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Stealing Shadows: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Kay Hooper
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August 29, 2000 Bishop/Special Crimes Unit
What if you can enter a madman's cruel mind as he plans his vicious crimes? What if you can see the terrified face of his prey as he moves in for the kill—but you can't stop his frenzy once he strikes?

Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers—until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie's abilities know few boundaries. And she's become certain—as no one else can be—that a murderer is stalking Ryan's Bluff.

It's his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn't know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won't even listen to her—until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty...because if he senses her within him, he'll trap her there, so deep she'll never find her way out.

In Stealing Shadows, Kay Hooper introduces FBI agent Noah Bishop, whose rare gift for seeing what others do not helps him solve the most puzzling cases. Now, Bishop's adventures continue in two new electrifying tales of psychic suspense.

Beware of what you see. It's dawn when the police arrive at the murder scene. The victim is propped against a tree, her eyes still open, her head tilted, her lips parted in a silent cry. Just as Cassie Neill predicted. Just as she saw while she was inside the killer's mind. The killer knew she was there. And next time he won't let her get away.

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From Publishers Weekly

Even though psychic Cassie Neill has traveled more than 3,000 miles away from Los Angeles, she finds that she cannot escape her destiny, any more than victims can escape the serial killer stalking the small town of Ryan's Bluff, N.C. Having retreated to an isolated home left to her by an aunt she never met, Cassie thinks she may have found peace at last. Her psychic ability to connect with the minds of killers and to see through their eyes has allowed Cassie to save lives, while all but destroying her own. Ryan's Bluff seems like the perfect hideaway, but it is not long before Cassie is plagued by visions once again. Cassie knows that local officials will be skeptical of her abilities, particularly since her aunt, also a psychic, was considered the town eccentric. So she goes to Judge Ben Ryan for help. When her claims that a murder is about to take place prove true, cynical town sheriff Matt Dunbar grudgingly accepts her help. In spite of occasional stiff dialogue and some clich?d language, Hooper (Haunting Rachel) constructs a fast-paced, suspenseful plot in this first book of her new series. She does a skillful job of making Cassie's psychic abilities seem like fact rather than fiction, explaining carefully how it is that Cassie can enter the mind of a serial killer and how she might get trapped there. And while the budding romance between Cassie and Ben is awkward and their dialogue seems forced, the story's complicated and intriguing twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the chilling ending. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The first in a planned "thrill-ogy" of suspense novels, this is a serial killer tale charged with deeply felt dread and romance that will steal readers' hearts. Cassie Neill has inherited a psychic gift from her mother that is a mixed blessing at best because it enables her to enter the minds of serial rapists and killers. From her aunt, she inherits a house tucked away in a corner of quiet little Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina, where she takes refuge, hoping to distance herself from the grueling work she's done for the Los Angeles Police Department. But, just as there's no rest for the weary, there's no rest for the wicked either, and visions of a deranged man's plans to kill prompt Cassie to visit Ben Ryan, the small town's prosecuting attorney. Skeptical but interested, Ben finds himself drawn toward the oddly bewitching Cassie, just as she is pulled ever further into the psychotic soul of evil. Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553575538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553575538
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KAY HOOPER is the award-winning author of Sleeping with Fear, Stealing Shadows, and more than ten other novels of suspense and intrigue along with dozens of other books. She lives in North Carolina.

