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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Vari Sylvester Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey - the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer is like no other. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.

Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help police forces track serial offenders. She used to help the Met, but vowed never to work for them again when they went against her advice and badly screwed up an investigation as a consequence. Still smarting from the experience, she's working a case in Toledo when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered. It's not her case, but Fiona can't help taking an interest.

Which is just as well, because before too long the killer strikes again. And again. And Fiona is caught up in a race against time, not only to save a life, but to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional.

Rich in atmosphere, Killing the Shadows uses the backdrops of city and country to create an air of threatening menace, culminating in a tense confrontation between hunter and hunted, a confrontation that can have only one outcome. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/27/2013

    " This was definately very captivating! I think all crime writers should read this! Will give you chills! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 12/24/2013

    " I've read all of her Tony Hill series, but this is a standalone story. Not quite as good as the heroine is unsympathetic and grumpy a lot of the time, the plot is very far-fetched, but the story got me gripped and I didn't guess the villain in advance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen wadey | 12/9/2013

    " I loved this book, it captured my right from the start to the edge of the seat finished another fantastic read by Val McDermid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary N. | 12/9/2013

    " Very suspensful yarn by an author that's recently new to me. There are several storylines throughout this novel making it just complex enough to be fascinating. In the primary plot, authors of crime novels are the victims of a serial killer whose motive is not clear for most of the book. An academic psychologist (Professor Fiona Cameron) uses technology to help police solve serial murderers. Her partner is an author who is targeted, and Fiona leaps in with both feet to save his life. The individual plots all come together perfectly in the end, making the experience satisfyingly worthwhile. Love this author and will read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 11/10/2013

    " definitely a disappointment. Too many little things I found annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne | 10/30/2013

    " Mei... ein Krimi eben. Ganz netter Plot, aber leider schablonenhafte Figuren. Nice to read, nice to forget. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 10/20/2013

    " I can't stop reading this author... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Balthazar Lawson | 10/15/2013

    " This is a stand alone novel that takes a slightly different look at how a psychologist is able to help police solve crimes. Of course the psychologist is dragged into the crime, if not you don't have a story. It's an enjoyable read though the ending is a big of a let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 8/8/2013

    " Good thriller! I was on the edge of my seat in the last 20 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 7/25/2013

    " A serial killer who is targeting writers of serial killer novels! Very unique and I liked how there seemed to be three separate crimes occurring simultaneously as this would reflect 'real life' more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simone Sinna | 6/25/2013

    " I like Val McDermid's books and this is no exception- some positives in that the heroes are less angst ridden than Tony Hill and side kick but these characters not as well developed. Lighter than a lot of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/3/2013

    " I had such high hopes for this book. It started out great, but the ending was a real disappointment-- completely unrealistic, and anticlimactic at that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/20/2013

    " Couldn't put it down! Really scary and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ã…ke | 3/7/2013

    " I generally don't read much Thrillers like this and I must say I was positively surprised. This book deserves all the glory it has received in the press, and has held me captive from my other commitments for a couple of weeks now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bettina | 3/3/2013

    " I would like to read more of Fiona Cameron. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/19/2012

    " I read and enjoy mysteries, but this book just didn't sit right with me. Disappointed because Place of Execution, also by McDermid got such good reviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/16/2012

    " enjoyed a new twist - some one is killing mystery writers! good plot, keeps you guessing, so far the best mcdermid mystery i have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 8/7/2012

    " Rather gory, but fascinating plot and likeable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 1/19/2012

    " Val McDermid writes some great psychological thrillers. There is quite a variety of opinions on this one, but I liked it. It's fast-paced, well-written, and has some good characters who I wouldn't mind meeting again, but I gather this is a stand-alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/8/2012

    " I just discovered this author and I'm really enjoying her murder mystery novels - the characters are well-developed and the plots are clever and have good (but not outrageous) twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 9/18/2011

    " Very predictable, time to lay off the Val McDermid books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 5/4/2011

    " Ok a bit far fetched at times and not her best but a page turner in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 3/24/2011

    " I read this on the Nook because Stieg Larsson mentioned the author in one of his books. I've never read a book with so many grammatical errors in it. There must have been a poor proof reader or poor translator here. I liked it but felt it was slow going at times. It had moderate interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weebly | 2/27/2011

    " This book was a bit more gruesome than ones I normally read, about a serial killer killing authors of serial killer books, and mainly about a Psychologist whose expertise is about crime linkage (but is also married to an author).

    Good book with an unexpected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/13/2011

    " Better than some of hers I read, but a rather self indulgent plot--someone is killing mystery writers in the same manner as characters in their books. Good characterizations and a plot that keeps you guessing. Although here the tie up with another crime is a bit off the wall and a stretch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/27/2010

    " A really good thriller if you can take gruesome. Good plot, keeps you guessing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/2/2010

    " I just discovered this author and I'm really enjoying her murder mystery novels - the characters are well-developed and the plots are clever and have good (but not outrageous) twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 8/3/2010

    " This was not the best crime thriller, it was going ok until the last part where it became very unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.