Everyone has a secret they don't dare tell anyone.
He'll kill you for yours.
Cody McFadyen has shocked even the most jaded suspense fans with Shadow Man and The Face of Death. Now comes a thriller that outdoes them all, featuring a psychopath on a perverse crusade of murder. And the one woman who can stop him has a secret that will change her from the hunter to the hunted....
A lie, a long-ago affair, a dark desire--everyone has secrets they take to the grave. No one knew that better than FBI special agent Smoky Barrett. But what secret was a very private young woman keeping that led to her very public murder? And what kind of killer was so driven and so brazenly daring that he'd take her life on a commercial airliner thirty thousand feet in midair, a killer so accomplished that he'd leave only a small souvenir behind?
These are the questions that bring Smoky and her hand-picked team of experienced manhunters from L.A. to the autumn chill of Washington, D.C., by order of the FBI director himself--and at the special request of a high-powered grieving D.C. mother.
As a mother, Smoky knows the pain of losing a child--it nearly killed her once before. As a cop with her own twisted past, she takes every murder personally, which is both her greatest strength and her only weakness. Brilliant, merciless, righteous, the killer Smoky is hunting this time is on his own personal mission, whose cost in innocent human lives he's only begun to collect. For in his eyes no one is innocent; everyone harbors a secret sin, including Smoky Barrett.
Soon Smoky will have to face what she's so carefully hidden even from her own team--and confront a flawless killer who knows her flaws with murderous intimacy.
From the Hardcover edition.
Why did he leave her alive?They find the girl in the master bedroom, the bodies of the family around her. She's holding a gun to her head. And she will only talk to Smoky Barrett.
Smoky is just starting to pick up the pieces of her own life. She knows what it's like to lose everyone you love. But her tragedy is nothing compared with this case. Because this isn't the first time it's happened. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kingsley has lost her family before. Not once, but twice.
Someone out there wants her to stare death in the face - again and again . . .
The woman had been missing for almost eight years.
Someone watched her, stalked her, kidnapped her, and held her captive in the dark all that time. No ransom demand, and no suspects. No answers, even now that the woman has been found - thrown from an unmarked car in front of a beachside wedding - alive but unbearably traumatised.
All she can do is scream.
Tracking a kidnapper who appears to have no motive, FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett and her team are plunged into the most sinister and disturbing case of their careers.Then they start to find the others.
FBI agent Smoky Barrett is no stranger to the darker recesses of the human mind. But nothing could have prepared her for the day she had to watch her husband and daughter die at the hands of a serial killer. She bears the scars, mental and physical. Most people would run - from work, from life, from everything associated with the pain of a shattered existence. But Smoky doesn't know how to run - and when the job that has defined her life comes calling once again with the news that her best friend from high school has been brutally murdered, she finds herself back in the firing line, chasing a hidden killer who will stop at nothing to confront her. Face to face.
Imagine a serial killer who has already struck a horrific number of times. A killer who discovers people's secrets -- the deepest, darkest secrets we keep even from ourselves -- and uses them to target and destroy his victims. The case begins with a shock, and the twists keep coming, when FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett and her team investigate a murder brazenly committed on a flight from Texas to Virginia. Who will the next victim be? Everyone in the world has secrets. Even Smoky.
For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, her colleague@12@s wedding is cause for celebration. Until a woman staggers down the aisle@95@mdash;incoherent, wearing only a white nightgown. A fingerprint check determines that she@12@s been missing for nearly eight years. Her coldly efficient captor toyed with her mind and body, imprisoning her, depriving her of any contact with the outside world. As Smoky fits together the pieces of what remains of the victim@12@s fractured life, a chilling picture emerges of a cerebral psychopath who doesn@12@t take murder personally, never makes a mistake, follows his own sinister logic, and has set the perfect trap.@16@
In Shadow Man, Cody McFadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. Get ready for a shattering confrontation with the very essence of human evil.
