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Bone Shadows
     

Bone Shadows

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by Christopher Valen
 

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The bodies of young men have been turning up in the Mississippi River for years, their deaths attributed to excessive drinking. But when an Iraq war vet suffering from PTSD is found in the river, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana must decide if the young man’s death was accidental or the result of something far more sinister.

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The bodies of young men have been turning up in the Mississippi River for years, their deaths attributed to excessive drinking. But when an Iraq war vet suffering from PTSD is found in the river, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana must decide if the young man’s death was accidental or the result of something far more sinister.

Caught between a reporter trying to resurrect his flagging career, an FBI agent with a troubled past, and a beautiful private investigator on the trail of a serial killer, Santana is pulled into a whirlpool of greed, seduction, and death. Determined to find the truth no matter what the cost, he must first face his own dark memories and a killer intent on stopping him.

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Library Journal
Even if the victim suffered from PTSD, St. Paul homicide detective John Santana doesn't believe Scott Rafferty's drowning death was a suicide. It turns out that several young men have died in the Mississippi over the past few months, and something about the circumstances doesn't ring true. Confronted by roadblocks, Santana goes a bit rogue, aligning with a PI hired by another victim's family and with a reporter harboring a conspiracy theory. When they realize all the victims belonged to veterans' support groups and discover that the therapists were using their patients as subjects for brain research, the whole conspiracy idea doesn't sound so crazy. Without much warning, Santana's case mushrooms into a full-fledged thriller (complete with a high body count) guaranteed to hold readers' attention until the last page. VERDICT This is the fourth outing (after Bad Weeds Never Die) for the intriguing police detective whose Colombian roots inform his perspective. Valen could lighten up on the information dumps, but his highly moral Santana character is golden. The bio-thriller element compares well with Howard Shrier's Boston Cream and Merry Jones's Summer Session and, for military conspiracy, Thomas Schreck's Getting Dunn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980001754
Publisher:
Conquill Press
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
A John Santana Novel , #4
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,314,977
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Valen is the award-winning author of six works of fiction featuring Colombian born, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana, White Tombs, The Black Minute, Bad Weeds Never Die, Bone Shadows, Death’s Way and The Darkness Hunter.

Christopher is a graduate of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy and has many contacts and resources in the law enforcement community. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his Colombian-born wife, Martha. To learn more visit his website at www.christophervalen.com.

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Bone Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
northnode2001 More than 1 year ago
Our local library (Lake Elmo Public Library in Minnesota)is hosting this author on March 21 at 6:30 In Christopher Valen’s recent book, “Bone Shadows,” the bodies of young men have been turning up in the Mississippi River for years, their deaths attributed to excessive drinking. But when an Iraq war vet suffering from PTSD is found in the river, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana must decide if the young man’s death was accidental or the result of something more sinister. Caught between a reporter trying to resurrect his flagging career, an FBI agent with a troubled past, and a beautiful private investigator on the trail of a serial killer, Santana is pulled into a whirlpool of greed, seduction, and death. Determined to find the truth no matter what the cost, he must first face his own dark memories and a killer intent on stopping him. Christopher Valen is the pen name of J. Christopher Peterson, the Twin Cities author of three previous works of fiction featuring Colombian born, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana, “White Tombs,” “The Black Minute,” and “Bad Weeds Never Die.” Christopher is a graduate of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy and has contacts and resources in the law enforcement community. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his Colombian-born wife, Martha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago