Shadow Man

Shadow Man

Book - 2006
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Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the bestuntil a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him deadbut her life was shattered forever. Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who's lost everything, what is there left to lose? She's about to find out. In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like hima new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers' attempts to understand him. And he's issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live. The killer videotaped his latest crimean act of horror that left a child motherlessthen sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever. Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive againand she's about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother...and a merciless killer's next victim.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bantam Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780553804652
0553804650
Branch Call Number: MCF
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 10, 2017

WOW!! I was really impressed with this novel, and this author. His writing style is taut, engaging and his characters ring true. I will be following up with his other novels now, and look forward to more genuine entertainment.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Jun 23, 2017

Couldn't hold my interest; made it half way thru

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sandra80
May 26, 2017

Great first book. Can't wait to read more by this author.

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MillieBT
Sep 08, 2016

This thriller is like no thriller I have read before....its exceptionally gruesome in parts...as u read u don't want to miss one word of what the author is writing.......there r three more titles to this series..
The Face of Death...The Darker Side....Abandoned...I will be reading these shortly...

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wilqser
May 13, 2014

Crime thriller about a special victims crime unit of the FBI that tries to solve the murder of women who run soft-type porn on the internet. The perpetrator has a vendetta against the lead investigator of the unit and all authority in general. The book take us in rather an accounting of the lead investigator; her struggle after her own encounter with a psychopath herself. Starts off rather slow but gets going through the last 1/3 of the book with added touches of clues derived of forensic medicine and rather heart-pounding confrontation scenes. Easy read; a little more than passable.

Sinis Apr 20, 2012

If this was the first book i read of the series I probably wouldn't of read the others. With his over use of metaphors the actual story drags on more then it's needed. Don't let this book put you off on reading the rest of the series. This book is the first and has to set the outline for the main characters, a lot of description and history. I enjoyed this book the least of all of them but I strongly urge people to go on and read the second one.

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writer13
Apr 07, 2012

Let me start by saying that I wanted to like this book. That said, I just couldn't do it. McFadyen's overuse of metaphors in his narrative gets old really fast due largely to the fact that the metaphors are terrible. His characters are unlikable and engender no strong feelings whatsoever in the reader, aside from a mirroring of the contempt these characters seem to hold for the victims of violent crime. In reading their dialogue you're left believing that they think more of the killer than his victims, which I find to be highly suspect. I'll give him that there is about 20 pages near the end that are good, but getting there is the real torture in this book.

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beckylunatic
Jun 24, 2011

I thought the descriptions of the violence were perhaps a bit too lovingly rendered: look how thoroughly I am describing this horrific scene. Are you shocked and disgusted? Areyouareyouareyouhuh? Also detected a hint of author bias in the attitude towards the women being targeted, that the agents thought these women were "whores" (his word) just as much as the killer did, not deserving of death, but still morally inferior, and only redeemable if they'd lived to get into some other line of work. Pretty good story, but with troubling elements beyond the grim subject matter.

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emerge
Jun 01, 2011

The fact this is a first novel is astonishing. It's been a long time since I was hooked right from the start but this book draws you in immediately. You have to find out what happened to Smoky in the past & what the future holds. Because this is a "serial killer" story, there is alot of gore but what keeps you reading are the psychological aspects...both of the killer & those that hunt them.

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Snow59
Aug 03, 2010

First time reading this author. Great read. Will definately read his other books with Smoky Barrett.

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