Automat is Stephanie Kane’s second crime novel set in the art world featuring Lily Sparks. It follows A Perfect Eye, which Kirks Reviews calls, “An artistic thriller that will keep readers guessing.”
Who is the enigmatic woman in Edward Hopper’s famous painting, Automat? When the young actress playing her is brutally murdered at the launch of The Denver Art Museum’s blockbuster Hopper exhibition, Conservator of Paintings Lily Sparks feels compelled to use her special gift of discernment to solve the crime. Her perfect eye tells her that just as the celebrated artist kept painting the same iconic woman, the killer must keep killing her.
The stony blonde in Hopper’s paintings never aged. As Lily’s hunt takes her from the artist’s early years in Paris to her own museum’s exhibition to the theatrical company bringing the paintings to life, she realizes the man in Hopper’s paintings also holds clues to the killer’s identity. Is stepping into a painting herself the only way Lily can stop him?
Stephanie Kane is a lawyer and award-winning author of six crime novels and a blog about how storytelling shaped a true cold case. She has owned and run a karate studio, lectured on money laundering and white-collar crime in Eastern Europe, and given writing workshops across the country. Her thrillers starring dyslexic defense lawyer Jackie Flowers won a Colorado Book Award and two Colorado Authors League Awards. Her latest heroine, paintings conservator Lily Sparks, debuted in A Perfect Eye and continues with Automat.
Kane’s books Extreme Indifference and Seeds of Doubt won a Colorado Book Award for Mystery and two Colorado Authors League Awards for Genre Fiction. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Colorado Authors League. She lives in Denver with her husband and two black cats.
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