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
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
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 --–
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 on December 28, 2010