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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.
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