water had his genital in place of his nose. Now that is one bizarre killer. The reader reads about the killer, The Artist, a man who was upset with the people he kills or abducts because of a slight done to him in the past. Ray and his fellow cops have a hard task of finding who and why of the investigation. The FBI is involved with one of the witnesses and of course, there is tension. But what is The Artists identity? Ray has a brother Jacob who shows up occasionally in the story especially when Ray has succumbed to temptation and he needs his brother. The other characters are portrayed as they should be, the mafia dudes are tough and violent. Ray is a gentler kind of cop as opposed to his partner Billy who is close to retirement and can be a real jerk. Ray has a wife and children while Billy is a single man with a slanted view of the world, but their interaction is a good one and they work well together. Beware that this book is a gory horror story. I enjoyed reading this book, I hope to read the next one in the series. If you love a good scary police procedural type of book, this one is definitely for you. I read it in two sittings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Adams

    Absolutely thrilling! I couldn't put it down. I found myself racing through the later chapters to see what would happen at the end. The graphic depiction of the twisted mind of The Artist was chilling and his interactions with his victims was both gruesome and comical at times. The way the characters and different story lines weave together is masterful and it all comes together in a shocking and surprising ending. Absolutely thrilling! I couldn't put it down. I found myself racing through the later chapters to see what would happen at the end. The graphic depiction of the twisted mind of The Artist was chilling and his interactions with his victims was both gruesome and comical at times. The way the characters and different story lines weave together is masterful and it all comes together in a shocking and surprising ending.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I received this from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. An absolutely thrilling ride. I found myself flying through the pages and couldn't put it down. The plot was well written and the characters had great depth. The graphic description of what the Artist had in mind for his victims was quite gruesome. I love a book where I am surprised at the ending and this one fit it to a T. Can't wait to read more from Cavignano. Happy Reading 😊 I received this from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. An absolutely thrilling ride. I found myself flying through the pages and couldn't put it down. The plot was well written and the characters had great depth. The graphic description of what the Artist had in mind for his victims was quite gruesome. I love a book where I am surprised at the ending and this one fit it to a T. Can't wait to read more from Cavignano. Happy Reading 😊

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pan | Book Reviews and Recommendations

    I really enjoy a well written thriller-suspense novel, especially when the novel has elements of horror in it. Well, Derik Cavignano in 'The Art of Dying' really amplified suspense and horror taking this novel to the highest level of storytelling. I received a copy for review from the author and it literally took me just three sittings to finish it. I just couldn't put it down and it kept me up at night flipping the pages faster than a windmill during a cyclone to reach the finale. A fantastic f I really enjoy a well written thriller-suspense novel, especially when the novel has elements of horror in it. Well, Derik Cavignano in 'The Art of Dying' really amplified suspense and horror taking this novel to the highest level of storytelling. I received a copy for review from the author and it literally took me just three sittings to finish it. I just couldn't put it down and it kept me up at night flipping the pages faster than a windmill during a cyclone to reach the finale. A fantastic finale that I did not see coming at all. There are clues left here and there for the reader to discover and it all adds up at the end. A very, very, veeeeeery satisfying finale. The story unfolds as a demented serial killer is on the lose, satisfying his need for blood and torture in the midst of Boston's Irish and Italian mafia feud. 'The Artist' creates a series of gruesome murders and has Ray, the protagonist cop, at the tip of his toes, scratching his head in a game of cat and mouse. This is one well written novel with tons of suspense and great character development, even though Ray, the protagonist, bore me at times. 'The Artist's' torture scenes are so violent that will haunt you for many days after finishing the book. I guarantee that if you are faint of the heart, as the level of detail is astonishing. (I really wonder about the author's search history 🖤😉) It's not accidental that the book has won multiple awart and nominations. ( National Indie Excellence Awards Winner (thriller), 2019 American Fiction Awards Winner (general horror), 2019 Best Book Awards Winner (horror), 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist (crime thrillers), National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (horror). It is compared to the likes of 'The Silence of the Lambs' and 'The Departed' but to me 'The Art of Dying' has its own wonderful and unique traits. Traits that hooked me and made me fell in love with Derik Cavignano's writing. I am now a loyal reader of his stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    The Artist is Crazy Wow this was just cra,y. Macabre and disturbing. I was repulsed, yet mesmerized by the story line. The serial killer in this book is guaranteed to give you nightmares. In one of ending scenes I felt what the victim was feeling confined and destined to die. It was very creepy. There were a couple of things that kept it from being a four. The hero did something that made me think less of him. I was so liking his character and then he ruined it. Not sure I will read about him aga The Artist is Crazy Wow this was just cra,y. Macabre and disturbing. I was repulsed, yet mesmerized by the story line. The serial killer in this book is guaranteed to give you nightmares. In one of ending scenes I felt what the victim was feeling confined and destined to die. It was very creepy. There were a couple of things that kept it from being a four. The hero did something that made me think less of him. I was so liking his character and then he ruined it. Not sure I will read about him again. And something that happened at the end upset me too. It was just sad. I loved the mystery of who it was. I never guessed it and the "Artists" work is going to haunt me. First time I've read this author and it was very good. And scary.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Where has Derik Cavignano's books been all my life. I absolutely love him. A little Dennis Lehane, a little Stephen King. What's not to like? Set in Boston and Quincy, areas I lived in, made them even more special to me. The main character, Detective Ray Hanley, is someone I definitely need to see more of. People keep missing. Turns out a very creative killer has kidnapped them for reasons only known to him. He gets a little inventive in his torturing of the victims in a somewhat artistic manner. Where has Derik Cavignano's books been all my life. I absolutely love him. A little Dennis Lehane, a little Stephen King. What's not to like? Set in Boston and Quincy, areas I lived in, made them even more special to me. The main character, Detective Ray Hanley, is someone I definitely need to see more of. People keep missing. Turns out a very creative killer has kidnapped them for reasons only known to him. He gets a little inventive in his torturing of the victims in a somewhat artistic manner. Lots of humor, too.There was one autopsy scene that produced tears of laughter. Derik has a few other books out besides this one and I will be purchasing them all. Not to mention encouraging my library to purchase them, too. You don't want to miss this one. An easy 5 star.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    This is one intense, twisted, addictive, complex, insane, jaw-dropping novel! Not only is this a very well-written book with wonderfully-interesting characters, but the suspense builds at just the right pace as the story unfolds. #TheArtOfDying #NetGalley *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Dark Corners Press in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie Rhinehart

