The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Globe Life

August 13, 2007

Book review: Authors show similarities in crime thrillers

By Phyllis Seesengood

Globe columnist

‘Face of Death’

By Cody McFadyen

(compact disc audiobook)

Special Agent Smoky Barrett of the special crimes unit of Los Angeles is called to the scene of a triple homicide. The three victims have been tortured and their bodies mutilated.

A young girl, 16-year-old Sarah, is the only survivor at the crime scene. Members of Sarah’s foster family are the victims of the grisly murders. Smoky learns that Sarah’s own parents were murdered when she was only six years old by a man she calls “The Stranger.” Sarah claims that The Stranger has been stalking her since her parents’ murders. Everyone whom Sarah has ever been close to has suffered horrific deaths at the hands of this madman.

No one has ever really believed Sarah’s story until now. As Smoky reads Sarah’s diary and gets her to open up little by little, Smoky believes that Sarah is telling the truth. Smoky’s own life was changed forever a year ago when her husband and young daughter met their deaths at the hands of a serial killer. Smoky was raped and her face was horribly disfigured by the murderer. Her best friend was murdered shortly afterwards, and Smoky subsequently adopted her young daughter. The girl hasn’t spoken a word since the traumatic murder. So, yes, Smoky knows there are maniacs who commit atrocious crimes, and she will do everything in her power to capture this killer before he strikes again.

Cody McFadyen writes a gripping suspenseful psychological thriller. This novel follows his first book, “Shadow Man.” McFadyen provides gruesome descriptions of the murder scenes, memorable characters and exciting plot twists. Joyce Bean provides excellent narration and character portrayals for this audiobook.

The Joplin Public Library also owns copies of the “Face of Death” and “Shadow Man” in regular print.

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