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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL AND FAST-PACED September 1, 2000
By Nick G
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Psychic Cassie Neill has made a career of helping the L.A. police department catch killers-a career that she puts aside after a terrible mistake leaves a child dead.
Cassie decides to start over by moving to the small town of Ryan's Bluff, but to her surprise, a killer is loose in the town, and Cassie has tapped into his mind-seeing the victims...before, during and after their deaths.
For fear no one will believe her, Cassie, turns to the one man she thinks she can trust, judge Ben Ryan.
Not knowing what to think, Ben is intrigued by Cassie's story, and when some local girls start turning up dead he realizes he will need her help to stop this monster.
Combining the story line of the killer, and some mysterious history to Cassie's family past; "Stealing Shadows" keeps readers guessing until the end. It is a fast-paced novel that will undoubtly be read in one sitting.
Kay Hooper is making the jump into thriller territory ruled by Tami Hoag, and she is making this jump successfully.
Readers will enjoy this novel, and look forward to the next two in the series being released in October and November.
Nick Gonnella
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! September 10, 2000
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Kay Hooper has always been an excellent author, but she has outdone herself in Stealing Shadows. Ms. Hooper is apparently making her move from romance to thriller in an exciting book that will keep you glued to an explosive story that involves an intriguing cast of characters.
Psychic Cassie Neill moves to a small, secluded town in North Carolina from L.A. after she misreads the mind of a serial killer that results in the death of an innocent child. Blaming herself, she wants to isolated herself from the world and never be called upon to experience the terror she feels when using her psychic ability to enter the mind of a killer. Her aunt, who had spent the last twenty years hiding from the world because of her own psychic abilities has left her a house in the isolated countryside upon her death. Luck goes against Cassie as she begins to experience visions of a madman who is about to begin a killing spree. Cassie, knowing what skeptism is instored for her, goes to the local sheriff and prosecutor trying to warn them of what is ahead. Expressing doubt and disbelief, they are stunned to find out Cassie is right. There is a serial killer amid their small town stalking and brutally murdering women.
Kay Hooper has written one of the best novels I've read this year--if not the best. It amazes me how she has taken such a large, complex cast of characters, intertwined their lives, and still maintained the high level of terror and suspence in the plot. The suspense in this book never lets up. I'm glad there are two more novels folloing this one. I can't wait to see what Ms. Hooper has instored for her readers.
Grab this book, isolate yourself for a couple of hours, and get ready for one of the most exciting stories you'll ever read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic September 9, 2000
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Telepath Cassie Neil knows the potential cost of helping the police catch the monsters butchering and killing innocent people. She realizes she risks her mind and her soul every time she goes into the mind of these beasts. A soul weary Cassie has entered the brains of too many malevolent beings. She quits the deadly game and moves to quiet Ryan's Bluff, North Carolina.

Cassie finds some peace and tranquility for the first time since she first hunted psychopaths. However, her rest and relaxation abruptly ends when a local resident relishes his first kill. Cassie taps inside the twisted pervert's mind and learns he will turn into a killing machine unless stopped. After the town sheriff rebuffs her appeal, Cassie asks Judge Ben Ryan for help. He believes her, especially when the killings start. Together they seek a homicidal murderer terrorizing the community.

Kay Hooper's books always contain a special spark so that her current powerful and fascinating tale will not surprise anyone. The para-psychic heroine comes across as vulnerable, leading to readers feeling very sympathetic towards her demons. The story line takes an unexpected twist, especially in the climax. STEALING SHADOWS steals the hearts of its audience as few novels can.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fast-Paced Read!! January 23, 2005
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Ms. Hooper is an automatic buy for me when it comes to her romantic paranormal suspense reads. As per usual I've come to this series in a roundabout way but lo and behold I seem to have picked this series up in order.

Cassie Neill is a psychic that just wants peace and quite in her life. After a case goes bad she runs as far and as fast as she can to North Carolina. Here she finds a small little town and the peace that she seeks. Or at least she did until a serial killer starts hunting in her backyard and killing neighbors. This is all bad enough until the killer connects with Cassie. Now she feels obiligated to help and goes to Ben Ryan hoping he will understand her talents and accept her help.

Ben Ryan is drawn to Cassie. He knows that she is the real deal and he doesn't want her tangling with the mind of a serial killer. Unfortunatly what he wants and what he gets are two different things. Now as more and more dead bodies turn up and the fear and anger of the town increases his self appointed job of keeping Cassie safe is getting harder and harder to achieve. Than the unexpected happens will Ben be able to save the life of the first woman he's ever loved?

This was a very fast-paced read and it goes without say that the storyline was unique and engrossing. Ms. Hooper is a truly talented author and her characters are larger than life and very vivid. As a result the reader will easily be transport to Ryans Bluff, North Carolina and the make believe world that Ms. Hooper has created.

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