Collecting the Dead

Collecting the Dead

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"Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are particularly needed, he works as a tracker. The media dubs him "The Human Bloodhound," since Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a special ability--a kind of synesthesia--where he can see the 'essence' of a person, something he calls 'shine,' on everything they've touched. His ability is known to only a few people--his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. When the remains of a murdered woman are found, Steps recognizes the shine left by the murderer from another crime scene with a physically similar victim. And he uncovers the signature at both scenes--the mark of a sad face. At the same time, another killer, one Steps has dubbed Leonardo and has been trying to track for over ten years, appears again, taunting Steps. But while Steps tries to find a clue that will lead him to Leonardo, the case of the Sad Face Killer heats up. The team uncovers eleven possible victims: missing women who fit the same pattern. Using his skill and the resources of the Bureau, it is a race against time to find the killer before it's too late"--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250072870
1250072875
Branch Call Number: MF KOPE, SPENCER
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm

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Oct 14, 2016

Absolutely fantastic book from a first time author!! Could not put it down nor wait to find out how the plot turns would work out! As others have mentioned, am really looking forward to book #2 and others in the series.

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calebsimonovic
Aug 29, 2016

Fantastic book, really enjoyed the author's writing style. Lots of suspense, and some dry wit. Looking forward to his next one.

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PAMELAB7279
Aug 03, 2016

Coping with and using an unwanted ability makes a very interesting twist in this debut suspense novel. Can't wait for book #2.

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CoMoReader
Jun 05, 2016

Steps is an FBI tracker who has a special ability to detect and identify the residual "shine" left by individuals wherever they've been. Shine is unique for each person. This skill gives Steps and his team an unbeatable edge when it comes to solving crimes in general and catching serial killers in particular. This book was a good read although not as suspenseful as I prefer. I enjoy it when when someone has a seemingly supernatural advantage with which to fight bad guys/evil, The trade off is an uneven playing field where there's not much wondering about who will win or how. Collecting the Dead was an enjoyable read with a protagonist who is interesting for reasons beyond his unique talents. I look forward to the next Steps novel.

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