Shadows Still Remain: A Novel [NOOK Book]

Overview

Edgy, electrifying and dark—a riveting debut

A Beautiful Woman, Missing

New York City, 2005. Thanksgiving weekend. A topless Kate Moss peers down from a billboard over rain-spattered Houston Street. Escaping a troubled past, Francesca Pena came to the city and reinvented herself. At New York University, her beauty and charisma are the envy of her privileged pals, yet none ...

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Overview

Edgy, electrifying and dark—a riveting debut

A Beautiful Woman, Missing

New York City, 2005. Thanksgiving weekend. A topless Kate Moss peers down from a billboard over rain-spattered Houston Street. Escaping a troubled past, Francesca Pena came to the city and reinvented herself. At New York University, her beauty and charisma are the envy of her privileged pals, yet none knows the real Francesca—who, after a night of drinking, is now missing.

A High-Stakes Gamble

Detective Darlene O'Hara of the Seventh Precinct and her partner, Serge "K." Krekorian, set out to find Pena. But when the case turns high-profile and Homicide is called in, O'Hara—who has an eighteen-year-old son she saddled with the name Axl Rose O'Hara, and whose binge drinking exacerbates the massive chip on her shoulder—refuses to let go. Risking both her and K.'s careers, she defies NYPD brass and Homicide legend Patrick Lowry to secretly pursue her own investigation.

A Desperate Chase—and a Chilling Twist

Following a deadly trail that leads from NYU's ivory towers to Brooklyn tattoo parlors, from a skanky strip club to a whitewashed boutique run by a Korean madam, O'Hara closes in on her prey. But she has to move fast, because Lowry and the NYPD are about to make a devastating mistake that will leave the real killer free.

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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
At the end of the novel, as all the pieces begin to fall into place, you realize how cleverly—some might say slickly—it has been plotted. But slick can be good, and this remains tough, skillful, sophisticated entertainment. When the crime-fiction aficionados set out to pick their best first novel of the year, Shadows Still Remain will be a contender.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

De Jonge, a James Patterson coauthor (Beach Road), delivers his first solo effort, a routine crime thriller set in New York City. NYPD Det. Darlene O'Hara, "beautiful and thirty-four, with wavy red hair and the kind of freckles men try to lick off shoulders," is looking for missing NYU student Francesca Pena, "a very pretty teenage girl with long jet-black hair and bottomless brown eyes," when she learns that Pena's brutally beaten body has been found in East River Park. While her professional colleagues soon focus on David McLain, Pena's hometown friend who initially reported her missing, O'Hara doubts McLain is guilty. As the evidence against McLain mounts, she persists in her search for the real killer, a quest that leads her to cross lines, risk her job and become a wanted person herself. Predictably, O'Hara's digging reveals Pena had a secret life. Few readers will be surprised that the detective manages to crack the case in the nick of time. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

The first solo effort by James Patterson's coauthor (Beach Road) delivers enough twists and turns for any thriller reader. New York detective Darlene O'Hara shares her hard-drinking ways and renegade streak with many a fictional cop, but there are some things that set her apart. She has yet to make it to Homicide, so she's forced to investigate the murder of Francesca Pena, a 19-year-old NYU student, off the clock and under the radar. Once a teenage mother, O'Hara feels a connection to both Francesca, who survived a troubled childhood, and suspect David McClain, Pena's erstwhile beau. David reminds her too much of her own son for her to believe him capable of the rape, torture, and murder. Instead, she worries at each scrap of evidence until it leads her further. O'Hara comes to some disturbing conclusions, but even after she and her partner make their arrests some questions remain. De Jonge conveys enough texture that it isn't hard to imagine this on the big screen. Here's hoping that we see O'Hara again.
—Eric Norton

Kirkus Reviews
In his first solo effort, James Patterson co-author de Jonge (Beach Road, 2006, etc.) introduces NYPD Det. Darlene O'Hara, charged with solving a grisly murder that's getting scads of publicity. The Monday after Thanksgiving, the mutilated body of Francesca Pena is discovered in lower Manhattan. An autopsy reveals she was horribly tortured before her death, and the newspapers are all over this grim story. The victim was a golden girl from an unsavory, unpromising urban environment, a high-school track star who got a full ride to NYU and was being touted as a future Rhodes Scholar. The case falls to O'Hara, a no-nonsense woman who also surmounted a tough past. The 34-year-old detective has an 18-year-old son and a hard-earned GED; she's street smart, tenacious and psychologically shrewd. The main suspect is Pena's erstwhile boyfriend, David McLain, who still pined for her even after she dumped him. Patrick Lawry, a corpulent master detective with plenty of experience in homicide, is ready to haul in McLain and add another award to his stellar resume, but O'Hara's not so sure. It turns out Pena was not as golden as she led the world to believe. She worked for a seedy escort service and a strip club. She may have been the lover of NYU's assistant provost for admissions. Even her community service, tutoring the pubescent daughters of a now-clean crack addict, wasn't quite what it seemed. O'Hara has tracked down the design of a tattoo the killer carved into Pena's lower back, and one of the girls has the same tattoo; their mother is not forthcoming with a plausible explanation. While "all she has to generate new leads is her memory, a six-pack, [and] the rapidly diminishing effects of . . .two large coffees," O'Hara finds this is enough-although she gets in deep trouble with publicity hound Lawry. An abhorrent crime, a slimy perp and a noirish prose style-all good but all derivative.
New York Times
“Startling plot twists. . . . In the noirish, character-driven vein of Dennis Lehane or Michael Connelly.”
Chicago Tribune
“A hectic, witty and emotionally satisfying thriller. . . . [O’Hara is] a terrific character, fresh and funny and infuriating. . . . A stunner.”
Washington Post
“First-rate crime fiction. . . . The book is alive with the sounds and smells and sins of New York. . . . When the crime-fiction aficionados set out to pick their best first novel of the year, SHADOWS STILL REMAIN will be a contender.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“SHADOWS has grit, color, suspense, and believable characters, and is delivered in a sharp and gratifyingly terse prose. . . . This guy is good.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061870125
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Darlene O'Hara Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 105,337
  • File size: 949 KB

