Shadow Touch (Dirk & Steele Series #2)

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Elena Baxter can work miracles with her fingers. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind and spirit.

That is why she is taken.

Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that specializes in the impossible, to help extraordinary souls in need—and to keep their secrets safe. For Artur himself is not like ordinary men—handsome, powerful, and tormented, he ...

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Overview

Elena Baxter can work miracles with her fingers. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind and spirit.

That is why she is taken.

Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that specializes in the impossible, to help extraordinary souls in need—and to keep their secrets safe. For Artur himself is not like ordinary men—handsome, powerful, and tormented, he is able to do wondrous things with nothing but a thought and a touch. That is why he, too, is taken . . .

Drawn together into the darkness, Elena and Artur find themselves caged and cornered, joined in a desperate fight for their lives. But they will find strength where they never expected it: in a passionate look, in a tender kiss, in a heart-soaring, breathtaking . . . Shadow Touch

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With only three books to her credit, Marjorie Liu moves like a veteran onto the paranormal stage in this gripping thriller, with plenty of action, characters with amazing talents, and a tender love story.

Like the first novel in the series (Tiger Eye), this well-crafted sequel features an agency that employs the gifted and tormented, including Russian émigré Arthur Loginov, a psychometrist who learns secrets by touch alone. The story begins with Elena Baxter, a natural healer who is treating cancer patients in a pediatric hospital and achieving an unbelievable success rate. When Elena is kidnapped by an evil cabal who seek to take over the world, she finds she is not the only prisoner. Elena and Arthur ultimately escape with a couple of of shapeshifters (one cheetah, one dolphin), and the wary bunch with their special gifts need to trust each other to get out alive. For Arthur, it becomes a choice between saving his pride and saving Elena.

Bestselling romance writer Christine Feehan gave this book a rave, and it's easy to see why. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
When selecting a book, readers often face the unfortunate choice of exciting story versus vibrant writing. Not so those who snatch up Liu's paranormal romantic thriller (the second in a series after Tiger's Eye), which fuses the best of both into a novel that raises the bar for all others competing in its league. A private detective who picks up people's memories through touch, Artur Loginov isn't entirely surprised when he's kidnapped and imprisoned in an asylumlike facility; his former days as a Russian mobster taught him to believe he'd come to a bad end. But he's surprised to find the other prisoners are paranormally gifted as well-including Elena Baxter from Wisconsin, able to perform miraculous healings and now stunned to realize she's no longer alone in the world. Aided by a pair of shape-shifters, Elena and Artur escape only to discover their captors' sinister goal-and that they are the only ones who can thwart it. Liu's screenplay-worthy dialogue, vivid action and gift for the punchy, unexpected metaphor rockets her tale high above the pack. Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062019899
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Dirk & Steele Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 697,728
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.

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Shadow Touch


By Marjorie M. Liu

Dorchester Publishing

Copyright © 2004 Dorchester Publishing
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-505-52630-1


Chapter One

Shortly before being shot in the back with a tranquilizer dart and dumped half-dazed on a stretcher, right before being stolen from the hospital by silent men in white coats, Elena Baxter stood at the end of a dying child's bed, her hand on a small bare foot, and attempted to perform a miracle.

She was good at miracles. She had been practicing them for her entire life, and at twenty-eight years of age, had become quite proficient at the art of doing Strange and Wonderful Things.

The child's name was Olivia McCoy. Eight years old, with a large brain tumor swelling against her skull. Conventional treatments had only delayed the inevitable and likely worsened the quality of Olivia's end, and yet, unable to let go, Mr. and Mrs. McCoy had brought their daughter to the Milwaukee Children's Hospital for one last stand. The hospital had a good reputation for healing childhood cancer, and while the doctors frequently patted themselves on the back for their successes, their triumph was tainted by uneasiness. They did not know why all the children in their ward inevitably recovered. The statistics simply did not allow for such a confluence of miracle.

Elena, a simple unpaid volunteer inside the hospital, was not so surprised.

Today she was delivering stool samples and plasma, running from one department to the next, taking the calls of the nurses who needed charts delivered, patients transferred, messes cleaned. Flowers had to be delivered from the gift shop, cards signed by forgetful and not-so-loved-ones. Kind words needed to be said to the dying, hands held for just moments, to give comfort. The patients, young and old, liked Elena. She made people feel good, even if they did not know why.

The nurses and doctors knew this, and as Elena had anticipated, allowed her some freedom of movement. She could go into patient rooms and sit for a while, unattended. The children liked to be read to, especially when their parents had to leave for work or run errands or sleep. Olivia, for example, enjoyed hearing about the old woman who named things, or the story about a kitten with a big meow. Elena thought she was a very sweet girl.

Which was why, with the books piled on the bed stand and Olivia fast asleep, Elena decided it was time for a little miracle. It was clear to her, based on experience, careful eavesdropping, and sneak peaks at Olivia's charts, that the treatments were not working and the girl would be dead in a week. With children, unlike adults, Elena could not bring herself to perform triage. Every life needed to be saved.

Olivia's foot was cold. Poor wasted body. She slept uncomfortably, with the pale exhaustion of the dying: a shallow rest, as though in her mind she knew the end was near, and was afraid of never waking up again. Cancer always put a bad taste in Elena's mouth; like an unripe persimmon, shriveling the insides of her cheeks. No other disease caused quite the same reaction. Elena held on to the little girl's foot, and through that contact entered her dying body. Olivia's spirit felt older than her years: like a mummy, dry and brittle.

Elena, drifting like a ghost inside Olivia, played her game of possession. Breathed for the girl an image of health, coaxing and prodding, a gentle heal yourself, bury it down, because Olivia already had everything she needed: protective mechanisms that made it possible for any human to spontaneously regress even the most malignant of tumors. Natural human capabilities were a wondrous thing, but only if the body woke long enough to use them. Elena was very good at waking people up.

