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Set in a not too distant future after human cloning is legalized, this debut thriller is a disquieting pseudo-scientific meditation on what happens when the teenage daughter of a leading fertility specialist is brutally murdered and her father uses his professional skills and a bit of DNA extracted from the death scene to create a copy of her killer. Unlucky, unlikely Justin Finn is the result of Dr. Davis Moore's faith that one day hell look into the eyes and soul of the man who raped and strangled Anna Kat and understand what drove him to do it. His plan destroys his marriage, compromises his professional ethics, and threatens his own life, but all these complications pale next to the repercussion his efforts to clone Anna Kat's murderer have on the young man whose future is as predestined as his origins. Despite the shades of Robin Cook that hover over this intricately woven and unsettling mystery, Guilfoile's pacing is solid, his characterizations well drawn, and his own future as a writer assured. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Chicago fertility doctor Davis Moore specializes in helping infertile couples have babies through cloning. When his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered, he hatches an unscrupulous plan to use one of his fertility clients to raise a child spawned from the killer's DNA, which was found on his daughter's body. His plan is to monitor the boy's growth and someday look into the eyes of his daughter's killer. Veteran actor and audiobook narrator James, who some may recognize as Judge Kevin Beck from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, ably portrays Moore's feelings of anxiety, guilt and anticipation. Though he doesn't wow listeners with the versatility of his voice, his subtle approach blends so well with the story that the narration becomes almost transparent. All in all, James's competent, well-paced narration makes for a pleasant, if not remarkable, listen. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 31).
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An interesting story. It kept me guessing - my kind of book.Published 4 months ago by Edward S Worst
I loved it... I got the audible edition and it was about 18 hours long but worth every minute of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Scholze
What drew me to this novel was the contemporary theme which was so vividly described that it stayed in my mind once the novel ended. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by michael a. draper
I read a lot of thrillers. This is one of the most gripping I've read in years. It combines elements of the best of Michael Crichton, Michael Connelly, and perhaps Robin Cook. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by T. Stroll
This book by Guilfoile is a very interesting read. The thesis is certainly new and fresh, because a cloned child is in the mix of motives and themes. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by J. Robert Ewbank
I found the book suspenseful, surprising, creative and thought provoking. At times I had some difficulty following the various storylines, but it was well worth it. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Beatrix Potter
I bought this book when it first came out based on reviews in the Chicago Tribune, which praised it quite highly. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by S. D. Beallis
Even though I'm a little late to the party (this book came out a few years ago), I'm very happy I found the time to read the debut from Kevin Guilfoile. Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by William F. Aicher
Kevin Guilfoile's superb novel Cast of Shadows explores the consequences of a vicious crime, the rape and murder of seventeen-year-old Anna Kat. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Debra Hamel