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Product Details

  • Series: John Santana Novels
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Conquill Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980001757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980001754
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even if the victim suffered from PTSD, St. Paul homicide detective John Santana doesn't believe Scott Rafferty's drowning death was a suicide. It turns out that several young men have died in the Mississippi over the past few months, and something about the circumstances doesn't ring true. Confronted by roadblocks, Santana goes a bit rogue, aligning with a PI hired by another victim's family and with a reporter harboring a conspiracy theory. When they realize all the victims belonged to veterans' support groups and discover that the therapists were using their patients as subjects for brain research, the whole conspiracy idea doesn't sound so crazy. Without much warning, Santana's case mushrooms into a full-fledged thriller (complete with a high body count) guaranteed to hold readers' attention until the last page. -VERDICT This is the fourth outing (after Bad Weeds Never Die) for the intriguing police detective whose Colombian roots inform his perspective. Valen could lighten up on the information dumps, but his highly moral Santana character is golden. The bio-thriller element compares well with Howard Shrier's Boston Cream and Merry Jones's Summer Session and, for military conspiracy, Thomas Schreck's Getting Dunn. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Christopher Valen is a graduate of the Citizen's Academy at the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department. He has worked with juvenile delinquents and as a teacher, administrator and college professor. His first novel featuring St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana won the 2008 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery and the 2008 Garcia Award for Best Fiction. His second book in the series, The Black Minute, was released in September 2009. It won the 2009 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery and was also one of three finalists for the 2009 Midwest Book Award. The third Santana novel, Bad Weeds Never Die, was released September 2011. It won the 2011 Rebecca's Reads Written Art Award for Best Mystery/Thriller and the 2011 Reader Views Literary Award for Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year. The fourth Santana novel, Bone Shadows, was released in October 2012. Bone Shadows won the 2012 Best Mystery/Thriller Award from Reader Views and Rebecca's Reads and the 2012 Midwest Book Award for Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year. Christopher lives with his wife, Martha, near St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information please visit www.christophervalen.com

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Can't wait for the fifth book!
Marilyn J. Rausch, Co-author of the Can Be Murder Series
Christopher Valen is a great writer, and I have read all 4 books in his series.
G'ma
Great story and character development, good pace, and it kept me guessing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana investigates the apparent downing death in the Mississippi River due to alcohol of twenty-three year old Scott Rafferty. John interviews the victim's parents (narcotics cop Hank Rafferty and Judge Rachel Harper) and girlfriend Kimberly Dalton, daughter of a cop; as well as psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Roth who the deceased Iraqi vet was seeing for PTSD.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Millie Burns on October 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I must say I enjoyed the writing style of Christopher Valen, everything was clear and succinct, flowing smoothly from scene to scene. There were plenty of suspects to keep me guessing. The scenes involving violence were just perfect, not over the top with gratuitous blood and gore. I caerd about Detective Santana and worried about his lacking love life as well as his safety! This is the first book that I've read by this author and I would not hesitate to read more of his work. I'd give it another 1/2 star if they'd let me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VZ on November 6, 2012
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"Bone Shadows" is the best John Santana novel yet. Great story and character development, good pace, and it kept me guessing. Great book and series of books for mystery fans. Looking forward to the next John Santana novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia E. Reid on October 11, 2012
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John Santana is a homicide detective in St. Paul, Minnesota and is very good at his job. However, there is a lot more to Santana than just his job. Born in Columbia, Santana lives under a cloud knowing that at any time his deeds in Columbia prior to fleeing the country can come back to haunt him and seek revenge.

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.
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By Denis Odea on July 15, 2013
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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 author
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I love Christopher Valen. His writing style is fluid, descriptive and appealing. I have read all the John Santana books. No spoilers here - but each book is solid, interesting and leaves you ready for the next installment. Thank you Mr. Valen for my new favorite series.
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