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Bone Shadows: A John Santana Novel Paperback – October 1, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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(This was a book downloaded for my 90 year old grandfather, he is using my kindle. always asking for more books, never complains about what he read, always "yea that was a good... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mickey Parks
This is the fourth in the John Santana mystery series. John Santana is a good detective. He is not married, because he is afraid the drug cartel from Columbia will finally catch up... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Book Lover
Although this was the fourth book in the series, it was the first that I'd read. The author made enough references to previous books in the series that you didn't feel like you... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nancy Wiedenbeck
This is the first book I've read by Christopher. It won't be the last. I enjoyed it from start to finish.Published 23 days ago by Crazyman
I really liked this book. It was interesting all the way through. The pace of the story was great. I would read another book from this author.Published 2 months ago by K Kelly
I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND A LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE OF JOHN SANTANAPublished 2 months ago by giletta martin
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