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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Savannah surgeon Malcolm King had a perfect life--a loving wife, devoted daughter, and a thriving medical practice. But when a random airport parking lot hit-and-run links him to a dead body in a Florida hotel and an acquaintance is found dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag, Malcolm finds himself on the run as a suspected serial killer. But he's no murderer. Or is h ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (first published July 8th 2012)
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Mark Murphy
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm biased. I wrote this. But I think it accomplished what I set out to do--to write an atmospheric, twist-laden Stephen King-like thriller with more than a hint of the supernatural and a villain so evil that you feel like showering after reading about him.

My home town, Savannah, Georgia, is an old city by U.S. standards. It clings delicately to its namesake marshes like a true Southern Belle, gracious and unassuming. But my town has many ghosts. As John Berendt discovered in "Midnight in
Respected surgeon is being set up by a serial killer to make it look like he is the serial killer. His best friend believes in him or does he? His wife believes in him or does she? His daughter seems to be the only one willing to defend him as he is a fugitive on the lam.

Although I found myself turning the pages quickly which is of course the number one reason I read thrillers, I also found myself rolling my eyes at many of the situations.

A couple of examples... the doctor is hiding out and en
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Man: Mark Murphy

Orchestrating a murder and making sure no one finds the victim is where our psychological thriller takes fold. The Florida swamps is the setting as a sick and demented killer named “Q” begins by dismembering the body of an unknown woman and burying her deep within the swamp hoping the alligators will devour her as their next meal. Tossing her body parts into the swamp as if he is playing ring toss or any other game requiring you to rid yourself of the pieces, he flings the
Tia Bach
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars (but worthy of rounding up)

Dr. Malcolm King has an enviable life; he's a well-respected surgeon with a loving family. But everything starts to unravel when grisly murders occur and all evidence points to him. He contacts a longtime friend, Ben, who works in homicide. When every victim has a connection to Malcolm and various personal effects of his are found at the crime scenes, even Ben starts having his doubts.

Still, Ben manages to give Malcolm a heads up that the police are c
Julie Graves
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
My Thoughts:

The Shadow Man kept me turning pages late into the evening! It started out with a grisly murder and ended with heart-stopping drama. Throughout the story I was constantly trying to figure out what was up with The Shadow Man. Why was he bent on ruining Malcolm and his family? It was a quite twisted and entertaining story. While I liked the character of Billy, I wasn't a fan of the way the author tried to weave in some Indian legend supernatural stuff through Billy and some birds, but
William Bentrim
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy
Wow, what is it with these southern gentlemen and their macabre story telling. Mark Murphy is going to be a name to contend with in contemporary thrillers, move over Pat Conroy. While Murphy is not as poetically inclined in his prose, he certainly grabs your interest and you only wrest free on the final page. This is a tale of demented love, twisted by jealous desire and self loathing.
Malcolm King is a successful surgeon with a lovely family. His perfect life is sha
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of the horror/thriller genre. I have watched and read so many films and books in this genre, that I am rarely surprised by anything. This book was definitely an exception! The whole time I read 'The Shadow Man' I was on edge, even my own foot startled me at one point. Mark Murphy did a great job of creating an eerie atmosphere throughout the whole book, and the ending was excellent. Read it now!! ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting, as I couldn't tear myself away. I was on the edge of my seat (both literally and figuratively) for much of the book The atmosphere is so rich and unsettling that you can't help but surrender to it, as the story grabs you and doesn't let go. Certain moments will chill you to the bone, and Murphy writes them in such a way that you share in his characters dread, feel the fear as if it were you. Stop reading my review and start reading this book. ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Malcolm King has lived a perfect life. He's a successful surgeon, has a beautiful wife and daughter, and is content with lot he's drawn in life. He has everything he's ever wanted and loves his life to the fullest. God has made his dreams come true and for that he's grateful.

