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Bone Shadows (John Santana Novels) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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All evidence points to a tragic accident, but freelance award winning but defrocked reporter Jack Brody offers him a counter theory in which Scott was murdered by a serial killer working the I-94 corridor. Diligently John follows up on Brody's data with an interview of the parents of a drowning victim who send him to a private investigator Jordan Parrish they hired as they believe their son was murdered. Parrish tells John she thinks so also. FBI Agent Ed Kincaid warns John to back off or else. Having faced horror when he lived in Columbia, John refuses to quit as increasingly he believes Parrish and Brody are right.
The latest John Santana police procedural (see White Tombs, The Black Minute and Bad Weeds Never Die) is a superb detective tale starring a dedicated cop and a strong support cast; some of whom want him to take down a killer and others who hinder his inquiry. The storyline is fast-paced but provides a deep methodical investigation. With a romantic subplot that blends nicely into the thrilling tour of the Twin Cities, fans will appreciate Bone Shadows as Christopher Valen provides another great entry in a super series.
When the body of Scott Rafferty, age 23, is recovered from the Mississippi river, the initial reaction is death by suicide. Santana is not immediately buying into the fact that Rafferty's death is a suicide. Santana's past experience with suicide by drowning has been that of an orderly scene with the victims clothes removed and neatly folded. This is not the case with Rafferty's body.
Rafferty's father, Hank Rafferty, is a police officer and his wife, Rachel Hardin, is a Ramsey County Judge. Hank informs Santana that a drowning simply does not make sense. Hank states that Scott saw his mother drown and Scott has never liked water. Rachel Hardin, Scott's stepmother, explained that Scott was seeing a psychiatrist. Hank explained that the doctor was treating Scott for PTSDA (post traumatic stress disorder). Hanks said that Kimberly Dalton, Scott's girlfriend, had contacted him a few nights ago concerned that she had not heard from Scott. Hank suggested that she file a missing persons report.
As Santana is attempting to determine how to proceed with the investigation, he is approached by Jack Brody. Brody is a freelance journalist. Brody was once an award-winning reporter but he hasn't had a good story for awhile. He offers Santana a theory that there is a serial killer operating along the I-94 corridor. Jordan Parrish, a private investigator, hired by the parents of another victim tells Santana that she is in agreement with Brody.Read more ›
There is a nice sense of place (Twin Cities, Minnesota) and the story moves at a good pace.
The ending was very satisfying, especially to the romantic subplot. Is John Santana going to be able to get along with his new boss? I guess we'll have to wait for the next book in the series to find that out.
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I was not familiar with this author and was pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended. I'll be checking out more of this authorPublished on July 15, 2013 by Denis Odea
I love Christopher Valen. His writing style is fluid, descriptive and appealing. I have read all the John Santana books. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Jill B.
Awesome book! I didn't know who was the REAL bad guy till the very end! I hate books that I can predict, but this wasn't one of them and neither have any of Valen's other books... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by dwhit
Another great book by Christopher Valen. I was thrilled to follow the continuing excitement in the career of John Santana. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by G'ma
After four John Santana novels, I'm totally invested in Valen's main character. The forensics in Bone Shadows is worth the read alone. Can't wait for the fifth book!Published on January 9, 2013 by Marilyn J. Rausch, Co-author of the Can Be Murder Series