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The Shadow Chaser #1 (Crime, legal thriller (mystery, medical)) [Kindle Edition]

John Matthews
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Bold and different. A rollercoaster thrill ride against a backdrop of genetics research straight out of today’s headlines. Should appeal to fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook.
- Metro.

** NOTE **

The Shadow Chaser #1 is part of a two book set. Book #1 has a build up of events and characters which then leads into book #2. While a number of issues are resolved in book #1, both books should be read for the full resolution on all issues.

Book #1 is approx 85,000 words (200 pages) and book #2 95,000 words (240 pages). Both books #1 and #2 are available on kindle.


Andre Lemoine, one of the world's leading geneticists, is on the verge of the medical breakthrough of the century: a link with rare primates that could unlock a vital key in the search for a cure for AIDS and cancer.

But part of Andre's quest is driven by a pressing medical threat within his own family, and when his breakthrough brings him into conflict with two ambitious ruthless rivals - it plunges Andre into the race of his life; a race which takes Andre from the dark jungles of Africa and Brazil to the seamy backstreets of Paris and Philadelphia. A nightmare world of thieves, hookers and pimps, lab bombers and FBI agents - far removed from the safety of his lab bench.

For Andre the stakes have never been higher. Because, as the threat to those Andre loves looms stronger, it becomes a race through the shadows of his family's dark past to, ultimately, face death head-on.


A thumping great read and a terrific tale, terrifically told.
- Ireland on Sunday.

Bold and different. A rollercoaster thrill ride against a backdrop of genetics research straight out of today’s headlines. Should appeal to fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook.
- Metro.

A novelist of real accomplishment.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 12 languages with total sales of 1.2 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

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About the Author

As well as being a novelist, John Matthews is an experienced journalist, editor and publishing consultant. He lives in Surrey with his wife and son. He is also the author of Past Imperfect and The Last Witness.

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  • File Size: 1679 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071MPI9S
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, but a little overworked. February 4, 2012
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I liked the concept of this book, but really struggled with completing it. The first half of the book was very slow and hard to get into. As I finished the book I was disappointed to realize that most of the first half of the book really could have been left out entirely. The main character Andre, starts the book looking for a cure for AIDS in order to save his adopted son Eban. After reading the entire first half of the book, Andre doesn't find the cure and Eban dies. Then Andre ends up searching for the cure for cancer (which made no sense to me because in the first half he had basically found the cure for AIDS and just drops it altogether). Now Andre spends the second half of the book trying to find the cure for cancer in order to save his biological son Joel, who has leukemia all the sudden. I actually liked the second half of the book, and enjoyed the story line it followed. As I read the book I felt like the author didn't think the book was going to be long enough, so he kept adding things that would make it a longer read without really being vital to the concept of the book. The writing was good and I think the author has a good future, but just needs to learn to edit content a little better and keep out the "fluff" that isn't really needed to make the book great. Drop the first half of this book and make it about Joel. Also, the story line with Eric was unneeded as was the storyline about 'who da daddy'. Keep it simple and important without trying to over do it and you will make it far!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold cutting-edge thriller February 22, 2012
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Fast-paced and bold, they don't come much better than this. Andre Lemoine has a hectic life. With one brother a priest, another a thief, and estranged from his neurotic wife, Andre's work becomes his escape: trying to save a young African boy, Eban, from Aids, and by extension find a key cure.

