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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cody Mcfadyen Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Smoky Barrett Series Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780739324103
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Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best—until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead—but her life was shattered forever.

Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose?

She’s about to find out.

In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him—a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.

The killer videotaped his latest crime—an act of horror that left a child motherless—then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.

Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again—and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother…and a merciless killer’s next victim.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Coldly, stunningly brilliant. Move over Thomas Harris, Mcfadyen has brought a new game to town. Lisa Gardner
  • Disturbing ... a promising debut for McFadyen, who combines many conventions of hte genre by with far more exquisite, intricate results than the norm.... Pack[s] a visceral punch. Publishers Weekly
  • A thriller that mixes Michael Connelly-style procedural details with gore that’s Thomas Harris ornate. Entertainment Weekly
  • Terrifically good, terrifically scary.... McFadyen seems to have done ample research on the mind-set of serial killers to give his characters more believability.... This one’s very hard to put down. San Francisco Chronicle Books
  • Few men who write serial-killer novels have created a woman of such depth [as heroine Smoky Barrett]…. a powerful mixture of strength and vulnerability, courage and fear. In a strange way, Barrett's mingled roles as woman, victim and avenger make the novel as humane as it is violent….. If you can handle the violence, it will be among the best crime fiction you will read this year. Washington Post
  • First-time novelist McFadyen writes like an old pro ... A series to watch. Booklist
  • Shadow Man is one of the most powerful and authentic portrayals of a serial killer and the people who hunt them I have ever read. It kept me riveted right to the last page. Cody Mcfadyen is the real thing. John E. Douglas, author Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.L. Waddington | 2/12/2014

    " A must read for those who enjoy the chase. McFadyen is a gifted writer with a unique talent. He puts the reader in the story and makes them feel what the narrator is experiencing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/7/2014

    " Wow, Truely enjoyed this book. Exceptional writing, endearing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeriC | 2/3/2014

    " Great first book. And I will have nightmares tonight!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timmermans | 1/23/2014

    " amazingly good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/18/2014

    " This was a really good thriller especially for his first book. However, I didn't like the strong languagel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/5/2014

    " Intense, quick read. This author doesn't pull any punches "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Ann Horner | 1/5/2014

    " Absolute adrenalin shock from beginning to end.Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naf Brady | 1/5/2014

    " Love this book.. been recommending it to so many people... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natascha | 12/30/2013

    " It's a great, but really frightening thriller. Parts of it are quite disturbing but that's what keeps you reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilma | 12/17/2013

    " Een boek wat me meteen inpakte. Hoe ziek kan een psychopaat zijn... Beter dan Silence of the Lambs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/10/2013

    " Suspense til the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/2/2013

    " This was overall a good story but there were some holes in the plot and it was a bit too graphic for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cammeo | 1/21/2013

    " Every interesting book... havent finished it yet "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 6/16/2012

    " Even with the 5 Star ratings from other readers I found that this book did not "do it for me", and I had to put it on the floor. The plot was good, but, to me the characters weren't real and the style of writing just did not appeal to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernard | 6/4/2012

    " A thoroughly good book. Must be in the line up to become a movie.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JackieK | 4/2/2012

    " The descriptions of the murders and the crime scenes are very graphic. Hard for me to read. The book captured my interest from the first few pages and kept it throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Blackburn | 12/15/2011

    " Excellent, one of the best books I have read. Cody McFadyen must really understand women, his writing from the female perspective is amazing. Great, believable characters throughout the trilogy. I have yet to read abandoned though. Looking forward to it. You won't be able to put this one down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/13/2011

    " Cody is a new author for me. Absolutely LOVED this book! Don't expect to get much done once you pick it up. Couldn't put down and ready to read the next book in this series. You won't be disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 12/9/2011

    " I hate when I figure out who the killer is really early on, but other than that this was a decent and gory entry in the "hunt for the serial killer" genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Colorado | 11/29/2011

    " Furchtbar drastische Morde und gleichzeitig extrem spannende Ermittler. Ich getraue es mich fast nicht zu sagen, aber ich will mehr davon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Bliga | 7/10/2011

    " What an awesome thriller. It was almost impossible to put down. I can't imagine the rest of the series is as good as this book was, but we will see. Smoky is one bad ass woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/27/2011

    " This is the best mystery thriller I have ever read! It keeps you reading and you don't want to stop! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/13/2011

    " wow and wow! i felt like i was actually in this book. it was fantastic and i can't wait to get the second one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/30/2011

    " Fast paced story of a serial killer. The killer's identity is pretty obvious. The interaction of the characters and
    their stories are what made this novel interesting for me.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 4/26/2011

    " Holy heck! This was an incredible page turner for me. From the 1st chapter I was sucked in!

    A bit gory but a great mystery and I did not see the twist coming at all. I love the way this author writes as Smoky. And hey - what a great name for a female detective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 4/19/2011

    " Got half way through this one and gave up. I had read Abandoned first and the events in Shadow Man are summarized, but not given away in this one. Sort of going back in time and filling in some of the gaps that I missed, but not enough to really keep me going. Too bad, Abandoned was a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elayne | 4/2/2011

    " The first in this wonderful series, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/26/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed it - was up way too late as the team worked hard to solve the crimes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellyf | 2/12/2011

    " Scared the heck out of me. Keep thinking I was hearing things in the house. Smokey is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sascha | 1/26/2011

    " Mhm... Well, I read Cupido before and there are so many parallels. It almost feels like a Copycat. This one is a bit more brutal I think but I still like Cupido better, more thrilling, better written somehow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 1/23/2011

    " really enjoyed this book it kept me engrossed the whole time gotta love when you get lost in a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva | 1/4/2011

    " Zie review The Face Of Death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene | 12/25/2010

    "

    very good......
    Gene.....

    "

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About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives.