De stilte van de hel (Smoky Barret, #1)
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De stilte van de hel (Smoky Barrett #1)

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Smoky Barett is een jonge, maar ervaren FBI-agente die de leiding heeft over een speciale eenheid die op seriemoordenaars jaagt. Ze is tijdelijk met verlof nadat haar man en dochtertje zijn vermoord door de man achter wie zij aanzat. Dan wordt het levenloze lichaam gevonden van Smoky's beste vriendin Annie. Smoky neemt de leiding in deze moordzaak op zich en ontfermt zich...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published November 2007 by A.W. Bruna (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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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.
María
Dios, creo que después de Marianela esto fué la cosa más aburrida que leí en mi vida :/
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Cheryl
This was my first book by Cody McFadyen. It is a winner! The plot lines were intense, the characters had depth as well as very believable. Shadow Man is somewhat gory but if you don't mind that gore like me than you will really like this book. Smokey could really stand her ground throughout the who story. Talk about women empowerment. Remember this is coming from a book about a serial killer that was written by a man! That is saying something wonderful about Mr. McFadyen's writing style. You wil...more
★ ßurçακ ★
Çok değişik bir polisiyeydi.. Dedektifimiz çok acılar çekmiş.. Kafayı dedektife takan bi katil, kocasını ve kızını öldürüp, kadının da yüzünü kesip, vücüdunu sigara yanıklarıyla kaplıyor.. Tabii dedektif bunalımda, intihar etme eşiğinde ama bi başka katil işlediği cinayetleri Smoky'e (dedektif'in adı erkek sanmıştım ama kadın)ithaf ediyor ve Smoky olayların içine dalıyor çünkü katil en yakın arkadaşını öldürmüştür ve arkadaşı kızını Smoky'e bırakmıştır :) Ama küçük kız, annesinin cesedine 3 gün...more
Nocheevo
A fast food generic FBI vs Serial Killer Silence of the LAmbs style of tale. It zips along without being to engaging, especially if you don't concentrate on the need to suspend disbelief. The torture porn stylings of the serial killers videos (of course he has to taunt the FBI as is the tradition of this style of work) is a little overplayed and seems forced. Don't get me wrong, I like my novel based killers to be as nasty as the next but Rex Miller handles the hype gory killer approach better....more
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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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