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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (June 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455842338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455842339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a skip tracer, single mother Sarah Keller tracks down slippery criminals who have gone on the lam. But Keller becomes a target of pursuit herself when, in a heart-stopping moment, she saves her dying sister Beth’s baby girl, Zoe, from a doomed fate: life with her father, Nolan, who murdered Beth. In the months following the dramatic rescue, Sarah settles into a relatively tranquil life in Oklahoma City, minding her own business and doing her job. But when Zoe lands in the hospital after a bus accident, medical tests call into question Sarah’s rights as mother to the child. Soon she finds herself on the run from Nolan and his crazy family. Though she knows just about every trick for evading capture, Sarah only manages to stay one step and breath ahead of her enemies. Help comes in unlikely forms (a nun in New Mexico, for one), but Sarah lives in perpetual fear of being caught—or worse. Edgar Award winner Gardiner (Ransom River, 2012) steadily ratchets up the suspense in this taut stand-alone tale. --Allison Block --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Edgar Award-winner Gardiner steadily ratchets up the suspense in this taut stand-alone tale Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Meg Gardiner is the author of twelve thrillers, including the Evan Delaney series and the Jo Beckett novels. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She's also a three time Jeopardy! champion. She lives in Austin, Texas.

China Lake won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original.

The Dirty Secrets Club won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of 2008.

The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. The Shadow Tracer was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013.

Her latest novel is Phantom Instinct.

Customer Reviews

The story was good and will keep your interest until the end.
mary payton
It became a bit of an effort to keep my brain focused on the scene and I found myself skimming a little bit just to make it end a little faster.
Donna C
I've got nothing more to say and am now just trying to get the 10 words required do that I can submit this!
Felicity Gibney

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By book lover on July 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you want realistic and believable fiction, this is not for you. If you want realistic and believable characters, this book is not for you. If you like nonstop high-action cat and mouse stories, yes, you'd probably like this book. It's the sort of story where bullets ricochet off rivets in someone's jeans. I had high hopes for the book at the beginning, but they faded as the story progressed. Lone brave and skillful woman against several types of cops and bad guy cult members who have resources beyond that of NSA. There were also plot points that made the whole story seem stupid. A woman has planned for years to run and hide and disappear if necessary. She has multiple prepaid cards and phones and fake ids etc. And what's she do? She gets cash out of an ATM using her own bank card. That's how the bad guys find her. And a bank officer readily gives information to the bad guy about this woman. It's readable enough but annoying too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Shadow Tracer is a rare stand alone thriller from author Meg Gardiner who is best known for her popular series, one which features Jo Beckett, a forensic psychologist, and the other, Evan Delany a journalist with a law degree.

The protagonist in The Shadow Trace is skip tracer, Sarah Keller. Since the night Sarah sister was murdered and she was forced to flee with her newborn niece, Sarah has been careful to remain off the grid. For five years she has been living under an alias, raising Zoe as her own, staying one step ahead of the violent, criminal cult that want to claim Zoe for the family when a minor accident, which leads to Zoe being hospitalised for treatment, uncovers a shocking secret and with their cover threatened, Sarah is forced to take Zoe and run.

The cult wants Zoe not only because she is family and therefore one of God's 'chosen people' but also because she is unknowingly a key to part of their criminal enterprises. Without the intervention of a rogue FBI agent with vengeance on his mind, Sarah and Zoe may have stood a chance of escaping the clan's assassins but Agent Harker's single minded agenda complicates everything.

Sarah is uniquely placed to avoid the attention of those who are pursuing her and Zoe having spent her years on the run working as a skip tracer. There is just enough character development to make sense of Sarah's motivations. I really liked the way in which she was portrayed as capable, resourceful and fiercely protective of Zoe. Yet despite the burner phones and untraceable pre-paid credit cards, with both the clan and the FBI hunting her, Sarah is forced to reach out to US Marshal Michael Lawless, despite being wary of him and his motives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on July 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Shadow Tracer starts as a very interesting don't want to stop turning the pages read. Basically Sarah Keller a process server serves the mistress of a doctor, who has been ducking a court order to be interviewed by a defence team. I didn't quite understand how just giving someone on the run a set of papers solved that matter, since surely they still wouldn't turn up but that's not important for the plot. The problem for Sarah is that while she's getting into a fight with the mistress, her five year old daughter was in a school bus crash and you guessed it, her doctor is the very guy who was angry with those events. He's going to make sure every little i is dotted and t is crossed when an x-ray shows a microchip inside her daughter, to make matters worse for Sarah, her daughter Zoe's blood type proves she is not the biological mother. Even though Sarah is pleading with him that by detaining her Zoe's life is in danger, the doctor of course wants his vengeance.

Shadow Tracer then becomes an on the run from the police as well as an evil cult adventure. It's good for a while but when Sarah and Zoe arrive in New Mexico (about half way through the book) the quality of the book drops off dramatically. Sure a fight scene with a doll is quite amusing from the public's reaction but the whole book seems to become very cartoon believability wise from then on. The villains (cult members) were very Saturday morning cartoon villain like (albeit a bit more violent). There are aspects like, why are there no staff around in places they should be, that Sarah and Zoe end up at? I just didn't find the book that enjoyable for the second half, it certainly wasn't believable at all, which was a shame because I really enjoyed the first half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on August 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
How did we end up here?

The publicist from Dutton sent me over some information and asked me if I wanted to read it. After looking at the blurb it sounded like something I would enjoy so I accepted. It's as simple as that.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

Within the first fifty pages Sarah's on the run with Zoe and the poop has properly embedded itself in the rotating device. The first handful of pages actually open with a glimpse into Sarah's job, which was interesting in and of itself: she's a skip tracer, basically hunting down people who are trying to evade court (but not a bail bondsman, that's a different game). She has to get a little sleazy in order to get her job done but she does it and that sleaze is a bit of a hook. In hindsight you don't really see enough of Sarah's job in order to relate it to her situation but it still acts as a good segue and her acting is indicative of what's she's been doing the last five years of her life.

What worked . . .

The action what non-stop and I really liked how as the plot unfolded the level of people with something invested in the outcome of this whole situation multiplied. At first you get this scope zooming in on just Sarah and Zoe but by the end of the book you might as well me looking through a bucket with the bottom missing. With the number of people convening on this thing it's a miracle it stayed quiet for as long as it did.

I also really liked the screwed up element of the Worthe clan. I don't know if this was part of a bigger story from a book past but it was the spine that kept the story together. I just wish there was more to it.
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