It took some time. Olivia's body was stubborn. Eventually, though, Elena felt the response: a subtle twist, a gathering of strength around the cancer in the child's brain. Little teeth, gnawing away at the tumor. No more swelling, after today. The girl would live longer than a week, longer than two, and in three, after exceeding everyone's expectations, after the death watch had grown tiresome, the doctors would perform another scan and discover the dying tumor, the healing brain, the happy child.

Elena fled back to her body. Sounds returned: the nurses, chattering softly in the hall outside Olivia's room, the click and beep of essential instruments, the squeal of stretcher wheels. She imagined the girl looked better already. There was pink in her cheeks.

Elena never heard the men enter the room. She felt pain between her shoulder blades, had a moment to think that was strange because she was always careful on the farm and rarely pulled a muscle, and then she started falling and it was impossible to stop, to hold on, to keep upright.

Hands caught her. Rough hands, strong, lifting her off the ground. Her throat felt paralyzed. She saw white coats, hard eyes.

Oh, no, she thought, lucid enough to feel fear. They finally found me.

Elena was carried away.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu Copyright © 2004 by Dorchester Publishing. Excerpted by permission.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Good read.

    I started this series with the first book (think it was a Free Friday offering) and plan to read the series. Good writing and very few typos.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Great series

    Great series-read the first one and decided I had to have the rest of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Nicely Done

    I really enjoyed this book. It is the second in a series but the book easily stands alone. Liu retraces just enough back story from the first book to make sense but does not take up too much time doing so.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Great Series

    This is definitely my favorite in the series. I love Artur and Elena. The romance is sizzling and the action is non-stop. All the characters introduced in this book are great. If you love paranormal romance and urban fantasy I recommend you read this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Highly recommend for paranormal fiction fans.

    She is very good at developing the characters and weaving a plot. Hard to put down once you start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    If you liked #1 You will like this also

    You get to meet some new people in this one and will grow to love or hate them as in the the novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Beware the foul language and explicit sex

    The story line is great. Ms. Liu has a wonderful way with words, and creates the mood well. I would give it 5 stars for that, but for the foul language and explicit sex, which ruined the book for me, I would give it no stars at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Well written but a dark story - 265 pgs on the Nook

    I was drawn into this series after reading the first book. This one however, took a very dark turn for me. It is still well written and draws you in but I found the first half of the book disturbing. Artur is kidnapped and taken to Russia to a lab facility where they're doing lab tests and torturing gifted people. An evil woman in charge craves power and answers by planting a worm in their brains to get them to follow the dark side. The story brings in a gifted healer and two other shape shifters that pull together to escape and run for their lives. I'm sure most readers may find this book engulfing and it keeps you on the edge of your seat but it was just a bit too dark for me. I still give it a high rating because it is well written with an enormous amount of imagination so my rating is more on the talent of this author rather than this single story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Exciting Series!

    This series is riveting and so well written. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a book that keeps you interested from cover to cover. Shadow Touch will touch all of your emotions, fear, compassion, love and so much more. Marjorie Liu does not disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    1/1/12

    Not as good as the first. Rather odd in fact.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Great Read

    Found this author thru Nook Books - now following thru her entire series. Fun, holds interest, very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    An excellent read

    This is my favorite of the Dirk & Steele series to date. I loved Artur and Elena and enjoyed all of the supporting characters as well. A great entry from a great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Not as good as Tiger Eye

    I have to admit that I skimmed over the latter half of this book. I just couldn't get into this one. I liked Artur's character much better in Tiger Eye. He was strong and mysterious in it. In this one he was weak and boring.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

    Terrific characters, fascinating plot

    One of Liu's best. The reader really cares about the two chief characters, their special gifts and the growing relationship. The dangerous situation that brings them together is captivating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Book 2 in Dirk and Steele

    After reading Tiger Eye (book 1 of this series) I kept a watch for its sequel. Shadow Touch is a great book to read. Full of action, adventure, romance, magic and madness. I hope to see a book about Rictor in the near future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2006

    I loved this book!

    I really enjoyed Tiger Eye and this book did not let me down one bit. It was loaded with suspense, action and romance. Great novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    This book was great.

    This book made my day. It was turning into a truly sucky day , but I started reading this book and I was happy again. The characters in the book where great. They werent the usual stale boring hero and heroine that are in other books. They were funny and intresting people. I even liked the secondary characters I thought they were intresting and I cant wait to read one of their stories. The story is a bit confusing but the characters make up for that. I loved this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    A Writer of Phenomenal Talent

    After reading Tiger Eye and A Taste of Crimson I didn't think the author could get any better but I was so wrong. Shadow Touch is a fabulous read. I read it in one sitting. I'm so glad Artur got his story and what a story it is. I'll not repeat what the other reviewers have already said but if you want a great story with wonderful characters then this book is for you. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    great, stayed home to read it

    Excellent sequel to Tiger Eye, but can stand alone. I like the layers the author is bringing to her stories and the depth of her character. I like how both Artur and Elena have issues and the they are explored. This series reminds me a bit how the tv series Babylon 5 started. A bit slow, exploring various characters and cultures slowly exposing the reader/viewer to new concepts and ideas and finally revealing an entire galaxy and millions of yrs of war and strife and the rise and fall of galactic empires. I have a feeling that the author will be taking us on a great ride slowly leading us to worlds and cultures neither us or her current characters are even aware of. It will be a fun ride and hopefully product lots and lots of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Interesting Paranormal

    I would definitely recommend this book to those that are into paranormal romance provided they appreciate more character development. There is a great deal of character development before the romance even begins. This book is excellently written and can be quite engaging.

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