The Face of Death (Smoky Barrett, #2)
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The Face of Death (Smoky Barrett #2)

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In Shadow Man, Cody McFadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. Get ready for a shattering confrontation wi...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2007)
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Debby
I've never read anything by Cody MdFadyen before. WOW!! In my opinion, he is right up there with Harlan Coben, Dennis Lehane, Ridley Pearson to name a few.
I'm generally turned off by boks and movites that have gratuitous violance/blood and guts in them that isn't supported by a great plot and character depth. This book was intriguing to me from the beginning. The antagonist in this book really was evil personified and I think that is what captivated me, to be honest. To see how evil works in a...more
Ivana S.

Wow! This was both exciting and terrifying.

I was hooked after first crime scene description – it was so well done that I was scared (which doesn't happen a lot to me when I read similar books). That's why I just couldn't put this one down.

I really like Smoky. Her own tragedy makes her even better at what she does and I could actually feel her melancholy, her fear, her fight. Her relationship with Bonnie, (her adopted daughter who refuses to talk) is beautiful, full of love and empathy. They un...more
Tim Warner
I am completely impressed with Cody McFadyen. He is a creative writer. I know that the genre of serial killers is kind of a strange thing to enjoy reading, and that there could be a formulaic banality or redundancy. So it is even more satisfying to see someone attempt and succeed at rising above the mediocre and run of the mill thriller. This is his second book and it is brilliant, compelling (I finished it within three days), surprising, deep, rich and intense.

There are aspects of the story whi...more
Amanda
I borrowed this book from a friend -- I didn't realize until after I'd started it that it was the middle book of a trilogy. So if you choose to read...don't start with this one. I will say, though, that this book affected me so greatly I won't be reading the others. How's that for a recommendation?

It was very well-written. While some of the character motivations and reactions felt somewhat implausible to me in the canvass of real life, the way those characters dealt with their implausibility lef...more
Keri
Smokey was thinking that she and Bonnie would take a vacation and try to let the horror of the past couple of weeks fade a bit. But before she can even take a deep breath, she gets a call from a murder scene where a teenage girl has a gun pointed at her own head and is going to pull the trigger unless Smokey comes and talks to her. So of course Smokey has no choice, as she arrives on scene she finds 3 people dead and the girl almost comatose in shock. Once she finally gets the girl to start talk...more
Brookers
I loved Shadow Man, the book prior to this one. I thought that it was one of the best thrillers I've ever read. Sure, there was some cheesy villian dialogue. The characters were great, though, especially main character, agent Smoky Barrett. I rushed to the library to pick up The Face of Death before I finished Shadow Man, so that I could go right into it. Imagine my disappointment when I read this. I wanted to like it, I really did. Unfortunately, second time is not a charm for Cody McFayden. Mc...more
Peter
Review of "The Face of Death" (German: "Der Todeskünstler")

In Cody McFadyen's second novel protagonist Smoky Barrett is starting to slowly regain a grip on her personal life.
During the process of removing some of the personal belongings of her deceased husband and daughter Smoky is being called to a crime scene. This in itself would not be too unusual, were it not for the fact the sole suvivor of the crime is asking to speak to Smoky in person.
As it turns out that same survivor is as 16 years ol...more
Cyn
Wow - this book was just ... wow. It's the 2nd novel in the Smoky Barrett series and it's better than the first. Far better, imo. Not that the first one was bad, but there were a couple annoyances that made me knock a star off the review (such as repeated use of the phrase 'honey love' that about made my head explode in the first book). However, Cody McFadyen has fixed the issues I had with #1 and outdid himself with The Face of Death.

It's not your normal serial-killer-crime story. It's so much...more
Rose
Aug 14, 2007 Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not for the squeemish
Shelves: serial-killers

This is part 2 of Shadow Man and yet another grisly case for Smokey Barrett. This is one of the darkest books I've ever read and just when you think it couldn't get darker....it does. I cried during this one. Excellent writing, took me right into the story right away. Love it. But read with caution.
Darcy
Smokey is back and things she is settling into her life as it is. She has come to terms with the death of her husband and daughter. She now faces a new decision her life could take, she has been offered a teaching position in Quantico. There are reasons why this would be good and there are reasons why she should stay where she is. She contemplates this new move while on vacation and packing up Matt and Alexa's things. With the support of her friends she makes quite a dent in the process until sh...more
Teresa in Ohio
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Blood Rose Books
This is the second book in a series, the first book Shadow Man is a fantastic read and really sets the stage for the characters in the second book and really give background on Smokey who she is and why she does the things.

Cody McFayden explores the inner workings of a serial killer whose true victim is the one that he left alive.

Smokey is called away from her time off with Bonnie at the request of a girl, Sarah, whose family has just been murder. Sarah calls the man the Stranger, a man who has...more
Cheryl
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is once again needed for what mightbecome her toughest match yet. The police have a situation. Sixteen-year old, Sarah Kingsley has a gun to her head. She tells the police that she will shoot unless she talks to Smoky. Smoky listens to what Sarah has to say. Sarah tells Smokey that a man known as "The Stranger" has been following her all her life. He has killed everyone dear to Sarah.

Smoky is ready to bring down "The Stranger" no matter what it takes. Somkey guarante...more
Amateur de Livre
Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Bantam -July 29, 2008
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553589946
ISBN-13: 978-0553589948
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Book Synopsis:

A sixteen-year old girl holds a gun to her head at the scene of a grisly triple homicide. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that hes’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. But Special Agent Smoky Barrett does. Her team has been hand-picked from am...more
Anja
Meine Meinung:
Das zweite Buch aus der Reihe des autoren und ich bin genauso begeistert wie von Teil 1. Das Buch war von vorne bis hinten einfach nur krank- genial krank! Alles wieder logisch aufgebaut mit Spannung die manchmal kaum auszuhalten war und den gleichen und einigen neuen unheimlich Sympathischen Protagonisten wie in Teil 1. Es hat einfach Spaß gemacht immer weiter zu lesen auch wenn es manchmal so grausam war das mir die Luft weggeblieben ist und ich einfach nur schockiert war. Die Id...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘She could kill him for an eternity, and in the end, she’d only lose herself.’

This is the second novel to feature FBI agent Smoky Barrett, and I recommend that new readers start with ‘Shadow Man’ as this will provide useful information about Smoky and her team. Cody McFadyen creates a world which is dark, unsettling and full of danger. By moving between outline and detail, he challenges readers either to follow or to make assumptions. Either way, the journey is not comfortable.

Join Smoky and he...more
Jennifer
Aug 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't mind staying up late to finish it
Shelves: read-2011
I was hooked by Cody McFadyen's first novel about Smoky Barrett and her crack team of investigators and this story picks up not long after the first novel ends. Smoky is attempting to move on with her life (after the death of her husband and daughter the year before) and to adjust to living with her new stepdaughter, Bonnie, who still hasn't said a word since her mother's death. In the middle of a tough project, cleaning out her daughter's room and her husband's closet, Smoky is called to the sc...more
Heather
Aug 23, 2007 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suspense fiction fans
Sixteen year old Sarah Langstrom’s life shatters once again in the pre-dawn hours of a typical Saturday morning. The man she calls “The Stranger” has returned, slaying her latest foster family with a horrifying, grisly brutality that is all too familiar for Sarah.
Pushed beyond her ability to cope, Sarah puts a gun to her head and demands to see Special Agent Smokey Barrett, head of the FBI’s violent crimes unit in Los Angeles.
Barrett is no stranger to violence. She and her team rub shoulders wi...more
Quinn
WOW!! A truly disturbing and grotesque novel that touches on many taboos that we don’t like to talk about. This novel is well written with many shocking turns that coil and twists up your mind. I really enjoyed this novel, but once again Cody McFadyen writes a book that it is not for the faint of heart. I thought this book had a terrific ending.

Sidenote: I was sitting on my back porch so engrossed in this novel and I started to smell a funny nasty smell. I looked down to the side of my lawn chai...more
Aninha Costa
Cody McFadyen is a twisted individual, let me tell you. He writes of murder and torture (both physical and mental) in such a way that you feel compelled to keep reading even if it's all way too sick and twisted.

I'm really hoping there's a good ending waiting for Smoky and her pals at the end of this series. It doesn't seem likely, tho.
Vanessa
I liked this book and it was an excellent read. However, parts of the book can be very disturbing and may not be for everyone. I don't usually go for this much darkness, but once I started reading, I was hooked. I had to put it down several times, though, because it was so intense. I liked the characters, and the killer's actions are certainly imaginative, but really twisted and sick, and the things that happen to Sarah are so sad, especially when you know the whole story of what's she's gone th...more
Bigd_041555
Oh my, definitely not for the faint of heart and most definitely a heart wrenching book - wow, kleenix alert.

Getting more use to first person writing, Smoky Barrett is a very likable and real character (to me), that Cody has managed to portray with ease.

The only fault I find with the book, is that Mr. McFadyen was more verbose in this book than the first one. Yes the storyline was a bit complex and woven with lots of suspense, some action, and still a question of who is the psycho behind all the...more
Amanda (LoveofJoe11)
I didn't know this book was a sequel until I was about a third into it. I may have missed some references to the first book, but I really don't feel as if reading the first book is necessary to enjoy this book.

I'm learning more and more that I enjoy crime/mystery books. McFadyen did a wonderful job with character development and the characters were so strong! I personally didn't think it was predictable.

The subject matter includes pedophilia and the sexual assault of children. I can't recall an...more
Betsy
What an incredible book! I could not turn the pages fast enough to get to the ending which was fabulous. Smoky Barrett is my new favorite character. The entire cast of characters are amazing. They were introduced in Shadow Man, and we got to know them further in this book. It is hard to know which one would be my favorite. Sarah's story will break your heart and anger you all at the same time. Cody McFadyen writes such twisted material, and I love him for it! I cannot wait to read the next book...more
Larry
Cody McFadyen proves he's got what it takes in this gem. His protagonist, Smoky Barrett, FBI agent/profiler, is engaging, smart, and wounded. The supporting cast, while not developed as fully as Smoky in this book, at least, are likeable. His villain is chilling ... a ten-year-long vendetta of revenge and murder, all aimed at a little girl, six years old when it starts. I'd highly recommend this one.

It being my first taste of Mr. McFadyen's work, I'm off to find more ...
Charlotte
Wow, has to be one of the creepiest, most horrifying serial killer books I've read. It wasnt't the kind of book that makes you look around corners, as much as it makes you think about the depravity that lurks in the hearts of otherwise sound and normal men. And the total and complete irony of it - it makes you cry. What?? !! Yes, cry. In several parts. The story in the story is poignantly written, and so sad. Highly recommend this great read!
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Bu sefer Smoky biraz geri plandaydı.Sarah`ın hikayesi anlatılıyor.Tüm sevdikleri feci bir şekilde katledilen kız,son çare Smoky`e sığınıyor.Olayların altında yatan gerçekse bambaşka..Yazar dramatize etme konusunda çok başarılı,bi güzel üzüyor okuru:(
Judi
This is the second in the series on Smoky Barrett.

Smoky is an FBI investigator and heads a team which only go after the worse of the worse serial killers..Smoky has come to a point in her life where she is offered a job with the FBI as a teacher. She will be home every night - be there for Bonnie - and won't be chasing serial killers in the line of fire.

While taking time off and considering her options, she is called to a scene of a murder of a family by the adopted daughter, who is asking for S...more
Paul
"The Face of Death" is the second book featuring FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, a woman who hunts the worst killers among us, and who is the victim of a brutal attack herself - one that left her badly scarred and her family dead.

Smoky is called to a hostage situation in L.A. - a young girl is in a house full of dead bodies, threatening to kill herself unless Smoky speaks with her. When Smoky does, the girl, Sarah, tells a tale almost impossible to believe: A horrific killer she has nicknamed T...more
Henrik
I was disappointed. The first book - Shadow Man - was significantly better. Strange mix of first person and third person narratives and the build-up was too long.
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Cody Mcfadyen was born in Texas in 1968. He designed websites before selling his first novel, Shadow Man, in 2005. He has since had a second book – The Face of Death – published. Both were international best sellers. He lives in Southern California with his two black labs, often referred to as ‘The Black Forces of Destruction.’ He drinks coffee (copiously), plays guitar (badly), and reads (voracio...more
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