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Shadows of the Dead

Special Tracking Unit #3

by Spencer Kope

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Shadows of the Dead by Spencer Kope
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  • Publishes in USA 
    Aug 25, 2020
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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The best tracker in the world, a man with a secret and a special set of skills, must find two nearly untraceable killers before time runs out for their victims, in Spencer Kope's Shadows of the Dead.

A woman―abducted and found in the trunk of a car after a high-speed chase―regains consciousness in the ICU to reveal two crucial pieces of information: the man who kidnapped her is not the same as the man who left her in the woods, and she's not the first victim―in fact, she is number eight.

Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Known for his ability to find and follow trails over any surface, Steps is called in on cases that require his unparalleled skills. But there's a secret to his talent. Steps has a kind of synesthesia where he can see the 'essence' of a person―what he calls 'shine'―on everything they've touched.

Brought in to track the driver through a dense forest after the blood hounds have lost his trail, Steps and his partner Jimmy find the driver laughing maniacally, babbling about souls, and hiding a pristinely maintained box of eight posed rats. Now the Special Tracking Unit must chase two villains―through not just the real world, but the dark web as well―tracking an enemy they can't see, as time runs out for the unknown victims.

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"[R]elentless...By layering Craig's skill with traditional FBI procedural techniques, Kope has created something truly special." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Creepy set pieces alternate with warm, sometimes funny interactions between the dogged agents. No computer skills required." - Kirkus Reviews

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Spencer Kope

Spencer Kope is the Crime Analyst for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Currently assigned to Detectives Division, he provides case support to detectives and deputies, and is particularly good at identifying possible suspects. In his spare time he developed a database-driven analytical process called Forensic Vehicle Analysis (FVA) used to identify the make, model and year range of vehicles from surveillance photos. It's a tool he's used repeatedly to solve crimes. One of his favorite pastimes is getting lost in a bookstore, and he lives in Washington State.

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