Whispers of the Dead

Whispers of the Dead

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"A heart-thumping yarn from a real-life crime analyst." -- The Boston Globe


A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable cooler, has turned up in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso, Texas. With no clues as to the killer, the victim, or the intent, the local authorities are at a loss. Enter Magnus "Steps" Craig. As part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI, Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface. He has a kind of synesthesia, allowing him to see whatever a person has touched in a unique color--what Steps calls "shine."

While trying to grapple with the grotesque scene in El Paso, the Special Tracking Unit soon discovers another, earlier victim. Once again, only the feet in a cooler were left behind. With so few clues, Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And the killing spree has only just begun. . .

"Kope brings a refreshing authenticity to his work." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Mark my words, 'Steps' Craig is poised to take his place among our most popular and cherished thriller heroes."--Chelsea Cain, bestselling author of Heartsick and One Kick

Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250308405
1250308402
Branch Call Number: KOPE
Characteristics: x, 374 pages ; 19 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 15, 2018

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear Marty's an IQ vampire: the longer you're around him, the more he sucks the smarts right out of you. p102

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LauraSteinert
Jul 15, 2018

The only thing that freaks me out as much as Styrofoam is your standard everyday forest. Anytime large numbers of deciduous and evergreen trees start milling about together, you know it can't end well. p 22

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LauraSteinert
Jul 15, 2018

The author is currently living win Lynden Washington, so I thought this would be a good PNW adventure. Instead it happens along I-10. The hero "Steps"Craig goes to great lengths to say he is from "The Pacific Northwest" then says incredibly stupid things like: "We don't have rattlesnakes in the PNW." It doesn't ruin the story, but it is so jarring that all my willing suspension of disbelief is shattered, and I have to put the book down for a couple hours. There are a few funny spots (see quotes for examples), but mostly it is a grim story of tracking a serial killer.
Warning! Do Not Read the Prologue! It was the most hideously overwritten attempt to sound "literary" that I've come across, and I almost didn't read the book. Despite my complaints, the story of friendship between the two "trackers" made the book well worth my time. (about 7 hours reading plus another about 3 hours of being disgusted that anyone would think Whatcom County is representative of the whole of the PNW.)

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