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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Guilfoile Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781415923627
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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.Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his seventeen-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them 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. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter’s murderer?

Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; 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 evil come from?

What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?

Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime. Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, it introduces a major new suspense novelist.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Striking. . . . Guilfoile's tricky, high-concept plot continually subverts and plays with the reader's expectations. . . . Gripping. The New York Times
  • A spellbinding novel. . . . Mature, intelligent, stylishly written and more than a little bit dark. Chicago Tribune
  • A masterpiece of intelligent plotting. . . . A rare thriller that dares to make telling the difference between right and wrong, fate and choice, as difficult as it is in real life. Salon
  • Always surprising. . . . Complete with elegant prose and well-developed characters. The New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/18/2014

    " One of the better thrillers I've read with loads of surprises sprinkled all through the book. Plus the author tosses in some good issues to make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra Parker-davis | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/25/2014

    " It was okay, but I don't typically enjoy thrillers. I spend too much time trying to figure out "who done it" and I'm usually disappointed as there are always too many coincidences. This read was no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Smith | 1/21/2014

    " This book was amazing! There was so much going on that the book was by no means predictable. Guilfoile has the reader guessing until the last minute. So many controversial issues. Con? SO many chars, it really needs to be read in a few sittings. Due to other things, I took awhile to read it, which made it difficult to keep all the characters straight. I highly suggest it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/20/2014

    " I read this awhile back and forgot and picked it up to read again. Obviously, the topic interests me. It's the delivery that wasn't so great. The idea of cloning a daughter's killer in order to see what he looks like when the clone grows up is a good idea, and the twist later is interesting, but it felt too overdone with the avatars and gaming world, etc., like the author was trying to fit in every sci-fi tech topic he could. I just didn't like his style. If I could, I'd give it 2 1/2 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 1/17/2014

    " Extraordinary. Recommended by my "go-to guy", Rick Kogan, it has all the prerequisites: intriguing story, enviable command of language and compositon, and a dreaded conclusion. See also his relatively new, The Thousand! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni Strader | 1/14/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised by the this book. I liked that the subject matter was timely and different. The myriad of characters introduced seemed well connected by the events in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/22/2013

    " I would never normally pick up a sci-fi book, but this one is great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/11/2013

    " A very interesting and well developed book, it's overly complex at times (the person before me was reduced to writing notes in the library book to keep track of events), but it all spawns from a very interesting premise and is a good read if you can get through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cameron Casey | 11/28/2013

    " Interesting concept, but hard to recommend. So many little story lines were presented and the story felt a little cluttered. The more interesting characters were not given enough time. I would recommend waiting for it to come out on DVD, or just not reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 11/27/2013

    " What a wonderful read! Te author did an amazing job developing a lot of characters and threading them appropriately though out the story. Highly recommend! May read more by the author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine Zybinski | 11/12/2013

    " Excellent twisty novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/4/2013

    " An enjoyable and thoughtful thriller. Interesting concepts although sometimes it seemed like quite a stretch to fit the story to the necessary plot elements. A few too many ironic twists and turns at the end to be fully satisfying for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Calder | 11/3/2013

    " So many twists and turns that you're left dizzy. It was a very good read that both disturbed and surprised with layer after layer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Mchugh | 4/29/2013

    " I loved this book. It kept me intrigued throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hybridmobile | 12/4/2011

    " Loved, loved, loved this book. Read it quite a few years ago, but I continue to reccommend it. Has such an interesting story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mic | 10/15/2011

    " This was OK, no more. Could have been a lot better, but little things niggle at you the whole way through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cass | 4/18/2011

    " This book has crime, science fiction (that really isn't science fiction since human cloning is right around the corner), love, betrayal and mystery. Its one of those books that you want to see the movie, just as long as its exactly like the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 3/24/2011

    " Great character development, lots of crazy twists, and absolutely original. Kept my interest the entire way through, kept me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2011

    " Interesting concept. I thought the middle dragged, but there was enough twist and turns going on to keep me engaged throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Magro | 12/7/2010

    " Really strange book, but it's a page-turner with quite a few (depressing) twists. And it's set in Chicago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Singley | 12/3/2010

    " Loved this book! Not my usual fare, but so glad I didn't put it down. It deals with cloning, but in a way that doesn't distract from the story. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 8/31/2010

    " Who knew when I used to see Kevin as Leslie's Notre Dame friend that he was going to turn out to be such an inventive, smart, verbal writer? A superb & enjoyable science thriller you can't put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Wells | 5/21/2010

    " Interesting book -- shows both sides of the debate on cloning.... Way too many coincidences, though... I know that is part of the plot, but got to be distracting. Enjoyable, but not fantastic. "

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About the Author

Kevin Guilfoile is the author of Cast of Shadows and has written for McSweeney’s, Salon, and the New Republic. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.