    Love this book! Thrilling until the very end with masterfully written twists and turns to keep you glued to the pages! The characters are engaging and the plot keeps you guessing what will happen next. Can’t wait to see what Derik Cavignano comes out with next!! Thank you NetGalley and Derik Cavignano for this advanced reader copy edition and hearing my honest review. Looking forward to reading more with you #partner

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Creepy, disturbing, and extremely suspenseful. The mannerisms and colloquialisms that the characters use are spot on for the setting in which they find themselves. I will be looking for other books written by this author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book via NetGalley.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Serial killer poses his victims as works of art, torturing them before killing them. Add to that a war between rival mobs, some dirty politicians, the requisite butt head cops, and you have a pretty good tale.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Union Square Review

    Cavignano’s new detective novel, The Art of Dying: A Ray Hanley Crime Thriller is a compelling exploration of abnormal psychology. The book deftly blends the world of hard-boiled noir with that of the psychological thriller. Though a detective story at heart, it is also reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, or Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, with a splash of The Godfather and The Sopranos. Cavignano excels at alternating between the idyllic domestic environment of the family home and the seedy u Cavignano’s new detective novel, The Art of Dying: A Ray Hanley Crime Thriller is a compelling exploration of abnormal psychology. The book deftly blends the world of hard-boiled noir with that of the psychological thriller. Though a detective story at heart, it is also reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, or Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, with a splash of The Godfather and The Sopranos. Cavignano excels at alternating between the idyllic domestic environment of the family home and the seedy underworld of Boston, in which a series of murders are coming to light. As each murder points to another, Hanley is pushed to his breaking point, taking bigger and bigger risks to pursue the truth. With The Artist, Cavignano has created a portrait of abnormal psychology every bit as memorable, nuanced (and harrowing) as Hannibal Lecter. It is rare that a work of detective fiction conjures a world of such gripping realism replete with twists and turns, false leads, and surprise reveals. The high-octane pace of the book is unrelenting, and readers will be brought along as they accompany Hanley from one lead to the next. A meditation on art, as well as on crime, The Art of Dying is a thriller through and through.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mirella Patzer

    A gripping police procedural I don't normally read crime novels, but this one intrigued me. I was hooked from the first page. It's definitely a walk on the wild side with freakish murders, cop humor, and a good honest detective who makes his fair share of mistakes. I would read more of this author's books and have already been telling others to read this. A gripping police procedural I don't normally read crime novels, but this one intrigued me. I was hooked from the first page. It's definitely a walk on the wild side with freakish murders, cop humor, and a good honest detective who makes his fair share of mistakes. I would read more of this author's books and have already been telling others to read this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan ♡

