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Book 4 of 6 in the John Santana Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: A John Santana Novel (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Conquill Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980001757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980001754
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent. Compelling story of justice. Easy to follow storyline with plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Informative, realistic dialogue.

I wish the author had included information links for veterans support groups.

This is book 4 of the John Santana series. I have not read any of the previous novels. Fortunately this one reads as a complete story and no cliff-hanger.

I will re-read this story and look forward to more works by this author.
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Bone Shadows is very well done in a number of levels. Let's start with the writing - it's very tight and sucks you right in to the story. You won't want to put this one down.

Next, the premise - on the surface it looks very similar to urban legend concerning college-age men disappearing from bars and turning up drowned days later. Mr. Valen runs with this on the surface.

Then - twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end.

Add in a protaganist you can't help but like, and you have Bone Shadows. Well played, Mr. Valen. Well played.
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St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana investigates the apparent downing death in the Mississippi River due to alcohol of twenty-three year old Scott Rafferty. John interviews the victim's parents (narcotics cop Hank Rafferty and Judge Rachel Harper) and girlfriend Kimberly Dalton, daughter of a cop; as well as psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Roth who the deceased Iraqi vet was seeing for PTSD.

All evidence points to a tragic accident, but freelance award winning but defrocked reporter Jack Brody offers him a counter theory in which Scott was murdered by a serial killer working the I-94 corridor. Diligently John follows up on Brody's data with an interview of the parents of a drowning victim who send him to a private investigator Jordan Parrish they hired as they believe their son was murdered. Parrish tells John she thinks so also. FBI Agent Ed Kincaid warns John to back off or else. Having faced horror when he lived in Columbia, John refuses to quit as increasingly he believes Parrish and Brody are right.

The latest John Santana police procedural (see White Tombs, The Black Minute and Bad Weeds Never Die) is a superb detective tale starring a dedicated cop and a strong support cast; some of whom want him to take down a killer and others who hinder his inquiry. The storyline is fast-paced but provides a deep methodical investigation. With a romantic subplot that blends nicely into the thrilling tour of the Twin Cities, fans will appreciate Bone Shadows as Christopher Valen provides another great entry in a super series.

Harriet Klausner
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Liked this one from page one. Spoiler alert.

This one starts with in winter with St. Paul Police Department Homicide Detective John Santana at Mississippi River where a body has been found.

Reiko Tanabe, the Ramsey county Medical Examiner is on site. From the condition of the body she tells Santana he was alive when he hit the water and tried to save himself. Santana is wondering if this is a suicide, accident or murder.

John Santana is from Columbia where his mother murdered. John killed the two men who killed her when he was sixteen years old. The two men were part of a drug cartel and John is always on alert because the relatives of those men want him dead. Johns sister lives in another country because the two of them will never be able to live close to each other again. John will do what it takes to protect his sister and himself.

Most call the death of the man and accident or suicide. None of them think it was murder. Santana doesn't quite know what to think until he's approached by a reporter named Brody. A Brody who has been following the stories of men pulled out of the river. Loads of those men were Iraq and Afghanistan vets just as Scott Rafferty, the man John is investigating was.

Brody shows Santana what he has and Santana can see what he's talking about but until he investigates he's not drawing any conclusions. Brody is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist who wants to write a book about what he's been investigating. He thinks there is a serial killer out there targeting these men, young vets, for murder.

John Santana will be investigating and what a deep dark mess he lands in.

So begins one damned fine read.
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I must say I enjoyed the writing style of Christopher Valen, everything was clear and succinct, flowing smoothly from scene to scene. There were plenty of suspects to keep me guessing. The scenes involving violence were just perfect, not over the top with gratuitous blood and gore. I caerd about Detective Santana and worried about his lacking love life as well as his safety! This is the first book that I've read by this author and I would not hesitate to read more of his work. I'd give it another 1/2 star if they'd let me!
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This is a good read about a cop. John Santana who knows a thing or two about the hunt for a killer and the hunted who are hiding from a killer. Santana is trying to find out why so many young men are dying before their time, and how they end up drowned. He is charged with finding out the cause why a son of a fellow cop has gone missing and is later found drowned with a high amount of a drug which is being researched for treatment of PTSD. Do we want a drug that will wipe out horrific memories or are we better off without that option? Christopher Valen tells us in his notes that indeed such research is actually taking place, and that it is true that many Midwestern young men have gone missing, only later to be declared dead by drowning. I know of at least two cases here in the Chicago area in recent years, young men who were in college but after visiting Chicago and leaving their hotel, they disappear, only to be found months later drowned. The truth is more sinister than this book. This author has won many awards for his writing, to which I must agree; he is an excellent author..
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