Shocking, heart-wrenching and electrifyingly suspenseful.
FBI agent Smoky Barrett is no stranger to the darker recesses of the human mind. But nothing could have prepared her for the day she had to watch her husband and daughter die at the hands of a serial killer. She bears the scars, mental and physical.
Most people would run from work, from life, from everything associated with the pain of a shattered existence. But Smoky doesn t know how to run and when the job that has defined her life comes calling once again with the news that her best friend from high school has been brutally murdered, she finds herself back in the firing line, chasing a hidden killer who will stop at nothing to confront her.
Face to face.
Terrifically good, terrifically scary . . . very hard to put down - San Francisco Chronicle
'This disturbing serial killer drama set in California marks a promising debut for McFadyen, who combines many conventions of the genre but with far more exquisite, intricate results than the norm. FBI agent Smoky Barrett, a haunted, complicated woman, leads a team of investigators assigned to a serial killer task force. Barrett, who escaped the clutches of a different serial killer a year earlier but lost her husband and daughter in the attack, is now tracking a madman known as "Jack Jr.," who believes he's a descendant of Jack the Ripper. He mauls women, mostly prostitutes with Web sites, then sends the videotapes of the killings to Barrett and her crew. The plot follows a typical arc, complete with some nauseating details and predictable twists. There's also a romance between Barrett and a bodyguard that seems tacked on for future installments. Yet McFadyen's writing is crisp and smart, and his scenes pack a visceral punch without being cheap or exploitative. Barrett, for her part, - Publishers Weekly
More twists than a bucketful of corkscrews and more gore than an abattoir on overtime...fantastic - Kino News, Singapore
SHADOW MAN grabs you by the throat and yanks you along for a hell of a scary ride. A spellbinding read from first page to last. - Faye Kellerman
Coldly, stunningly brilliant. Move over Thomas Harris, Mcfadyen has brought a new game to town. - Lisa Gardner
Really gets under your skin...sophisticated...makes Hannibal Lecter look more of a pussycat than a predator...best read on an empty stomach - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Promising, pacy debut - Bournemouth Daily Echo
As humane as it is violent...Barrett's anger, pain and determination infuse the novel with a raw passion...it will be among the best crime fiction you will read this year - Washington Post
Cody Mcfadyen designed websites until he became a full time writer when he got a publishing deal for his first thriller, SHADOW MAN. He lives in Southern California with his two black labradors. He drinks coffee 'copiously', plays guitar 'badly', and reads 'voraciously'. He abhors adverbs in writing, except when used in short bios like this one.