Stealing Shadows (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #1)

Stealing Shadows (Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series #1)

by Kay Hooper


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What if you can enter a madman’s cruel mind as he plans his vicious crimes? What if you can see the terrified face of his prey as he moves in for the kill—but you can’t stop his frenzy once he strikes?

Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers—until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie’s abilities know few boundaries. And she’s become certain—as no one else can be—that a murderer is stalking Ryan’s Bluff.

It's his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn't know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won't even listen to her—until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty . . . because if he senses her within him, he’ll trap her there, so deep she’ll never find her way out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553575538
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2000
Series: Bishop Special Crimes Unit Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 198,379
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Kay Hooper, who has more than thirteen million copies of her books in print worldwide, has won numerous awards and high praise for her novels. She lives in North Carolina.

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"Do you believe in the paranormal?"

That was unexpected and threw him for a moment. "The paranormal? You mean ghosts? UFOs? ESP?"

"Specifically extrasensory perception. Telepathy. Precognition." Her voice remained calm but she was sitting just a bit too stiffly and her clasped fingers moved nervously. She darted another glance at him, so fleeting that all he caught was a flash of those pale eyes.

Ben shrugged. "In theory I always thought it was just garbage. In fact, I've never encountered anything to make me change my mind." It was the fairly cynical mind common to many law enforcement officials, but he didn't add that.

She didn't look discouraged. "Are you willing to admit the possibility? To keep your mind open?"

"I hope I'm always willing to do that." Ben could have told her that he himself was give to hunches, to intuitions he found difficult to explain rationally, but he said nothing since it was a characterisitc that he hardly trusted. By training and inclination he was a man of reason.

Still utterly matter-of-fact, Cassie said, "There's going to be a murder."

She had surprised him again, unpleasantly this time. "I see. And you know that because you're psychic?"

She grimaced, registering the disbelief—and the suspicion of a prosecutor—in his voice. "Yes."

"You can see the future?"

"No. But I ... tapped into the mind of the man who intends to commit a murder."

"Even assuming that, intentions don't always translate into actions."

"This time they will. He will kill."

Ben rubbed the back of his neck as he stared at her. Maybe she was a kook. Or maybe not. "Okay. Who's going to be murdered?"

"I don't know. I saw her face when he watched her, but I don't know who she is."

Ben frowned. "When he watched her?"

She hesitated, her thin face tightening. Then she said, "I was .. in his mind for only a few seconds. Seeing with his eyes, listening to his thoughts. He's been watching her and he's decided to kill her. Soon."

"Who is he?"

"I don't know."

"Wait a minute, you claim you were inside the guy's head, but you don't know who he is?"

"No." She answered patiently, as though to an oft-repeated question. "Identity isn't a conscious thought most of the time. He knows who he is, so it wasn't something he was thinking about. And I didn't see any part of him, not his hands, or his clothing—or his reflection in a mirror. I don't know who he is. I don't knwo what he looks like."

"But you know he's going to kill someone. A woman."


Ben drew a breath. "Why didn't you go to the sheriff?"

"I did, last week. He didn't believe me."

"Which is why you came to me."


Ben picked up a pen and turned it in his fingers. "What do you expect me to do about it?"

"Believe me," she answered simply. For the first time she looked squarely at him.

Ben felt as if she had reached across the desk and placed her hand on him. It was a warm hand.

He drew a breath, holding her gaze with his own. "And assuming I can bring myself to do that? Is there anything you can tell me that might stop this murder from taking place?"

"No. Not ... yet." She shook her head, unblinking."I may see more. I may not. The fact that I connected to him without holding something that he touched, without knowing him, is unusual. It must have been the ... intensity of his thoughts and plans, his eagerness that reached out to me. Maybe I did touch something he had touched without knowing it. Or maybe he was pysically nearby, and that's why I was able to steal the shadows—" She broke off abruptly and looked down once more.

He missed that warm hand. It was another surprise.

"Steal the shadows?"

Reluctantly Cassie said,"It's what I call it when I am able to slip into a killer's mind and pick up bits and pieces of what he's thinking, planning. Their minds tend to be dark .. filled with shadows." Her fingers were really working now, their nervous energy in stark contrast to her calm face and voice

"You've done this before?"

She nodded.

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Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with the 12th book in this series, not realizing it was a series, then had to start from the beginning (and ended up reading book 12 again). The books are amazing. She really explains the psychic abilities of each character in a way that is easy to understand and each novel left me wanting more. I can't wait for book 13 to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my sister started me readinh kay hoopers books now I am hooked on the series with bishop . I hope kay continues to write more , its hard to put down.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I normally don't read very many adult books, but this has opened my eyes to a genre that is definitely done better for an adult audience (gore-y mysteries that include paranormal cops). I have already read quite a few from this series and I love that I don't have to read the books in order, or all of them for that matter, for the series to make sense. In each book we are introduced to new characters so each can be read as a standalone. I love the paranormals in this book and found the concept so interesting. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The only thing I didn't like about this book (and I have found it is a recurring theme in the series) is that the ending is pretty vague. I believe it is the author allowing the reader to come up with their own interpretation and theories, so I get it now, but when I first read this one it was kind of a let down. I will definitely be continuing with this series and will be keeping my eyes open for more adult books with this kind of subject.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story, well-written and interesting. It's a little too grim for me, though - I'm not into serial murderers, even with psychic powers in the mix. It definitely read like there was a backstory to Bishop, but apparently this was his intro. I rather like Cassie and I really like Ben - Kay Hooper managed to take the romance-standard tropes of 'overwhelming attraction' and 'one person hurt makes the other admit love' and put some very nice twists on them. Ben and his walls were major factors in both the romance and the mystery - not stuck in just for one aspect of the story. Overall, very nicely done - glad I read it. Oddly enough, I seem to have read it before - I rated it - but I didn't remember it at all. No, I seem to have rated all my Hoopers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last couple of chapters coyld have been shorter. (The "no cant yes i can") arguments can get a little tedious in any novel no matter how good the story goes.
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Good read
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Just ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you hooked and guessing up to the last chapter! You may even throw it across the room you get so nervous but you'll be running to pick it right back up !!!
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Kay Hooper can build a character in two sentences! I love the Bishop and Haven series.
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I read this book five years or so ago and loved it and the whole series. Since then I have been a constant reader mainly of fantasy. Rereading this makes me realize that it is slightly simplistic but in a good uncomplicated way. Nice easy edge of your seat thriller. Try it.
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Just the thought of what the characters are going through will keep me awake at night! The scariest monsters out there are psycho humans, and this book gets into the emotions of all the characters. I would not recommend this to immature or impressionable readers, especially such as children or young adults. But for all murder mystery readers, this will grab your interest. I look forward to more of her books.