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Killing the shadows (2000)

by Val McDermid

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I loved this book. It is very intriguing, right to the end. I never guessed the perpetrator. A psychological crime thriller, it is one of the best. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
I loved this book. It is very intriguing, right to the end. I never guessed the perpetrator. A psychological crime thriller, it is one of the best. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
This is a stand alone novel that takes a slightly different look at how a psychologist is able to help police solve crimes. Of course the psychologist is dragged into the crime, if not you don't have a story. It's an enjoyable read though the ending is a big of a let down. ( )
  Balthazar-Lawson | Mar 29, 2013 |
A serial killer seems to be targetting crime writers and Finona Cameron, an academic psychologist who helps the police with geographic profiles of serial offenders, finds herself at the centre of these killings as her partner is a renowned crime writer who has received death threats. Several fairly well-disguised red herrings before the perpetrator is revealed. ( )
  edwardsgt | Dec 21, 2011 |
[2010-12-21] Another doorstop of a crime novel from McDermid, this one about a statistics-based psychological profiler who will no longer work with the Met after they ignored her advice because it wasn't what they wanted to hear, and went with another profiler whose advice led to the collapse of the case.

Fiona Cameron still works with other police departments. But one case comes only too close to home, with a serial killer who is stalking... crime writers who write about serial killers. And Fiona's boyfriend is on the list of novelists set to meet the same fate as their own characters. It has the potential to be a very silly conceit, but McDermid's far too skillful to let it slip into silliness. Instead it's used to ratchet up the tension in a very convincing way, in a dazzling display of meta commentary. Wonderful piece of work. ( )
  JulesJones | Dec 31, 2010 |
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Val McDermidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brinkman, SophieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fox, Emiliasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moreau, EricTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nilsson, JohanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Struys, Wouter van derCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This one's for BB. Because it takes two to jump over the rocks in the road.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312983387, Mass Market Paperback)

A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help police forces track serial offenders. She used to help the Met, but vowed never to work for them again when they went against her advice and subsequently botched an investigation. Still smarting from the experience, she's working a case in Toledo when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered. It's not her case, but Fiona can't help taking an interest. When the killer strikes again Fiona finds herself caught in a race against time - not only to save a life but also to find redemption, both personal and professional.

Rich in atmosphere, Killing the Shadows uses the backdrops of city and country to create an air of threatening menace, culminating in a tense confrontation between hunter and hunted, a confrontation that can have only one outcome.

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A killer is on the loose and he's blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels. But this murderer is like no other; his bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom on how serial killers operate. And for one woman the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death. Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to track serial offenders. She vowed never to work for the Met again after they went against her advice and badly screwed up an investigation as a result. But when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered, Fiona can't help taking an interest. With the killer striking again, Fiona is caught up in a race against time, not only to save a life, but to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional.… (more)

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