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The Face of Deathby Cody Mcfadyen
Synopses & Reviews
In Shadow Man, Cody McFadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. Get ready for a shattering confrontation with the very essence of human evil.
“I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or Ill kill myself.”
The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that hes been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her.
No one has. Until now.
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nations elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; theyll have to be to deal with this case.
For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” whos molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victimand the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Strangeran adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if shes not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky wont have time to do anything but die.
"McFadyen's outstanding sequel to his debut, Shadow Man (2006), provides a chilling reminder: 'However bad things may become, evil men only triumph in the most important ways when we let them.' FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett is barely back in fighting form six months after killing the man who murdered her family and best friend before she must deal with another threat. 'The Stranger,' a serial killer seeking revenge for a miscarriage of justice, has targeted 16-year-old Sarah Langstrom, who asks for Smoky's help after the Stranger kills Sarah's latest foster family. The Stranger's murder spree actually began on Sarah's sixth birthday with her biological parents and dog. Smoky's crackerjack L.A. Violent Crimes Unit whirls into action to catch a monster who inflicts pain on Sarah by systematically killing anyone she loves. Smoky's fierce first-person narrative and Sarah's eerie diary excerpts, supplemented by a great cast, lift this scary thriller far above the usual serial-killer norm." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
McFadyen's debut "Shadow Man" mesmerized and terrorized readers from coast to coast--garnering rave reviews along the way. Now he takes the serial-killer thriller to a place it's never dared to go before.
About the Author
Cody McFadyen lives with his family in California. He is also the author of Shadow Man.
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