Meet the Author

Peter de Jonge is the author of Shadows Still Remain and coauthor of three books with James Patterson: Miracle on the 17th Green and the number one New York Times bestsellers Beach Road and The Beach House. He worked as a reporter at the Associated Press and has been a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent solo debut, interesting character

    I like De Jonge's writing better than Patterson's or any of their collaborations. This novel was interesting, well-paced, and thoughtfully written. I hope he develops the character of OHara. I would like to see more of her in future novels. He does a good job of writing about a female character. Not too many authors can do that well. I like that he converts NYC into another character. The sense of place, and the contrast between the homes of the rich with the seedy bars and slums is very well featured. It reminds me of the novels of Dennis Lehane and Gabriel Cohen, where the location is as pertinent as the character and the plot. Good job, and I hope we will see more of his writing in the near future.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Ditch James Patterson, keep writing on your own

    Pick up the bargain book Shadows Still Remain by Peter De Jonge; you won't be sorry. This who done it is tautly woven with well worked out surprises up to the end. The plot is cleverly constructed. It's a page turner that keeps you wanting to know who and why. The ending is shocking. Very well written. I enjoyed the female protagonist. I'll look forward to more DeJonge novels written alone. Well worth the $3.99 bargain.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    An entertaining and impressive beginning of a new-crime fiction series

    If the name Peter de Jonge sounds familiar to a reader, it's because it has appeared next to the mega best-selling author James Patterson's name, and credited as co-author of several best-sellers such as "Miracle on the 17th Green", "Beach Road" and "The Beach House". "Shadows Still Remain" is his first novel written without collaboration with Mr. James Patterson. It is an impressive debut.

    After a night of heavy drinking, when Francesca Pena, a beautiful teenaged NYU student disappears, the case is assigned to Detective Darlene O'Hara. However, when Francesca's battered body is found in East River Park, the missing person case is suddenly transformed into a case of homicide, and the case is taken off Detective O'Hara's hands. Unwilling to let go of the case, O'Hara, a single mother and tenacious, continues her investigation privately and uncovers a hidden facet of Francesca's dark, secret life at an escort service and a strip club also.

    The setting of the novel - the Lower East Side of New York, with is narrow, shadowy streets, tiny bars, tattoo parlors, boutiques, and small parks, create a bewitching and interesting back ground. The story is fast paced. And full of unexpected twists and turns, the plot becomes more complex.

    With the second book featuring Detective O'Hara now in progress, Peter de Jonge has created a bright new crime fiction series. I found the book well-plotted, well-written, fast-paced, gripping and highly readable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    Nice

    Fine debut. Will purchase next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Kiddies

    PAD OUT TO ALL YOUR LITTER BOXES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Seriously good

    Enjoyable to the very last plot twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Anonymos

    I wish you deranged "cat" people would find a life, you'r all sickos. Use your facebook or twitter to masterbate. You wierdos

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Shadows still remain

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Goldheartlight

    Pads in with her kits.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Some cats are locked out.

    Burnout and co. As well as some others. Plz move.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Very good read

    Well written, great characters. Also read and enjoyed Ave B. This is my new favorite series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Hunter

    I'm going to KILL you ALL! YOU KILLED PRINCESS, AND STOLE OUR KITS!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Pikachu

    No.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Angelwing

    Okay. *carries lilackit & birdkit there*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    A shafow

    Stays still.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Dewkit

    A white shekit with amber patches wobbles in. Her tail is tipped with amber. •{{•Dewkit•}}•

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    To kits

    You must go to smiley face res one to seek true love and care

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Fallkit

    Hi looks around the new camp

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Honorblaze

    Applestar?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Marsh of Mystery

    A foggy marsh exists outside of ShadowClan's territory. Those who come here later report of seeing strange things, such as trees moving or rocks sliding. Are they illusions? Decide for yourself....

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