When an unexpected accident occurs after he's returned home from a surgical convention, Malcolm doesn't think much of it. He assumes it was just a random occurrence. Yet when other unexpected happenings start to crop up, he'
Lenore Webb
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mark Murphy wrote The Shadow Man and I joined in on the Tribute Books Blog Tour. I love reading, I love tours and now I am a bit in love with Mark Murphy or better yet in his world. I am a fan of mystery. The kind that has you lost elsewhere and not wanting to return. Stephen King is known for this as well as Johnathan Kellerman, Tami Hoag and Lisa Gardner. All favorites of mine. I know that Mark Murphy is going to be sitting on the shelf right along side of them now. You know by now that I do n ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just received my brand new copy of The Shadow Man in the mail today. I won this book on goodreads giveaways. Hooray for me! I cannot wait to get started on reading this book. Thanks, Mark Murphy, for the giveaway. I am so happy and excited. This book grabbed you at the beginning and didn't let go until the end. I loved this book. It was exciting and scary and mysterious all the way through. The killer was really off the wall, and I don't think I have ever read a book with this same plot. It was ...more
Aug 28, 2012 added it
Not your everyday murder novel. Deep character development, lush settings (VERY Savannah!) and twisty, turny sub-plots that never go where you expect. As soon as I heard Mark Murphy had written a book, I had to read it. Murphy's columns in the Savannah Morning News are among my favorites and I share them often. And so I will, with this book. Sending to my mom, who will pass on to my sister in law. Definitely a good read. ...more
Charles Griffin
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beginning with the prologue, this book was a thriller that I found hard to put down - I read it in two days.   It combines mystery, tragedy, some Savannah history, and a bit of the supernatural.   It truly had a Stephen King feel and was an excellent novel - you will not be disappointed!
Jul 26, 2012 added it
I love EVERYTHING Savannah, and this one didn't let me down. I was creeped out, intrigued and exhilarated as I followed Malcolm's struggle to regain the life he loved. I'm not usually a mystery genre reader, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat. ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I have finished a book in less than twenty-four hours. 'The Shadow Man' does not disappoint. It has many twist, turns and surprises, all the way to the very end. Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great thriller. ...more
Holly Housman
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Basic writing. Good thriller. Twisty but expected plot development. Put the book down numerous times to read something else.
Linda Cappelletti
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a valiant effort at a King-like novel by a doctor from Savannah. The greatest accuracy and the least suspension of belief are reserved for those passages that describe medical procedures and use medical terminology. As far as police procedure and the investigation of crime are concerned, I don't think the doctor did his homework. I do, however, appreciate the time it takes to write a novel and salute the doctor for giving it his best shot. ...more
Judy Jones
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read! Didn't want to put it down wanting to know what is going to happen next! ...more
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Let me start this by saying I am a huge fan of Dr. Murphy's writing -- Absolutely love his column in the Savannah Morning News, and I enjoyed hearing him speak and read his fantastic and incredibly moving short story "The Funeral" at the Flannery O'Connor House this past fall. I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and a writer, and I look forward to reading more of his work. (You sensed a big "but" coming, right?) However, this novel fell short for me on a couple of fronts. I read a ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins, owned
Many thanks to Goodreads, Langdon Street Press and Mark Murphy for my free ARC of this book!

As usual you will not find any spoilers in my reviews nor do I get overly technical and analytical. I am not an English major, professor or editor. I am a regular joe who likes to read and base my reviews primarily on opinion and how I the book made me feel. Don't like my review? Well you are entitled to your own opinion, just don't harp on me about mine.

Now, as always, minor technical stuff. This novel w
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
With The Shadow Man, Mark Murphy has written an enthralling mystery novel. Malcolm King is introduced as a character that has a seemingly perfect life. He and his family live comfortably and he has a great job. But everything soon changes, as murders begin occurring. Malcolm is linked closely to each person killed, and quickly becomes a suspect; he realizes he cannot trust anyone anymore, and makes the tough decision to run away.

This novel introduces great characters, especially Billy Littlebea
Malcolm is a surgeon who lives with his wife and daughter. His life is perfectly ordinary, until the day someone hits his car and everything changes.

