Peter Heller, the author of the best-seller The Dog Stars, returns with a suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past, The Painter. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. But one afternoon, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, it rips his quiet life wide open.