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The Sculptor (Sam Markham #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
In the bestselling tradition of "The Silence of the Lambs," this terrifying debut delivers gasp-out-loud terror and relentless suspense (Kevin O'Brien), and is set in a media-saturated culture spiraling out of control.
Paperback, 385 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Pinnacle (first published December 14th 2009)
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May 11, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
"The Sculptor" by Gregory Funaro is an ‘I can’t put it down…’ serial killer page-turner book. It is filled with all of the elements that would make it a good thriller movie. It has romance, terror, twisted relationships, art history and a bit of science.

A fanatic and psychopathic serial killer is inspired by Brown University Art History Professor Cathy Hildebrant’s book on Michelangelo. In the killers own demented way he makes mental connections to his own fantasies, desires and obsessions and
Jun 21, 2010 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Usually I read urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. However, when I read the book description for The Sculptor I was somewhat intrigued. Initially, I feared that the plot would mimic the classic Vincent Price movie, The Wax Museum. Boy, was I wrong. Gregory Funaro manages to write an eerie murder mystery that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat.

Recently separated, Dr. Cathy Hildebrant is visited by FBI agent, Sam Markham. It seems two bodies were staged to mimic Michelangelo's ma
Nina R.
Jan 26, 2010 Nina R. rated it it was amazing
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Selin Özkan
Dec 16, 2014 Selin Özkan rated it it was amazing

0 kişiden, 0 kişi bu değerlendirmeyi beğenmiş
10 puan

Mükemmel ! Yorumuma bu kelimeyle başlamak istiyorum çünkü devamında gelecek cümlelerimin gizli öznesi budur :)
Harika bir kitaptı.Okundu ve ne yazık ki bitti.İtiraf ediyorum iyi olacağını düşünmüştüm ama bu kadarını beklemiyordum doğrusu.Kitabın konusu beni aldı götürdü diyebilirim.
İlk olarak kitabın en sevdiğim yanı klasik polisiye romanlarında olduğu gibi katili merak ettirmeye çalışıp konuyu kasan yada sıkan türden değildi.Daha ilk sayfal
Feb 13, 2011 Doreen rated it liked it
I'm really glad I read the author's 2nd Markham thriller, The Impaler, before this one, because this was nowhere near as good. Don't get me wrong, the premise was great, and the background material exhaustively researched and intriguingly presented, but the conversations were oddly wooden (i.e. the characters didn't seem so much to talk to as to lecture one another,) the romantic relationships seemed perfunctory, and certain phrases were beaten to pulps. If I had to read "the pretty art history ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Christy rated it it was amazing
A hunt for a deranged killer begins when a replica of Michelangelo’s Bacchus, formed from human corpses, is discovered in a topiary garden. FBI Special Agent Sam Markham contacts art historian Cathy Hildebrant for two reasons: she published a book on Michelangelo’s work and the killer dedicated the sculpture to her. Hildebrant is brought into the investigation as a consultant, working closely with Markham. Both grieving the loss of their spouses - Hildebrant through divorce and Markham through d ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Gloria rated it liked it
Okay, I'm having to amend my original 2-star rating and move it up to 3-- simply because this book has "stayed with me."

I originally gave it that rating because I'm not a fan of thrillers generally. But in retrospect, and in good conscience, I had to give Mr. Funaro his due because the book is well-written. He definitely did his homework (in regard to art history and the biology of "plastination"-- I'm very intrigued by the Body Worlds exhibits).

While The Sculptor was, indeed, a sick and twisted
Carl Brookins
Feb 06, 2010 Carl Brookins rated it liked it

Here is a novel firmly rooted in that element of crime fiction where one finds “Silence of the Lambs” and other darkly shining noir novels of dread. This is a novel of almost unrelenting dread and horror. It is heavy on psychological introspection, not just among FBI members searching for the “Michelangelo killer,” but visited upon every important member of the cast on both sides of the contest. The author demonstrates a high level of ability to feed the reader a carefully orchestrated menu of i
Scott Johnson
Dec 13, 2010 Scott Johnson rated it really liked it
Originally from Dread Central:
Serial killers have long held the fascination of horror fans, with names like Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates topping the list. But unlike those icons of madness, there are others, like John Doe from Seven, whose brutality is about something more than death and the unbridled need for carnage in that it is intended to send a message. In Gregory Funaro's debut novel, The Sculptor, the killer has a message, and his way of sending it is chilling.

