The Lost Artist by Gail Lukasik
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Chicago performance artist Rose Caffrey is desperate to sell her sister’s nineteenth-century farmhouse in southern Illinois. She’s haunted by her sister’s death from a fall inside the house.
But when Rose discovers three murals in an upstairs bedroom depicting strange images of Native Americans and bizarre nineteenthcentury landscapes, she becomes obsessed with knowing the artist’s identity and the meaning of the murals. Buried for over one hundred and seventy-five years under wallpaper and paint, the murals hint at secrets tied to the old
house, the artist, and the nearby 1836 Trail of Tears Camp Ground Cemetery. Only one mural remains to be uncovered. And Rose is convinced the hidden mural holds the key to deciphering the other three.
Once Rose and art restorer Alex Hague unravel the mystery of the last mural, they embark on a quest for one of the greatest lost art treasures of sixteenth-century America. Pursued by an unknown adversary who seems to know their every move, they race across the country hunting for the treasure. What Rose never expects to find are crimes going back over four hundred years with the potential to transform American history—if she can escape the fate of the other lost artists before her.
The Lost Artist is a fast-paced mystery thriller that shatters the very foundation of American history. Beneath the layers of time lurks a truth worth killing for.

About Gail Lukasik

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Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer, freelance writer, editor, and college lecturer. Lisel Mueller described her book of poems, Landscape Toward a Proper Silence, as a "splendid collection." In 2002 she was awarded an Illinois Arts Council award for her poem, "In Country." She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught writing and literature. Her first mystery novel, Destroying Angels, was written as a result of her son's suggestion: "You're always reading mysteries, why don't you try writing one." Kirkus Reviews described her second Leigh Girard mystery, Death's Door, as "fast-paced and literate, with a strong protagonist and a puzzle that keeps you guessing." Mel Jacobs of Gumshoe Reviews said of her third Leigh Girard mystery, Peak Season for Murder: "The exciting climax will keep the pages turning. The intricacies of the characters and relationships add spice to the continuing story of Leigh Girard." Her book of poems, Homeless, In My Own Words: True Stories of Homeless Mothers, was inspired by her interviews with homeless mothers living in Chicagoland area shelters. She spent a year recording the women's stories. She was certified as a canoe instructor and has led canoeing trips on the Des Plaines River. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she likes to hike the beautiful forest preserves near her house.
Published June 6, 2012 by Five Star Publishing. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rose, a performance artist, is tall, dark and arty, with a string of broken romances.

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