I liked the first half of the book more than the rest. The prologue is one of the best parts: the writing is atmospheric and the killer's really creepy. There are lots of twists and turns, but later on they're just not as exciting anymore.

The quality of writing changes. Some parts are amazingly written, while others seem really rushed and not very w
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I've found myself reading a lot of 'thrillers' over the past several years, a lot filled with psycho genius serial killers. I keep waiting to exhaust the genre. That certainly did not happen with this book.

Malcolm King is on his way home from a surgical convention in Miami when he must deal with a hit-and-run driver at the airport at home. He has no idea just how his life is about to change. When Malcolm realizes he is being set up he turns to Ben, his friend in the police department. Then Ben
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Malcolm King is a devoted husband and father as well as a dedicated and skilled surgeon. Heading home after a medical conference in Miami, Malcolm is the victim of a hit and run. After the accident Malcolm’s life starts to come apart at the seams. People are dying all around him and the clues left behind point straight to him as the guilty party. Malcolm knows he’s no killer, but how can he catch the real culprit and clear his name? Then there is the ‘Thin Man’ who is following and watching him… ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book, although I knew it wasn’t my typical reading genre. Sometimes it’s good to break out of your personal reading mold, so I was looking forward to that very much. If you’re looking for a thriller, this one won’t disappoint you.

I had a difficult time getting through this one in terms of the material covered. This is about a serial killer, which is bad enough, but the killer is an especially brutal one, doing things like removing organs and
Bev Walkling
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes suspense novels.
Shelves: suspense, first-reads
Mark Murphy wrote ”This book was supposed to be a page-turner. I wanted it to be nearly impossible to put aside--the literary equivalent of a bag of Lay's potato chips given to a starving man.” Well, as far as I am concerned he achieved what he set out to do. I was glued to this book and hated having to put it down to do other things. I finished it within 24 hours of starting it. It was filled with twists and turns and my suspicions kept being proved wrong. Malcolm King has good friends and lovi ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
My sister won this on goodreads giveaways, and passed it along. Started 10/14/12
finished 10/19/12

Malcolm King is a successful surgeon that finds himself framed for a murder of a neighbors dog. This is the start of a string of murders all tied to Malcolm. Could he be a killer and not remember? His best friend calls him to warn him the police are coming to take him in, so he flees. With the help of Billy Littlebear, he escapes. Billy helps him fight the Shadow Man, but will they be able to save ev
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Dr Malcolm King is a surgeon in Savannah, Georgia where he lives with his loving wife Amy, daughter Mimi and dog Daisy. Life couldn't get any better for him, until it all goes horrifically wrong.

From a hit and run that leads to the mutilated body of the owner to an old colleague found eviscerated in a garbage bag, Mal becomes the target of the police for the murders and is forced to go on the run. Could he have murdered them and not remember? Or is there a more sinister
Gina's Library
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I read this book for Tribute Books for a fair and honest review. The book started out a little slow for me. Once I got into it though I couldn't put it down.

Malcolm had a privileged life that was unraveling quickly before his eyes. A chair reaction of events takes place and he finds himself wondering what in the world is going on.

Billy Littlebear seems to be a Shadow man of his own. He comes and goes on a whim. He's like a Seminole guardian angel. When Malcolm needed him the most he showed up a
Sharon Chance
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I'm more of a gentle, suspensful, cozy mystery type of gal. But every once in a while there comes along a book that kind of jolts me out of my usual reading zone. Mark Murphy's "The Shadow Man" was one of those books.

Setting his story in the sultry South, where mystery and intrigue lurk through the Spanish moss and the eerie swamps, Murphy delivers a spine-tingling suspensful tale that will have readers on the edges of their seats until the very final sentence. Murphy captures the esse
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Mark Murphy has been a doctor since 1988.

He has been a writer his entire life.

After spending his early childhood reading anything he could get his hands on and roaming the marshes and maritime forests of coastal Georgia--where he collected myriad seashells and arrowheads and fossils and fancied himself a swashbuckler of the highest order--Mark entered the creative literary world by winning a local

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