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This is book number 2 in the Smoky Barrett series.

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This book must have the creepiest bad guy since Hannibal Lector.  You know when you go to the movies, and you think “Oh, no, they’re not gonna do that…” – and then they do?  That pretty much sums up the tone of this book.

Det. Smokey Barrett is called to the scene of a horrific crime, only to find a traumatized teen who can only tell her “the stranger” did it – again.

If you are a crime fiction reader, this book is among the very best.

— Jill


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. 

“I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll 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 he’s 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 nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll 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” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim—and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger—an 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 she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’ t have time to do anything but die.

About the Author

Cody McFadyen lives with his family in California. He is also the author of Shadow Man.

Praise For…

" McFadyen writes like a veteran, and Smoky proves that she’s a strong enough protagonist to support a series."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553589948
ISBN-10: 0553589946
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: July 29th, 2008
Pages: 624
Language: English
Series: Smoky Barrett