The Sculptor centers on
Benjamin Thomas
I very much enjoyed this novel; it's so much more than "just" a serial killer novel. While it did, indeed, revolve around a serial killer, what a great character he turned out to be. As I've said many times in reviews and on my blog, I like my bad guys to be great characters. "The Sculptor", who uses his victims to re-create Michelangelo's greatest statues, is not only evil, twisted, etc. but he is also a fully formed character. As the plot of the novel unfolds we get bits and pieces of his hist ...more
Nov 30, 2011 ABookFiend rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, thriller
This story started off strong with an unnerving scene that only got more disturbing. The middle lagged a bit with romance thrown in but overall, I found this story to be a very good read. The plot is suitably creepy with a sculptor manipulating dead bodies into horrific copies of Michelangelo statues.

Michelangelo was an amazing historical figure and I loved how the author wove in tidbits surrounding his life. Although not all statements made by the art historian heroine (Cathy Hildebrant) are fa
Feb 02, 2011 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read and review Gregory Funaro’s second book “The Impaler”, with is now available in bookstores everywhere. It was one of those books that you can’t put down. The powerful story kept me wanting for more.

Now I have “The Sculptor” in my hands and can hardly wait to start reading.

Sleepless Nights...

I loved this book and read it in 4 nights. It kept me scared like “The Impaler”, wondering if I would have nightmares for months.
You are immediately introduced into the details of the
May 09, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok
I received this book in a goodreads first reads giveaway.
The Sculptor is a mystery book revolving around the mysterious murders that pose the victims as sculptures by Michelangelo. With the help of Cathy, an art historian, Sam must fight to find the sculptor before he kills again.
Funaro's novel was an fascinating blend of art history and modern day mystery. I particularly appreciated the research that went into the novel regarding the artwork of Michelangelo. The plot line was quite interestin
Apr 05, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Awesome thriller! The Sculptor creates art "to die for"... literally!!! This was a book that was hard to put down. I loved everything about it, especially the artistic angle. The Sculptor was insane, deranged and a genius too. He managed to re-create works of art by Michelangelo using dead bodies. The part about plastination was interesting and reminded me of when my family visited The Body World exhibit in Los Angeles (My all time favorite exhibit ever! I even bought a puzzle I enjoy with my ki ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 30, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Ahunt for a deranged killer begins when a replica of Michelangelo,s Bacchius , formed from human Corpes , is discovered in a Topiary Garden. Special Agent Sam Markham calls in Cathy Hildebrant for her extensive knowledge as an art historian. The sculptor use's his victims to recreate Michelangelo's greatest statues, he is not only evil , and twisted. But as the story progresses we begin to fully see his character. Rhe plot moved along nicely. The settings where realistic. kept me on the edge of ...more
May 05, 2011 Princessjay marked it as cannot-finish
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Everyone has certain requirements that must be satisfied before they can move on to enjoy the rest of the novel. I require a basic level of serviceable, if not necessarily good, writing, in order for me to move on to the plot, atmosphere, etc.

With this in mind, I knew I was in trouble when I started reading about "half-Asian, half-German smile lines" in mirrors, and other indescribable awkwardness of phrasing and sentence structure, overly-fussy descriptions, and the numerous signs of a very new
Feb 19, 2011 Mdub rated it liked it
This book was pretty good, but a little far fetched. There also seemed to be a lot of unnecessary foul language and general lewdness (and I'm not really sensitive to such things!) Still, this was free on the Kindle and overall it was a decent read.
Jun 15, 2010 Mfjofre rated it it was amazing
This a fast paced book that is hard to put down. It sat on my table for a few weeks but since I started reading it, I have not been able to put down (317 pages in four day!).
Isis De La Garza
Jan 12, 2016 Isis De La Garza rated it it was amazing
This was a good book, but of course it had some ups and downs. I find that the author took thinks a bit too slow and dragged in the beginning (to my liking maybe?) but as the story developed it was like watching a rose bloom, the transition was subtle but with a harsh enough force to provide a sense of realism to the reader, as in the sculptures that were being made and who would be next. The suspense and anxiousness I felt as I read this was pretty intense, and some of the plot twists had me so ...more
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
Sep 14, 2011 Joy (Cheery♡Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
I think this is the longest I took to finishing a book. I was busy when Uni started and left off reading it until I had the time. Thus, the very belated review.
The title and synopsis of the book really caught my attention. I was expecting some really thrilling and chills-down-my-spine roller coaster ride of a read, but was somehow surprised by its somewhat less suspenseful plot. The murders were horrible of course but I just didn't expect the twisted mind of The Sculptor to be revealed so easily
Nov 13, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ronald Roseborough
May 08, 2010 Ronald Roseborough rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book with it's unusually creepy serial killer. The thought of turning his victims into works of art mirroring those of Michelangelo was very disquieting. The characters were very engaging. The Sculptor was a very complex character, his many layers gradually peeled back for the reader as the story progresses. The heroes, Sam Markham, the FBI behavioral analyst and Dr. Catherine Hildebrant, whose book on Michelangelo has inspired the Sculptor's "art", are a bit less complicated, but ...more
May 17, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I would actually have to have two reviews for this book.
I am aware that a lot of people do not mind some of the things that I mind in books. So, for those people, I would give this book four stars. It was extremely well written. I cried, I laughed, and I have to admit, when it got suspenseful, I had both my hands over my mouth. The research that had to have gone into this book is incredible. It was so detailed and brought up so many things that I didn't know. The villain was disturbing, of cours
Grey Liliy
This was a close call between a 3 and a 4. If we were going based on the killer alone, it'd be a four--but there were all those protagonists in the way, so we'll go with a three-point-five.

Overall? A fast, easy read. I had no problem knocking it out in a day during lunch, and a little after work. I was pretty pleased for the most part.

Loved 'The Sculptor' - he was great. The killer in this book is just so over-the-top and out there it's hard not to love him, even though he's doing such horrific
Jan 24, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Someone is replicating famous sculptors by one of the great artist, Michelangelo. Only this killer draws his inspiration from live human subjects.

Cathy Hildebrant has been called in by the FBI for her extensive knowledge as an art historian to help track down a serial killer.

FBI Agent Sam Markham has tracked down many serial killers but none like The Sculptor. He will have to relay on Cathy to help him figure out the killer’s next move as the bodies start piling up.

This book kind of reminded
Aug 15, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
I would give this book 3 & 1/2 stars. There is a killer loose that uses his victims to make famous art by Michaelangelo. He got the idea to do so from reading a book that Cathy Hildebrandt wrote about the famous artist. Detective Sam Markham is on the case and tries to fight his feelings for Cathy as he tries to capture the rich, smart serial killer. Can he do so before time runs out for Cathy?
This story started out great and I enjoyed how smart the killer was. He was very believable to a p
Dec 27, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Sculptor is a very good thriller of the serial killer as artist variety. But being that variety of thriller, it is exactly why I rated this novel three and a half stars rather than a teetering four.

In my opinion, the mad serial killer artist is way overdone. I must have read three or four books in the last two years that use this approach. For some reason, they also have a smart but lonely, usually recently dumped heroine and a smart but lonely hard drinking recently widowed detective. There
May 13, 2010 Candace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I really did not enjoy this book. The idea was grotesque, at best, and the bizarre serial killer was more cartoon than person.

This is the kind of author who researches goats so that he can precisely describe a goat as being a Nubian, but who then demonstrates yards of ignorance by suggesting that an adult, uncastrated male goat's legs would work best as the lower half of the satyr in Michelangelo's Bacchus. Male goats are big guys. The legs would be ridiculously long. It would make much more se
Laura Salas
Aug 02, 2011 Laura Salas rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
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Jun 08, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I originally read the description for this book, I couldn't help but be intrigued.
Dr. Catherine Hildebrant's expertise on the works of Michelangelo puts her side-by-side with Agent Sam Markham as they attempt to catch a killer dubbed "The Michelangelo Killer"/"The Sculptor" since he re-creates the sculptures of the famous artist.
Funaro thoroughly develops his characters, which makes the book an easy read. You get to know each character, good and bad, in depth, learning what makes the chara
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Gregory Funaro is the NY Times Best Selling author of the Odditorium series from Disney-Hyperion. He grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. Following high school Greg majored in theatre at the University of New Hampshire, and after various acting ...more
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