Anatomy of Fear: A Novel of Visual Suspense by Jonathan Santlofer

By Jonathan Santlofer

Nate Rodriguez is a police cartoon artist for the NYPD, and his good fortune fee is excessive, with one out of 3 of his drawings resulting in an arrest. but if he's confronted with an surprisingly gifted killer, he realizes that he can have met his fit. For this killer is a guy greatly like himself–a guy who sees and thinks in images. A killer who leaves drawings on the crime scenes depicting his murders in chilling, gory–and prescient–detail.

As Nate's pictures develop into increasingly more actual pictures of the madman–the killer reveals how to thieve Nate's photos after which imitate Nate's personal hand. The conflicting facts leads the police to suspect that Nate himself may be the killer and pushes Nate right into a scary cat and mouse chase for his quarry. lifestyles and loss of life, artwork and artifice have by no means been so vividly certain jointly.

Jonathan Santlofer pushes the bounds of the mystery to new heights with this masterful mix of paintings and suspense. With sequential sketches that exchange during the text–first the killer's, then Nate's–Santlofer teases us with impossible to resist clues and mental information introduced in a hugely unique way.

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They’d met at the UN, some party for the delegate to Botswana. He’d come with the woman he’d been seeing at the time, a leggy blonde, secretary to the delegate from Botswana, but the moment he’d met Urvishi he’d forgotten about the blonde. Urvishi was a translator, and the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. But that had been seven years ago. And who was it who said that no matter how beautiful the woman, somewhere there was a man who was tired of fucking her? Wise man, thought Perry Denton.

She slid out of his grip, her shoulder throbbing. It was the exact spot where she’d been shot. Had Denton realized that? She knew the answer. It hadn’t taken her long to discover the man was a sadist. ” It had been almost a year and she had no intention of changing her mind. I’d rather swim, she thought. “Got my car,” she said, trying to keep the attitude out of her voice. She had to be careful. The man could make her life miserable. Of course she could do the same for his. “I should hang out awhile,” she said.

For a moment her face clouded, and I saw something behind the good-natured scolding. I glanced back at the boiling pot, the ANATOMY OF FEAR 47 riego, knew that it was used to sprinkle around an apartment to chase away evil spirits. “¿Qué pasa, uela? ” “I had a dream,” she said. ” She nodded. ” Another shrug and wave of the bangle-bracelet hand. ” I’d been drawing her visions for half my life—mostly Chagalllike fantasies with clouds, wild plants, Latin crosses, and the occasional dancing animal.

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