Bone Shadows

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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.
Mystery Gazette - Harriet Klausner
“. . . The latest John Santana police procedural (see White Tombs, The Black Minute and Bad Weeds Never Die) is a superb detective tale starring a dedicated cop and a strong support cast; some of whom want him to take down a killer and others who hinder his inquiry. The storyline is fast-paced but provides a deep methodical investigation. With a romantic subplot that blends nicely into the thrilling tour of the Twin Cities, fans will appreciate Bone Shadows as Christopher Valen provides a
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980001754
  • Publisher: Conquill Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 935,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Valen’s first novel featuring St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana, White Tombs, won the 2008 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery and the 2008 Garcia Award for Best Fiction. His second book in the series, The Black Minute, was released in September 2009. It won the 2009 Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery and was one of three finalists for the 2009 Midwest Book Award. A second edition of The Black Minute was released in February 2012. Bad Weeds Never Die, the third book in the John Santana series, was released in September 2011. Bad Weeds Never Die won Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year awards from Reader Views and Rebecca’s Reads.

Christopher is a graduate of the Citizen's Academy at the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department and has many contacts and resources in the law enforcement community. He lives in Minnesota with his Colombian-born wife, Martha, and travels frequently to Colombia. For more information please visit www.christophervalen.com
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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    nice local murder mystery

    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.

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