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Shadow Man (Smoky Barrett #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  5,780 ratings  ·  480 reviews
Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever.

Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about p
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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 496 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sherri
Today on Cooking With Plagiarism, we're going to work on a little recipe called "Shadow Man." This is a pretty spicy dish, and will be too hot for those of you who are sensitive to too much gore and pretty much unpalatable to those of you who like your plots without holes. For the rest of you, let's get started. First, when cooking with plagiarism its important to start of right. Pull your very COVER from another source to give your audience a head's up on what to expect. Don't be too blatant th ...more
Ken Heard
This could have been a typical "investigator was nearly killed in previous case by serial killer, hunts similar serial killer after recovery" novel, but Cody McFadyen turns this into a brilliant look at psychology, personal fears, loss of love, isolation and rebound.

The villian is also the most depraved, sadistic person I've ever come across in fiction. The killer's tormenting the various FBI agents and attacking their personal fears is very unsettling.

The only problem is that, if you are payin
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Katie
I got very emotionally invested in this book very quickly. Smoky's grief was intense and painful to be a part of, but her story sucked me right in.

Now that I have a little distance from it (a whole twelve hours!) I can see the things that didn't work - the sudden! sex! with a character who was just introduced as a ~protector~ was the worst, I think. It just seems like a skewed view of the grieving process. Suicide was barely off the table for Smoky at that point.

I had a hard time sleeping after
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Jess
This was not technically a mystery book, yes there was a mystery involved, but I would say it fits more in to the police drama/thriller genre. A word of caution, if people who are thinking of reading this book do not like detailed violence/graphic scenes I would not recommend this book. It is definitely graphic.

The main character in this book is an FBI agent and her name is Smoky. We meet Smoky in the first scene of this book describing the types of dreams she has, and then she proceeds to expla
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Shiela
After loosing her daughter and husband to a sadistic serial killer, FBI agent Smokey Barrett is seriously contemplating her right to live. News of another type of killer targeting Smokey’s loved ones is the decisive event that has her back in the game. Smokey and her team of violent crime specialists must track a madman who fancies himself as Jack the Ripper’s descendant before he takes everything they hold dear.

This is one of the better thrillers I have read in a long time. Yes, there are some
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Michael
Bei über 5000 Ratings im Schnitt 4,1 Sterne: das muss doch was sein?
Ja, auf jeden Fall Geschmackssache.

Die höchstbegabte FBI-Agentin Smoky Barrett ist taffer als Clarice Starling und obwohl ihr Körper mit Narben überzogen ist nicht weniger attraktiv als Jodie Foster - so will es McFadyen.
Nachdem Smoky Kind und Mann verloren hat und selbst Opfer eines psychopathischen Vergewaltigers wurde, muss sie sich in der BLUTLINIE mächtig am Riemen reißen, um nach ihrer Auszeit zurück in den Dienst zu finde
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Michele
I have no idea why this got such great reviews. It's dreadul, boring and slow. The author threw is as many gross, disturbing, and bizarre deatils simply for shock factor it seems. I don't think I'll be reading the next 2 in the series.
Nadine
FBI-Beamtin Smoky erholt sich langsam vom schrecklichen Trauma, vergewaltigt, gefoltert und entstellt worden zu sein, sowie ihren Mann und ihre Tochter sterben sehen zu müssen. Sie wird jäh zurück in die Ermittlungsarbeit geholt, als ihre beste Freundin bestialisch ermordet aufgefunden wird. Es ist offenbar ein Serientäter am Werk, der direkt mit Smoky kommuniziert und mit ihr sein Spiel treibt. Perfiderweise greift er massiv in die Leben der einzelnen Ermittler in Smokys Team ein.

Man hat den Ei
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Leon Aldrich
Apr 25, 2012 Leon Aldrich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rules of Prey fans!
Fans of John Sanford, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Jefferson Parker & Don Winslow to name a few, have to add this author to their xmas reading list. This debut novel has me biting at the bit to get the next book in the series.

"Tears are the way a soul bleeds." (paraphrased line from the novel) Fresh prose like this kept me gorging throughout the entire book.
Lisa Regan
This is like Criminal Minds meets Silence of the Lambs only more disturbing and violent. The best part of this book is the depth of its characters. I kept reading on the strength of the characters alone. Even for seasoned crime fiction readers this might be a difficult read in terms of the violence and gore. But the writing is top-notch and you will just have to keep reading to see what happens. Lots of crazy twists.

The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star for me was that the author ask
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María
Dios, creo que después de Marianela esto fué la cosa más aburrida que leí en mi vida :/
Keri
CM is a new to me author and man what a first book to deliver on. His character, Smokey Barrett is in a specialized group in the FBI. They hunt monsters, of the human animal variety. Smokey is the head of this elite team and they have been very successful. But one night things go horribly wrong and Smokey's world comes to an end. The book opens six months after the event and Smokey is still struggling with the bomb-blast fallout. Does she go back to work, continue to sit and stare her scars all ...more
Darcy
Smokey is an FBI agent, in fact one of their best as she heads up the LA office of violent crimes. However she is on leave after having survived the breaking in of her house by a serial killer she was chasing where he was the cause of her husband and her daughters death, along with raping, cutting, and burning her. Six months have past since this horrific incident when we first meet her and still struggling with each minute and isolating herself from those who really care about her. At the advic ...more
Georgie
got about ten chapters into this one and had to give up, which is a shame. The character of Smoky Barrett is something of a cliche in that she's the damaged-but-brilliant-female-investigator, but the circumstances around her being damaged are quite brutally unique, and had the author done away with the DREADFUL gallery of huge cliches that passes for Smoky's team (the beautiful but abrasive Callie, Alan the big black guy who's tough as nails but also really gentle, James the antisocial, rude wei ...more
Amanda
Nov 27, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a good thriller
Recommended to Amanda by: Dinwiddie
It's been a long while since I read a book in 2 sittings in less than a day. A coworker lent me this book, claiming it was a great mystery and thriller. I was skeptical but am now a believer!

Smoky Barrett is the lead character, an FBI agent who was tortured, raped and left without a family by a serial killer that she had been chasing. Left with facial scars, Smoky returns to work (after much heartache and indecision) to hunt the newest serial killer.

Jack Jr. thinks he's the descendant of Jack th
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Angie
Ich weiß nicht in wie fern es meine Bewertung zu diesem Buch beeinflussen würde, wenn ich es vor "Der Todeskünstler" gelesen hätte, aber ich muss sagen, "Die Blutlinine" ist ein ebenso eindringlicher und packender Thriller wie der zweite Band.
Der Grund, warum es diesmal nicht 5 Sterne sind, liegt am nicht ganz so spektakulären Ende. Spätestens als erwähnt wurde der Täter sei "ein gutaussehender Mann" war ich mir der Auflösung sicher.
Sehr gut beschrieben ist die innere Zerissenheit der Agentin S
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Tim Warner
I think that this is an excellent book. Top-notch. Evil against good. It was so compelling that I read it way too fast. I really wanted to savor the style and be with the characters as their complicated lives were unveiled. This is a remarkable first novel. I am not sure what Mcfadyen's reputation is - I hadn't heard about him until he was recommended here on Goodreads - - but he is a cut above any one I have been reading over the past several months. He is a top-tier writer in the serial killer ...more
Roos Boum
I read this one in the Dutch version

Waarom is er geen zesde ster?

Ik had nog nooit kennisgemaakt met Cody McFadyen, maar wat een schrijver! Een prachtig drama zet hij hier neer. Keuzes voor de detective en verziekte seriemoordenaar. Superspannend. Ik had ingezet op de goede persoon als moordenaar, maar toch bleef ik twijfelen tot aan het eind. Boek houdt je in de greep tot bijna de laatste bladzijden.
Quinn
In the crowded genre of psychological thrillers Cody McFadyen has truly separated himself from the pack. FBI agent Smoky Barrett and her team are on the trail of a brutal serial killer who claims to be a direct descendent of the Infamous “Jack the Ripper”. The hunt is on and they must stop him before he kills again.
I really liked this book for several reasons: 1. A book with strong, believable female characters. 2. The writing is superb. 3. A psychological thriller with depth of mind, both lit
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Dalton Lynne
This was a good book - well written and with likable characters for the most part. The twist at the end did catch me by surprise. I admit that I thought I'd figured out who the killer was, but the plotting was good enough to deceive me (and I'm usually pretty good at figuring stuff like this out).

There were a few quirks that were enough to make me take away one star (and I would have actually given it a 3.5 if I could). Sometimes, Smoky grates on my nerves. I can't explain it, it's just her pers
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Teresa in Ohio
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Nici
Die Story ist der Auftakt einer ganz neuen Krimireihe, die ich eher zufällig entdeckt habe. Okay, eigentlich hatte ich die Bücher schön öfters in der Hand, wenn ich in der Buchhandlung war, aber immer wieder weggelegt. Bis ich dann bei audible zufällig wieder auf die Bücher aufmerksam wurde, als ich feststellte, dass meine Lieblingsvorleserin diese Serie liest.
Danach gab es kein zweites Nachdenken mehr und ich habe das erste Hörbuch gekauft und beim Spaziergang, auf dem Rad, beim Joggen und auf
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Jennifer (JC-S)
First impression: this is such a good read I'm having trouble putting this one down.

Final conclusion:
Agent Smoky Barrett is on the FBI’s serial murder and child abduction team. Smoky has seen much of the darkest side of human behaviour but this does not inure her to the personal impact when her husband and daughter were slaughtered in front of her. Smoky is still recovering from her own injuries, and trying to come to terms with a life without those she loves but could not protect when her best
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Little Butterfly εïз
--some spoilers-
I haven't read a FBI team hunts psycho killer- book in a while. There are some gory details but it's not one of those books that gives you nightmares.
The writing is good and it read as if it was well researched.
Mostly it was a 3 star read for me, because while I enjoyed reading it there were a couple of things that annoyed me. The team members are very cliché, that could have been done better. Callie calls everyone honey-love, how stupid is that? Smoky, yeah, she is good, a good
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Debby
Shadow Man is the debut novel in McFadyen's Smoky Barret series. Barrett is an FBI agent whose life is turned inside out by a serial kiler wh kills her husband and daughter and then Smoky is able to kill him, he mutilates her face. She's not suer she can iver return to work. But there's only one way she'd take up that challenge.
This book is a page-turner from the first page with gripping, nail biting, gut wrienching tension. The antagonist gave me the creeps and felt like Satan personified. A ps
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Marie

Excellent thriller of a book! Riveting and hard to put down. The author somehow creates an immediate bond between reader and characters. The storyline is fast paced and full of suspense, and I loved that some of the protagonist characters are slightly flawed themselves. It is not for the weak of stomach, however, and it is laced throughout with horrifc violence. I do have one complaint about the book. One character has a habit of calling everyone who crosses her path "honey-love". This ridiculou
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Henri Moreaux
It seems I have the awesome super power of continually reading series books out of order; I first picked up The Face of Death and having read and enjoyed that then came to the realisation it was actually the second in the series and there was this book before it.

So naturally, when I came across this I picked it up. Unfortunately it was somewhat spoilt having already read number 2 so I already knew who would survive etc. That being said however, this was still an excellent book.

Really enjoy the r
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Bigd_041555
Oh my, the shock factor indeed - from the first page right on through! I did have an inkling of who the killer was about half way through (maybe even less), but I was still guessing until it is made known and I could say "yes, that makes sense" - still a great read. Not for everyone, especially those with a faint heart. There are things that happen in this book that are particularly graphic - seriously.

Written in the first person, which I'm not use to, but very well done and especially so becaus
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Terri
I LOVE SMOKY BARRET!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ She's the most appealing character; honest, open, accepting & real. She's the type of person I'd pick for a friend if she were real. Add to her the members of her team & you have group of characters you can't help but root for. Before you think this is another group of F.B.I agents swooping in to save the day, finish Chapter 1. The realism McFadyen uses to describe the terror that Barrett underwent to kick off the series is alarmingly real. The pain she l ...more
Kari
It tore my heart apart, and I nearly had to stop reading several times, but in the end I just ended up being a new-found lover of Smokey Barrett <3
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Cody McFadyen is an international bestselling author of six thrillers. Five of those thrillers are centered around FBI special agent Smoky Barrett, who hunts serial killers. Book number 5 of the series was published in Germany with no English translation. In 2011 his stand alone thriller Der Menschenmacher was published in Germany, again with no English translation. Since his last U.S. publication ...more
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“She doesn't speak, and I say nothing more. We just stare at each other, letting the tears roll down our cheeks. That's what tears are for, after all. A way for the soul to bleed.” 30 likes
“This is the thing, I think often, that never occurs to you when you consider what it would be like to lose someone you love. That you would miss not just the flowers and kisses, but the totality of the experience. You miss the failures and little evils with as much desperation as you miss being held in the middle of the night. I wish he were here now, and I was kissing him. I wish he were here now, and I was betraying him. Either would be fine, so fine, as long as he was here.” 3 likes
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