- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451200799
- ISBN-13: 978-0451200792
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 646 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,819,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recluse Raymond Hickle has his sick sights set on Kris Barwood, the stunning Los Angeles news anchor. Meanwhile, freelance private detective Abby Sinclair is hired to stalk the stalker. She moves into Hickle's apartment building, befriends him, spies on him and draws out the deepest secrets from himAall in the hopes of stopping him from eventually killing Barwood. Hickle's secret informant, Barwood's cheating husband, Sinclair's suspicious lover and a botched stalker case from four months ago further complicate matters. The story appears as if it's going to climax near the three-quarters point of the book, but then Prescott (Comes the Dark) plants a series of twists and turns that keeps his novel going strong for more than 100 additional pages. In fact, so convincing is Prescott's prose that it's initially difficult to accept that the primary plot surprise isn't a bluff by one of the main characters. By the time all the shadows have been hunted, only two are captured and killed. But while a low body count may be uncommon in some modern-day thrillers, the technique works in Prescott's favor, enabling him to weave brilliant elements of psychological horror into the standard hunter-and-hunted story. Agent, Jane Dystel. (June)
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The author developed Abby's character well; the emotionally sterile protagonist, the loner who focused on survival and not really living. The smooth, but vindictive Travis: a charming predator in his own right, intolerant of failure and bent on revenge. The newcaster, her husband, Hinkle, even Wyatt: all played skillfully into the story. I became angry when the author exposed the betrayal, but to me the emotion was a good thing. A good book gets you involved in the lives of the players so that you care about what happens to them. It elicits emotions so the story is meaningful and alive. Nice job!
Why not 5 stars? Well, there is no 4.9 option so I didn't have much other choice. And to be honest, I measure all of Mr. Prescott's books against his novel "Stealing Faces", which was nerve racking and my all-time suspense favorite.
The Shadow Hunter has great character development, good flow & pace, throws in a curve or two, good suspense and end well. Definitely worth your time and some space on your Kindle!
Abby's character is easy to like, I find myself wishing this would be a series. It was extremely suspenseful and at times very shocking. The idea of Abby's job, going undercover to dig up dirt on criminals, is absolutely fascinating. I found myself literally holding my breath at times when certain situations came up. As I was going through the book on my Kindle, I kept watching the percentage complete number because I couldn't figure out how the suspense was going to continue all the way through to the end. I ended up reading this book all in one day, I just couldn't put it down. I was also completely shocked by the identity of the traitor, and really wondered if (and how) Abby would figure it out.
All in all I can't possibly recommend this book more, it is absolutely fabulous. Thriller's are a dime a dozen, but this one is a gem!