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Cast of Shadows
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A shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront. Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial new practice. His daughter is brutally raped and murdered, and the case is still unsolved, when, among his daughter's effects, he finds a vial containing the killer's DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter, but the man who killed her.
Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does identity reside? Where does evil come from? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?
Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, Cast of Shadows introduces a major new suspense novelist.
"[A]n interesting mix of literary thriller and scientific contemplation....In logical yet compelling fashion, the novel takes on themes of good and evil, past lives, and scientific cloning in an intricately woven story." Library Journal
"Fresh idea hampered by conventional treatment — and way too much of it." Kirkus Reviews
"What's most appealing here, and most promising for Guilfoile's future as a novelist, is that he wields the bylaws of his chosen genre to undercut its central premise." Mark Schone, The New York Times Book Review
A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront.
About the Author
Kevin Guilfoile has written for McSweeney’s, Salon, and The New Republic. He lives in Chicago with his wife and child.
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