But as his own son develops leukaemia, those battles come closer to home. I like the way the author uncovers a mess of dark family secrets as he traces their genetic roots - though one of the most memorable scenes for me was him trying frantically to track down an African-born hooker apparently immune to Aids who has since disappeared. This means Andre leaving the safety of his lab to venture into the dark back-streets, reminding me of another doctor-in jeopardy favourite of mine: Coben's Tell No One. Amongst all the mayhem and action, some good insight into current day genetic research.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very choppy February 2, 2012
By Laura
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This book jumps back and forth from one setting to the other constantly, very hard to stay with it, won't finish.
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I liked this so much that I had to get the second book after I read this one. This book was actually the better of the two and it can stand on its own, but you won't want to leave it there, when you know there is more to the story. It had a lot of cutting edge science references and medical suspense. as teams around the world compete for a coveted award in medical research leading to a cure for cancer. This lends itself to all kinds of interesting side plots and characters willing to risk every thing to discover the next cure or to claim a Nobel prize. This book is definitely a page turner with plenty of twists and turns to keep you up at night reading. . If you like medical plots, corporate espionage and books by Michael Crichton, this is for you!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Women issues? April 29, 2012
By BookMom
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I get the feeling Matthews got seriously screwed over by a woman or two in his past, and they are portrayed here. I sincerely hopes he doesn't see all women like he writes the main female characters in this novel, because they are just awful people. I liked the medical mystery aspect and enjoyed the writing tone/style. But I had to put the book down for two reasons: I'm very sensitive to reading about or watching kids suffer, so when the kids started getting sick it got difficult for me; adding in the fact that the women were so hateful, they made my skin crawl just pushed me over the edge.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high-tech Sci-Fi June 29, 2012
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Thank goodness, a science fiction that isn't space opera - it seems that these days a lot of people think that the definition of science fiction is only aliens and outer space - which it isn't !! It was extremely well written and well edited. It's an intelligent read so won't suit everyone. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion on Shadow Chaser June 12, 2013
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Way to out there, there was no type of closure at the end it went right into the next book, to be continued type thing, was not interested enough to go forward with the "to be continued" next book that was available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Got off to a great start (shades of Harvest Home) March 15, 2015
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Got off to a great start (shades of Harvest Home), but then the plot completely collapsed into a woeful sci-fi. I ploughed through it, but ultimately found it disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very deep story.
Published 4 months ago by Darlene Stankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Chased
Wonderful book! Suspense, mystery medical drama all rolled into one. A joy to read. Look forward to reading #2 to find the answers.
Published 14 months ago by Jennifer Lugtu
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK!
This book kept my attention and I enjoyed the characters. Would recommend, though I thought there was a bit too much scene description. Will read more by this author.
Published 15 months ago by Kacee
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of the true face of big pharma opportunists
What is the difference between help and betrayal, what it takes to find a cure for a sickness which tolls about 40percent of the population. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is the book that starts it all - you WILL need to read the other 2 books. I finished all three within 2 weeks. It was awesome.
Published 19 months ago by Ramona Reuben
4.0 out of 5 stars #2 in the series is also worth the read
# 1 in series complete in itself but you should also read # 2. Thought provoking concept. A God read.
Published 20 months ago by Louis De Sheplo
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Thought Stream
Hate to admit it but only survived 25% of this book and finally had to say "no more". I read every page of every book and this is the first book I can remember since 1989... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story to the very end.
This story seemed to wander a bit but in the end was a good read. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Larry Wayment
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on for the ride!
Hold on to your hats with this one. Andre Lemoine's life is hectic to say the least. Between battling to save the world from AIDS (and later cancer) and a neurotic ex-wife, it's a... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by bookleprechaun
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More About the Author

As any Hollywood executive will tell you, there are three main acts in a film - and I suppose it could be said that my writing career has followed the same path.

The first act was two novels written in my twenties, Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Published by Hutchinson/Arrow Books in London, both did well, selling 100,000 plus. But I became distracted with other publishing ventures and didn't return to writing novels for some while.

That return (Act Two, if you will), was with one of my strongest books to date, Past Imperfect. A crime thriller with a difference - think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King, but with an atmospheric 1960s French setting - Past Imperfect went on to sell over 500,000 copies in 8 countries. The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day followed in similar crime-thriller style. This in turn led to me penning a film treatment for Past Imperfect and also a fresh film script, 'Blind School' (Act Three).

Part of this has also involved a book in a different style, crossing the mythology-political thriller genre, which has been particularly succesful with foreign rights sales, adding Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and Bulgaria to my existing list of teritories. Putting my back-list on Kindle - which has seen the three titles so far listed all in the top-ten legal thrillers list on Amazon (again!). And finally penning a new novel in collaboration with TV producer Richard Belfield (for which we've become J.R. Mattfeld) to kick-start a crime-detective series set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper (yes, you heard right!). More on that later...

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