    I didn't expect much going into this but I wish I had enjoyed it more. It could have been good, because it was really grim, which I enjoy, but I found the writing style grating and didn't particularly like the characters. More of a 'me' thing, than a problem with the actual book/story. I didn't expect much going into this but I wish I had enjoyed it more. It could have been good, because it was really grim, which I enjoy, but I found the writing style grating and didn't particularly like the characters. More of a 'me' thing, than a problem with the actual book/story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie Harper

    Excellent crime thriller. Loved this gripping crime thriller. Excellent storyline Re!atable characters. Sinister plot and contains many twists and turns. Would love to read others by author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pepper

    Intense This story kept me reading all day with only a break for food. It's that attention grabbing. Worthy of rereading. Intense This story kept me reading all day with only a break for food. It's that attention grabbing. Worthy of rereading.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elise Simpkins

    Superb!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Decently Formulaic On one hand, it's a solid thriller. On the other I felt like nodding at every major plot point, even the death at the end. And for how recent it is there author still used "spastic" to describe the wrong things along with other typos and formatting issues. I'm not continuing this series. Decently Formulaic On one hand, it's a solid thriller. On the other I felt like nodding at every major plot point, even the death at the end. And for how recent it is there author still used "spastic" to describe the wrong things along with other typos and formatting issues. I'm not continuing this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sean Graham

    Really enjoyed this novel - dark and twisted crime caper and one that I would recommend to those looking for a more 'Silence of the Lambs' type crime novel. Really enjoyed this novel - dark and twisted crime caper and one that I would recommend to those looking for a more 'Silence of the Lambs' type crime novel.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mr Anthony P R Eden

    Reasonable ok Probably a bit to violent. I hate having to write more than I want just to keep you happy good by.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linnja (Lynn)

    Pop sugar challenge: won an award.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Terry Nichols

    Excellent book! Hannibal Lecter has a new rival.....The Artist!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Bruton

    The Art of Dying by Derik Cavignano is a twisted thriller from start to finish. This book follows detective Ray Hanley through the investigation of The Artist. The Artist uses humans as his art pieces and the graphic nature of the way Cavignano describes the acts of the Artist begged me to keep turning pages and find out what other horrors were coming. Cavignano does a great job melding back story with the current case to develop great characters so I didn’t feel like I was left with wanting mor The Art of Dying by Derik Cavignano is a twisted thriller from start to finish. This book follows detective Ray Hanley through the investigation of The Artist. The Artist uses humans as his art pieces and the graphic nature of the way Cavignano describes the acts of the Artist begged me to keep turning pages and find out what other horrors were coming. Cavignano does a great job melding back story with the current case to develop great characters so I didn’t feel like I was left with wanting more. I loved the pacing of this book and it kept me interested from the beginning to the last page. Overall this was a great book and I look forward to reading more from Cavignano. Dark Corners Press was so very kind to send me an advanced reading copy of this book via NetGalley. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Thiessen

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for giving me a chance to read this book. I enjoy books with murders and the detectives to solve them. Ray Hanley was a good character despite one not so good incident in this book. This book is fairly graphic with the details of the murders which were creative and disturbing. It starts with the police trying to find the killer who is called the Artist. The ending had a twist that I didn’t see coming. I had to finish the last 100 pages of the Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for giving me a chance to read this book. I enjoy books with murders and the detectives to solve them. Ray Hanley was a good character despite one not so good incident in this book. This book is fairly graphic with the details of the murders which were creative and disturbing. It starts with the police trying to find the killer who is called the Artist. The ending had a twist that I didn’t see coming. I had to finish the last 100 pages of the book because I needed to know who the Artist was. I would recommend this to a reader who likes horror and crime. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Tannuzzo

    I love books set in my adopted city of Boston. This one’s a crime thriller about a vengeful serial killer who kidnaps, tortures and murders those who had done him wrong in the past — and then displays their bodies in humiliating ways. He calls himself The Artist, and it’s Detective Ray Hanley’s job to track him down. If this sounds a little like Hannibal Lecter, you’re not entirely wrong. But don’t let that stop you from reading this fast-paced, lean and mean 329-page thriller that also involves I love books set in my adopted city of Boston. This one’s a crime thriller about a vengeful serial killer who kidnaps, tortures and murders those who had done him wrong in the past — and then displays their bodies in humiliating ways. He calls himself The Artist, and it’s Detective Ray Hanley’s job to track him down. If this sounds a little like Hannibal Lecter, you’re not entirely wrong. But don’t let that stop you from reading this fast-paced, lean and mean 329-page thriller that also involves a bloody mob war instigated by The Artist — and a few funny moments that gave this reader an occasional break from the tension.

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