"I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I'll kill myself."
The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims "The Stranger" killed her adoptive family, that he's been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her.
No one has. Until now.
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation's elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they'll have to be to deal with this case.
For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an "artist" who's molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim--and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger--an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she's not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won't have time to do anything but die.
From the Hardcover edition.
Froid, calculateur et une cruauté sans limite, il ne tue pas ses victimes mais les torture à petit feu durant des années... C'est une belle journée ensoleillée en Californie. Smoky Barrett, agent spécial du FBI, assiste avec toute son équipe au mariage d'une collègue. Au beau milieu de la cérémonie, une Ford Mustang fait irruption sur le parking attenant. La portière s'ouvre. Une femme décharnée, le crâne rasé, les yeux emplis de terreur, est violemment jetée à terre. Qui est-elle ? S'agit-il d'une provocation, d'un message ? Est-ce le début d'un jeu de piste infernal ? Pour lever le mystère, Smoky et son équipe vont devoir traquer le psychopathe le plus dérangeant, le plus intelligent, le plus indéchiffrable aussi auquel ils aient jamais eu affaire. Dès son premier roman, Cody McFadyen s'est imposé comme un maître du thriller contemporain. Avec ce nouvel opus, plus sombre que jamais, il nous plonge dans les tréfonds de l'âme humaine, face à l'expression du mal la plus triomphante.
Découpage ultrarapide, violence millimétrée, suspense hyperbolique... Après Shadowman, Cody McFadyen confirme nos soupçons : il est un maître du nouveau thriller. Sarah, seize ans, un pistolet sur la tempe, menace de se suicider si l'agent Smoky Barrett ne vient pas lui parler... À côté d'elle gisent dans le sang les cadavres éventrés des membres de sa dernière famille adoptive. Depuis dix ans, un serial killer qu'elle appelle " l'Étranger " assassine chacun de ses proches, selon des scénarios toujours plus pervers et plus effrayants. Davantage que sa proie, il voit en Sarah son chef-d'oeuvre. Un chef-d'oeuvre qu'il a baptisé : " Une vie ruinée ". Traumatisée par les meurtres de sa fille et de son mari, Smoky avait décidé de prendre du recul, peut-être même de quitter le FBI. Elle devra aller au bout de ses limites pour répondre à l'appel désespéré de Sarah et protéger ceux qu'elle aime... " Un thriller terrifiant qui nous entraîne loin des serial killers ordinaires. " Publishers Weekly " McFadyen écrit comme un vétéran du genre. " Booklist
Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best-until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead-but her life was shattered forever.
Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who's lost everything, what is there left to lose?
She's about to find out.
In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him-a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers' attempts to understand him. And he's issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.
The killer videotaped his latest crime-an act of horror that left a child motherless-then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.
Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again-and she's about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother...and a merciless killer's next victim.
From the Hardcover edition.
Chacun d'entre nous a son secret. Dans un avion en plein vol, une jeune femme est assassinée sans que personne ne s'en aperçoive. Pour tout indice le meurtrier a incrusté une petite croix portant le numéro 143 dans le corps de sa victime. Bientôt, une autre femme, marquée elle aussi d'une petite croix numérotée, est retrouvée morte. Smoky, agente spéciale du FBI, sait ce que cela signifie : un tueur en série. De Los Angeles à Washington, elle va traquer ce criminel insaisissable. Fanatique religieux, celui qui se nomme lui-même le Prédicateur va jusqu'à poster sur Internet des vidéos de ses crimes. Il y parle de péché et de repentir. Mais à quels péchés se réfère-t-il ? Et comment en aurait-il eu connaissance ? Bientôt, Smoky comprend que ce tueur d'une intelligence aiguë connaît les moindres zones d'ombre de son existence. Elle-même constitue une cible parfaite... car nous avons tous des secrets que nous tairons jusqu'à la mort, et Smoky ne fait pas exception