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Color Blind: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – Oct 2004

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exciting, fast paced sequel to THE DEATH ARTIST 7 Dec. 2004
By Bookreporter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
THE DEATH ARTIST introduced Kate McKinnon, former cop turned polished art historian with her own PBS series. A serial killer who strikes too close to home draws Kate back into the police station and her former life. And she becomes the only one who can find the death artist.

Kate returns in Jonathan Santlofer's sophomore effort, COLOR BLIND. Happily married and well respected in Manhattan art circles, Kate has put the previous murders behind her. She is focusing all her time and energy on her marriage, her volunteer work, and her career.

But two eviscerated bodies found with oddly colored paintings lead the police to call on Kate's expertise. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to offer her opinion on the troubling pieces of art. And then, before she can extricate herself from the case, she is once again drawn in by a personal --- and devastating --- connection.

Grieving and angry, Kate teams up with her former partner, now chief, Floyd Brown to track down the homicidal maniac the police have dubbed the Color Blind Killer.

As in THE DEATH ARTIST, Kate's involvement in the case transcends an investigatory role and she becomes pivotal in future crimes. She immerses herself in a world better known to the people who live on the streets or behind bars. She is equally comfortable and believable as a character in the world of cops and socialites. Santlofer has drawn a likeable and convincing female in Kate. Vulnerable, pained, smart and strong, Kate returns to the mean streets of Manhattan in an exciting, fast-paced and worthy sequel to Santlofer's first book.

--- Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No Blindness Here 6 Nov. 2005
By paul mason - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In THE DEATH ARTIST artist turned author Jonathan Santlofer introduced readers to ex-cop turned art expert Kate McKinnon. Kate McKinnon is recruited back into the grayish grisly police world after a seriel killer leaves paintings behind as his calling card. As additional incentive for Kate to discover the truth it appears there is a connection between her and the killer.

This could be considered a five star thriller for half of the tale. However unfortunately the first half while being a solid thriller in its own right setting up the plot and delving deeper into characterization lacked a certain je ne sais quois. It appeared average, but ironically lacked color making it seem a little drab to Santlofer's debut offering and leading me to have a light feeling of disappointment. Santlofer, it seemed almost tried too hard to tie in the color blind aspect of the novel into his prose too closely, writing cleverly but without neccessarily enhancing the plot in any meaningful way. The second half more than makes up for this slight shortcoming in picking up steam and pace in an almost manic pitch. Without sacrificing any thematical points or writing style Santlofer offers more of the villian's mindset and leaves readers turning pages frantically as the plot thickens(as they say in clicheville).

Altogether another nerve wracking and readable thriller from Santlofer again not for the faint of heart but a very worthy read for genre fans, and people looking to fill the void Harris's relatively silent pen hasd left behind.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Premise... 23 Nov. 2004
By Sebastien Pharand - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was a big fan of Jonathan Santlofer's first novel, Death Artist. Now, he is back with Color Blind, which, although not as entertaining and striking as his debut effort, proves that the author has a great deal of talent when it comes to creating an intricate tale of suspense.

Kate McKinnon, The Death Artist's heroine, is back in this new tale of the art world gone wrong. This time, a serial killer leaves small paintings at the murder scene as his calling card. Only, the paintings seem odd since the colors are all wrong in these paintings. The NYPD is quick to call Kate since she so successfully resolved the Death Artist case.

But this case becomes personal when Kate's husband, Richard, is found brutally murdered in a fashion similar to the other murders. Is Richard's murder connected to the other case? And where will the Artist strike next? Although Kate is a retired NYPD agent, she quickly gets back into mode in order to solve the case before more innocent people fall victim to the brutal killer.

What I liked about the Death Artist was that Kate was an imperfect character in an imperfect world. She had her celebrity (coming from her television art show) and she traveled across the world, mingling with major artists. She came off as a bit pretentious at times, which was a change of pace from the all-too-perfect characters that people today's crime fiction. But in Color Blind, all of that is forgotten. Kate becomes a great, simple lady who seems just too perfect at times which was greatly disappointing at times.

Santlofer is great at mixing art with fiction. Throughout the novel, he often gives his readers quick little lessons in art history. None of it is too expository or overly done. He gives us just enough to be able to comprehend the world we're in and the people we're facing. And he brings us right into the killer's shoes, a technique I more than welcomed. It gave the story that extra little something that made the whole read greatly entertaining.

I can't say that I enjoyed Color Blind as much as I had The Death Artist. Nonetheless, Santlofer's freshman effort is still very intense at times and it offers a finally that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. This one is still better than most mysteries you'll find out there these days.
a very intriguing mystery 24 Jun. 2012
By L. .G. avid reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Jonathan Santlofers books - mysteries with engaging and unique characters - and with Mr. Santlofers drawings and art work scattered throughout the book. These drawing really add depth and interest to the book. The story would stand well on it's own - but the drawing make it magical
In this story the serial killer leaves an unusual colored painting at each crime scene, the colors of the items in the painting are all wrong (orange skies, red bananas, etc,) .The homicidal artist is colorblind and is only able to see the world in shades of grey. The NYPD is stumped by the "clues", and they call in Kate as a consultant - Kate is an ex-policewoman who is now in art - and has her own art show. She left the police to marry Richard Rothstein, a wealthy lawyer. Kate is not interested in becoming involved in the case because she is happy with her life with her husband. There Richard is found murdered with one of the unusually colored paintings beside him, and the investigation turns personal for her.

Mr. Santlofer also intersperses brief clips of art history in the story. I even learned about the Nazi's Deranged Artists exhibits back in 1937. Santlofer then brings us right into the killer's shoes ( a look into the mind of a madman), a technique I really appreciated. It gave the story that extra little something that made the whole read greatly entertaining.
"Color Blind" Spellbinding, Well Researched 2 April 2014
By Robert Leonardo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
To give you an idea of how "Color Blind" grabs you, I had trouble putting the Kindle down even when my grandson came to visit!

A novel that combines a touch of recent art history with deep research into the mind of the criminally insane is a winner in my mind.

This is Sandlofer's second novel. If he publishes nothing more, his reputation as a murder/thriller author will stand for a long time!
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