Review: The Shadow Man – Mark Murphy
Malcolm King has lived a perfect life. He’s a successful surgeon, has a beautiful wife and daughter, and is content with lot he’s drawn in life. He has everything he’s ever wanted and loves his life to the fullest. God has made his dreams come true and for that he’s grateful.
When an unexpected accident occurs after he’s returned home from a surgical convention, Malcolm doesn’t think much of it. He assumes it was just a random occurrence. Yet when other unexpected happenings start to crop up, he’s no longer sure as to whether what happened at the airport was as random as it seemed. Someone’s out to get him and he’s not sure as to why that might be.
Malcolm’s first thought is to protect his family. His second thought is to discover the identity of the person behind the recent attacks. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done. His unknown assailant is quite clever and covers his tracks at every turn. He’s now been implicated in several murders and the police are sure that he’s behind every one of them. It doesn’t matter that he cites his innocence at every turn. He’s guilty and the authorities will do everything within their power to take him down.
His only saving grace is a man he’s come to think of as the Thin Man. Malcolm first thought the guy was a figment of his imagination, something he conjured up in the face of such adversity. Yet it soon turns out that the Thin Man is nothing like what he’d perceived him to be. Billy Littlebear has extensive knowledge of Malcolm’s life. He knows exactly what’s going on with the situation at hand. Despite this, Malcolm is unsure as to whether he can place his trust in Billy’s hands.
With no other alternative, Malcolm embarks on a journey that leads him along a rocky path toward discovering just what it is that the serial killer wants. The closer he gets, the more the body count piles up. Never-the-less, he’s determined to unmask the culprit, once and for all. He knows there’s no turning back and he won’t rest until he’s cleared his name completely.
Time begins to dwindle and Malcolm soon finds himself at the head of the foray. Those he loves and cares for have been threatened. There’s no longer any doubt that he’s a target. He’ll need to step up and make things happen if he’s to succeed in doing away with the Shadow Man and all of his shenanigans. His dreams and the blackbirds show him where he needs to go, even if he can’t quite understand what’s going on, then and there. Never-the-less, he’ll do everything within his power to thwart the killer’s plans, even if it may end up getting him killed in the long run.
This is one of those books that you just can’t put down once you sit down and start reading it. Full of intrigue and numerous twists and turns, it’s sure to boggle the reader’s mind as he/she flip the page to discover what happens next. It’s definitely one I recommend for reading. I enjoyed it immensely!
Savannah surgeon Malcolm King had a perfect life–a loving wife, devoted daughter, and a thriving medical practice. But when a random airport parking lot hit-and-run links him to a dead body in a Florida hotel and an acquaintance is found dismembered and stuffed into a garbage bag, Malcolm finds himself on the run as a suspected serial killer. But he’s no murderer. Or is he?
Who is the mysterious Thin Man who lurks at the edges of his vision? Are the ravens that crowd the skies overhead a warning of impending doom–or do they exist at all?
With the help of Seminole tracker Billy Littlebear, Malcolm tries to untangle the web of clues left behind by a mysterious chameleon-like killer known as the Shadow Man. But will he be too late?
The Shadow Man is a complex, atmospheric thriller in the tradition of Stephen King. Darkly evocative and relentless in its twists and turns, it dares the reader to put it down–even for a minute.
About The Author:
A physician currently living in Savannah, Georgia, Mark Murphy is also a lifelong award-winning writer.
In the midst of a busy medical career which included several academic publications, Dr. Murphy’s decision to attend the Iowa Summer Writing Festival led to the inclusion of a short story, “The Funeral,” in a 2004 collection of works entitled ‘O! Georgia!’
A well-received regular newspaper column in the Savannah Morning News, http://savannahnow.com/authors/mark-e-murphy, followed.
The Shadow Man is his first novel.
Connect With Him Online:
Savannah Book Festival: http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/authors/mark-murphy