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Cast of Shadowsby Kevin Guilfoile
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Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning. When his daughter is raped and murdered by an unknown assailant, he entertains a monstrous thought...
The detective was polite each morning when he called, and Davis feigned patience each morning when the detective, after small talk, confessed to having no leads. Well, not zero leads, exactly: A profile had been made of the attacker. The police believed he was white and fair-skinned. They had some general idea about his size, based on the placement of the bruises and the force exerted on her arm, breaking it in two, but that ruled out only the unusually short and the freakishly tall. They did not think he was obese, according to their reconstruction of the rape itself. He may or may not have been someone Anna Kat knew-probably not, because if she had been expecting someone that night she might have told somebody, but then again, who can say?
The Medical Examiner said the injuries were consistent with rape, but could not comment on whether the District Attorney would include sexual assault along with the murder charge when police apprehended a suspect. When Davis expressed outrage after that information had appeared in the paper, the detective settled him down and assured him that when a beaten, broken, strangled girl has fresh semen inside her, that's a rape in the cops’ book no matter what the M.E. says and then he apologized for putting it that way, for being so goddamn insensitive, and then Davis had to reassure the detective. That's all right. He didn’t want them to be sensitive. He wanted the police to be as angry and raw as he was. The detective understood that the Moores wanted a resolution. "We know you want closure, Dr. Moore, and so do we," he said. "Some of these cases take time."
Often, the police told the Moores, a friend of the victim will think aloud during questioning, "It's probably nothing, you know, but there’s this strange guy who was always hanging around..." This time, none of Anna Kat's friends could offer even a cynical theory. Fingerprints were too plentiful to be useful ("It’s the Gap," the detective said. "Everyone in town has had their palms on that countertop") and they were sure the perpetrator had worn gloves anyway, by the thickness of the bruises on her wrists and neck. Daniel Kinney, Anna Kat's off-again boyfriend, was questioned three times. He was appropriately distraught and cooperative, submitting to a blood test and bringing his parents, but never a lawyer.
Blonde hairs were found at the scene and police determined they belonged to the killer by comparing the DNA to his semen. With no suspect sharing those same microscopic markers, however, the evidence was an answer to an unasked question. A proof without hypothesis. Before or during the rape, she had been beaten. During or possibly after the rape, she had been strangled. One arm and both legs were broken. Seven hundred and forty nine dollars were missing from a pair of registers and there might have been some clothes gone from the racks (the embarrassed store manager wasn't sure about that, inventory being something of a mess, but it’s possible that a few pocket tees were taken. Extra Large. The police noted this in their profile).
Northwood panicked for a few weeks. The bakery, True Value, Coffee Nook, fruit stand, two i
When his daughter is brutally raped and murdered, a grieving Davis Moore, a Chicago fertility doctor specializing in reproductive cloning, comes up with a horrifying idea--to clone the murderer who killed his daughter from a vial of the killer's DNA--in a debut thriller that asks chilling questions about identity and the consequences of duplicating a human life. 75,000 first printing.
This icily innovative thriller begins with every parent's worst nightmare, when Davis Moore's teenage daughter is brutally raped and murdered by an unknown assailant. It gets worse. For DavisMoore is a fertility doctor, dealing with cutting-edge genetic reproductive techniques. It's a controversial and dangerous occupation: Moore has already been the object of a fanatic's assassinationattempt. But for a father driven half-mad by grief, his work presents one startling and dangerous opportunity-the chance to look into the face of his daughter'skiller.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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