Shadows of the Dead: A Special Tracking Unit Novel (Hardcover)

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This is book number 3 in the Special Tracking Unit series.

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Magnus “Steps” Craig is one of the FBI’s star trackers.  But then Magnus has a secret advantage, known only to those closest to him.  In childhood he nearly perished, actually dying for pivotal moments.  Ever since he sees the shadows of people’s passing, a track, if you will, of their essence guiding him to their whereabouts.  It is rare from of synesthesia incredibly handy in finding his quarry.  A woman is abducted, two men were involved. She was not the first victim, just the one fortunate enough to be rescued.  Kope uses his northwest setting beautifully in this taut thriller, and gives a likeable FBI agent as his lead.  

— Deon Stonehouse


The best tracker in the world, a man with a secret and a special set of skills, must find two nearly untraceable killers before time runs out for their victims, in Spencer Kope's Shadows of the Dead.

A woman—abducted and found in the trunk of a car after a high-speed chase—regains consciousness in the ICU to reveal two crucial pieces of information: the man who kidnapped her is not the same as the man who left her in the woods, and she's not the first victim—in fact, she is number eight.

Magnus “Steps” Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Known for his ability to find and follow trails over any surface, Steps is called in on cases that require his unparalleled skills. But there’s a secret to his talent. Steps has a kind of synesthesia where he can see the ‘essence’ of a person—what he calls ‘shine’—on everything they’ve touched.

Brought in to track the driver through a dense forest after the blood hounds have lost his trail, Steps and his partner Jimmy find the driver laughing maniacally, babbling about souls, and hiding a pristinely maintained box of eight posed rats. Now the Special Tracking Unit must chase two villains—through not just the real world, but the dark web as well—tracking an enemy they can't see, as time runs out for the unknown victims.

About the Author

SPENCER KOPE, author of the Special Tracking Unit series featuring Magnus "Steps" Craig, is the Crime Analyst for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Currently assigned to the Detectives Division, he provides case support to detectives and deputies, and is particularly good at identifying possible suspects. In his spare time he developed a database-driven analytical process called Forensic Vehicle Analysis (FVA) used to identify the make, model and year range of vehicles from surveillance photos. It's a tool he's used repeatedly to solve crimes. One of his favorite pastimes is getting lost in a bookstore, and he lives in Washington State.

Praise For…

"Kope has created something truly special." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250178343
ISBN-10: 1250178347
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Special Tracking Unit