Agent Barrett and her team return in the follow up to SHADOW MAN, the most shockingly brilliant debut thriller of 2006.
A young woman loses her family, her friends, almost anyone who has ever even done her a kindness to a maniacal serial killer. It's as if every trace of human contact is being wiped out of her life.
Her terrifying case is handed to a woman who has had so much of her own happiness snatched away from her: Smoky Barrett, the extraordinary heroine of Mcfadyen's stunning debut SHADOW MAN.
Now caring for her murdered friend's mute daughter, Smoky must decide whether or not she can rise to one more fiendish challenge...
Complex and compelling, gory, sick and heartrending...first rate - Bookseller
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 on SHADOW MAN
Disturbing ... a promising debut for Mcfadyen, who combines many conventions of the genre but with far more exquisite, intricate results than the norm . . . Pack[s] a visceral punch - Publishers Weekly
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 on SHADOW MAN
Terrifically good, terrifically scary . . . very hard to put down - San Francisco Chronicle on SHADOW MAN
An excellent read...Mcfadyen manages to mislead the reader down many a wrong path and keep them guessing until the very last minute...an explosive twist to the end - crimesquad.com
SHADOW MAN is one of the most powerful and authentic portrayals of a serial killer and the people who hunt them I have ever read. It kept me riveted right to the last page. Cody Mcfadyen is the real thing. - John Douglas, author of the #1 bestseller MINDHUNTER: Inside the F.B.I.'s Serial Crime Unit
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.