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Publisher's Summary

From Michael Sandels comes the new novel Artism: Art Is Murder - a powerful tale of greed, family, and dark suspense.

It was a typical afternoon in Northfield, Minnesota, when a middle-aged, autistic artist named Dutton James revealed to the world his new series of otherworldly, enigmatic sculptures, leaving art critics and the public stunned and intrigued. Then the questions started.

What are these bizarre objects? From what planet or nightmare were they hatched? In the weeks that follow, as the mysterious artist’s fame skyrockets, Emma, Dutton's millennial stalker fan, attempts to enter the artist’s dangerous, opaque world in order to uncover the answers. And as the surprises unfold, she will discover many horrific secrets lying in wait, and the twisted answers leave no safe place to go. For anyone.

From the author of audiobooks like The End of the Word as We Know It and 2036: The Year Trump Stepped Down, Artism blends suspense, humor, a cast of vivid characters, and unexpected psychological insight in a richly textured, exciting listen. 

Experience the enthralling and shocking Artism: Art Is Murder.

©2019 Michael Sandels (P)2020 Michael Sandels

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One of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read!

If you are contemplating getting this book, do you self a favor and get it. This was the best mystery book I have ever read. They had twist on top of twist on top of other twistsIt’s just when you think they’re done with the twist: they have even more twist. Not to mention the lol moments. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. I think the author is the type of person everything he touches turns out great because he also narrated the book and did an awesome job. I love this whole book from beginning to the end; You are either saying LOL or OMG. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh and solve mysteries that are seemingly unsolvable. I love this book.

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Wasn't Sure What to Think

This story centers around an autistic artist named Dutton. When he unveils a collection of new art pieces at a Minnesota art fair, people aren’t sure what to think. As his fame skyrockets, he ends with a stalker named Emma who’s determined to figure out his secret. What she finds out, however, is something straight from a nightmare. This was a different book. Not only in the plot, but the way that each chapter was set up. We get to see into each of the 6 main characters’ POV with every chapter, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book like that before. It was interesting though it did take some of the suspense out of it a bit. The characters are funny though and there were a lot of moments that had me laughing whether it be at the characters’ interactions of their internal thoughts. Those moments are what kept me listening. Narration wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Intriguing, twisty mystery

This is the second book I have listened to by this author and I found this one as different and interesting as the first. It’s a wonderful mystery with plenty of angles and twists to keep you guessing. Each character has a side of them that is not what is seen at first glance (read). There are comedic moments and moments you wonder “did that really just happen”? Another reviewer said the ending gets quite macabre, and I’d agree, there is a touch of it. This is the second book I have listened to by Michael Sanders. He narrates his own book and I would definitely listen to another. Quite a feat to write a good book and also narrate it well. He professionally performs this book, uses distinct voices for each character and incorporates their personalities. There are no explicit sex scenes. There was described violence but not overly gory. There was only the occasional swear word. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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Wow. What a listen!

Dutton James is an Autistic artist creating some of the best and most bizarre works of art the world has ever seen. Emma is a stalker like woman doing all she can to to uncover the secrets of Dutton's work. This tale of greed, family, and suspense makes for quite an exhilarating tale. There are several bizarre twists that had me laughing and cringing at the same time. Michael Sandels does great job bringing out the humor and darkness in all of his characters not only through his writing but also in his narration. While the book is a quick listen of just 6 hours, it is packed with suspense and intrigue. This book does not disappoint. Looking forward to more from Michael. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Normally I don’t like mystery kinds of books but this one looked cool. I listened for an hour and put it down for a day, and then couldn’t stop! This should be a series! I want more and I was sad when it was over because I wanted it to go on. The ending is perfection, but I didn’t want it to end! Yikes! This was a good one!

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Great book.

Great book. This is awesome. Get this one. Don’t wait just get it you will thank me.

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Artism;

Art is Murder is cray. These are some craaazy peeps in Minnesota. I liked how the greed took over and they all paid for it. Really good. You should listen. Artism was given for free at my request for a honest review.

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I’m very happy I did.

What a find. This killed quite a few hours while I was stuck in my house this month. This was one of my favorites. None of other reviews say how funny this is! I laughed so often I thought I was going mental. The voices he does are so funny. Really super timing in delivery too. This book should be more famous than it is and have more reviews. I’m going to tell my friends about this book. Great job. I received this book free at my request for a fair review.

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this book was given me free.

I heard the author’s book “2036”, which is a hoot! So I picked up this one too and zowie! This is longer and even funnier and crazier! He performs the book in the same conversational, real way and I love both of them. Artism is really exciting! Very macabre by the end, but very fun. In exchange for an honest review, this book was given me free.

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If you’re from a Minnesota this is a must read.

Being from Minnesota, I was interested in this one. I like it a lot. This makes Northfield, which is a sleepy college town, into a weird scary “Fargo” like the place! Good accents, fun cast, and great narration.