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Shadow Season: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 27, 2009
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“In Piccirilli's brooding, character-driven chiller, former New York City cop Finn, recently blinded, wallows in his new role as an English teacher at a posh girls' boarding school….Terrified of solitude and driven by his cop instincts, Finn embarks on a wrenching journey that exposes the raw emotion of a man nearly destroyed by disability and circumstance.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Shadow Season has enough mystery, suspense, dread, and mayhem to satisfy nearly every crime fan....The blizzard ratchets up tension, as does our eagerness to learn why Finn wants to kill Ray….Terrific entertainment.”—Booklist
“Shadow Season is a brilliantly paced thriller, and the first book in a long time that I've stayed up all night reading….In the world Piccirilli has created, darkness takes many forms, both real and metaphorical. Make sure you have a bright reading lamp on your bedside table...you'll need it.”—Crimespree Magazine
“Shadow Season is a beautifully written thriller filled with heart and wit, sharp dialogue and characters you utterly believe in. A great ride.”—Robert Ferrigno, author of Heart of the Assassin
"Reading Shadow Season is like being put through an emotional wringer. Visceral. Savage. Intense. Powerful. Finn is a fascinating character...I can't think of another in recent memory with such a multi-faceted personality or more compelling mix of gut-level feelings."--Bill Pronzini, MWA Grandmaster
"Tom Piccirilli is at the forefront of the new breed of crime writers, welding his sense of history to a modern sensibility, creating a strong new voice."--Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition
“This is an intense thriller not for sissies….You will appreciate the portrayal of the main character Finn’s so-called disability, which really isn’t one given the way he knows how to utilize it. The entire plot never lets the reader take a breath and never lets up on the gut-wrenching emotional safari into Finn’s world of blackness. The dialogue, plot and the multi-layered character reveals itself to you with hammer blows page after page. Highly recommended for thriller fans who appreciate a quality read.”—The Coloradoan
“The book rockets along. This is an 'anyone can die at any time' thriller, and if you think you've figured out what's going on before it's all over, well, you're better at figuring than I am....Piccirilli's been establishing quite a nice reputation for himself, and this book will only add to that. Check it out.”—Bill Crider
“Shadow Season is Tom Piccirilli at his absolute best. It is an erotically charged and brutally violent novel that will please not only his fans, but should delight anyone who enjoys intelligently written, high octane thrillers. Shadow Season is highly recommended.”—Horror World
Top Customer Reviews
Christmas empties the school leaving a few loners with no place to go behind. A blizzard further isolates those still at the academy including Finn. However, the nurse and a student seem to have vanished. Almost immediately afterward, two thugs arrive demanding Finn pay his debt or else. As he fears for those trapped inside the school, he thinks of his detective partner Ray and how many ways he would relish killing him, but for now must somehow deal with the "ill will" of a killer leaving dead students and faculty in his or her wake.
This is an exciting action-packed thriller that hooks the audience from the moment Finn begins his musing and never slows down as the readers wonders why someone is mass murdering those trapped at the school. The story line is fast-paced once the characters are set and never slows down until the anticipated final confrontation with the ill wind and the academy's champion, a sort of good vs. evil battle on a small scale. SHADOW SEASON is an engaging tense tale as Tom Piccirilli provides a superb suspenseful story.
If you enjoy being dropped into a novel in what many authors might make the middle of the book, and if you enjoy a read which is like waking up in mid dream, you may indeed love this.
But if you are of the more straightforward persuasion and want stories to start at the beginning with some exposition of setting and character, you may, like me, really dislike it.
I think it may be trying to be both a literary fiction and an action book and for me, it did not work
Finn is blind, from a mysterious accident during his days on the force. 'Shadow Season' has you unfolding pages at a rapid pace just to find out Finn's past and why he's blind ... but that's only one reason for page turning.
As the day unfolds into a day of terror piled upon current events and past musings, the pieces will try to fall into place as Finn must put two and two together. How much of it is now and how much is the past? The catalyst is a strange, wounded hollar girl showing up in the snow as Finn makes his way through the raging blizzard. Her name is Harley Moon, and she issues dire warning to Finn, but her words are buried in riddles. Then the book really picks up the pace.
'Shadow Season' is a dark, mysterious read that has you turning pages rapidly, needing to find out more about Finn and the circumstances of the school, the girls, and the staff; and how all will correlate with his past. Chapters alternating between past and present tease you into continuing to read through the night. The ending is high octane and holds an unforgettable surprise. Piccarilli creates a languid tension in 'Shadow Season' that leaves a little lump in your throat as you read. His characters are fully fleshed and so likeable you can't stop reading about them.
The unique style of the book combined with Piccarilli's talent won't leave you disappointed. The style is a breath of fresh air and the content as gripping as a boa around your neck. Horror lovers and Suspense lovers alike should NOT miss out on this tasty treat. Piccarilli earns a solid 5 stars for this magnificent piece of literature. Enjoy!
Part one of Shadow Season starts a little slow without much action. Once you get to part two though the suspense really starts to build. By part three you are rocketing toward the deadly ending. Piccirilli is a fantastic storyteller and one of the top suspense writers around. Shadow Season will have you reading the last half of the book in one sitting.
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