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Shadow Man (2006)

by Cody McFadyen

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Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen
Smokey Barrett series Book #1
5★'s

What's It About?
Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until 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 dead–but 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.

What Did I Think?
By page 10 I knew this book was going to be special. It is a masterpiece of a thriller with characters that you can really care about and feel their suffering. The thriller aspects to the story are intense, dark and depraved with a special degree of evil and debasement. The plot was complex and suspenseful as well as being intriguing to watch the FBI team go from nearly no leads at all to cracking the case. The clues are there if you are smart enough to follow them. This will not be for all readers but those that like a little extra spicy kick in their books will devour it. ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 7, 2017 |
This was a very thrilling book. The action was non-stop from page one. The characters were interesting and I really liked their interaction. I thought the explanations of FBI techniques were fascinating--especially the interrogation techniques.
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  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
This book was really good! I am definitely continuing with this series! ( )
  EadieB | Jan 19, 2016 |
What a brilliant first novel! I am looking forward to future novels by Mr. McFadyan as he writes a great thriller without making one sit in the blood and gore. The reader is an observer, and an intimate one, yet doesn't contemplate becoming a victim. Thrilling to watch, but not creating personal nightmares of murder and mayhem the reader.
Keep those books coming!

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  Patbilly | Apr 29, 2014 |
What a brilliant first novel! I am looking forward to future novels by Mr. McFadyan as he writes a great thriller without making one sit in the blood and gore. The reader is an observer, and an intimate one, yet doesn't contemplate becoming a victim. Thrilling to watch, but not creating personal nightmares of murder and mayhem the reader.
Keep those books coming!

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  Patbilly | Apr 29, 2014 |
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To my parents, for encouraging me to take the road
less traveled. To my daughter, for giving me the gift of
fatherhood. To my wife, for her unshakable belief, her
unending inspiration, her eternal love.
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I have one of the dreams.
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Ich genieße den Schmerz von Menschen ... Ich bin ein Vermächtnis. Ich tue, was ich tue, weil ich einer Blutlinie entstamme; ich stamme vom ERSTEN ab. Ich trete in die Fußstapfen meines Vorfahren. Wie ihn wird man auch mich niemals fassen, und wie bei ihm wird das, was ich tue, in die Geschichte eingehen.
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Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until 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 dead–but 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 him–a 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 crime–an act of horror that left a child motherless–then 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 again–and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother…and a merciless killer’s next victim.


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"After nearly being killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases - especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley - but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife - young and pretty and a regular volunteer at church." "Although Smedley's case doesn't look promising, Agatha's attentions are diverted when she stumbles across the body of missing teenager Jessica Bradley. In a sudden gesture of kindness (and good public relations), Agatha offers to investigate Jessica's death free of charge."."Agatha's two biggest cases are turned upside down when Robert Smedley is poisoned. The prime suspect, his sainted wife, Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer." "With the help of her old friend Sir Charles Fraith and some newly hired staff, Agatha Raisin sets off on another crime-solving adventure in the English Cotswolds."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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