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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 hSavannah 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....

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The Shadow Man Reviews

  • Mark Murphy
    2019-03-23 04:36

    Okay, I'm biased. I wrote this. But I think it accomplished what I set out to do--to write an atmospheric, twist-laden Stephen King-like thriller with more than a hint of the supernatural and a villain so evil that you feel like showering after reading about him.My home town, Savannah, Georgia, is an old city by U.S. standards. It clings delicately to its namesake marshes like a true Southern Belle, gracious and unassuming. But my town has many ghosts. As John Berendt discovered in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," there is a seamy underbelly to the city that the casual tourist may never glimpse. The old girl has some grime on her knickers. And that aspect of Savannah is one which I hoped to bring out in my novel. I think I was successful in that regard.I also wanted to stress the strength of the loving bonds of one's family and a connection with the unseen and unknown (God, the spirit world, and nature itself). Without being a spoiler, the essential strengths of the best characters in "The Shadow Man" are derived from these sorts of connections--and the flaws of the most corrupt characters are rooted in their lack of these values. The innate strengths of the female characters in the novel reflect this, as well. My "girls" are no shrinking violets, no damsels-in-distress. They kick ass--and keep the family together, too.This book was supposed to be a page-turner. I wanted it to be nearly impossible to put aside--the literary equivalent of a bag of Lay's potato chips given to a starving man.I'll let the rest of you tell me what you think.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-06 05:43

    Respected surgeon is being set up by a serial killer to make it look like he is the serial killer. His best friend believes in him or does he? His wife believes in him or does she? His daughter seems to be the only one willing to defend him as he is a fugitive on the lam. Although I found myself turning the pages quickly which is of course the number one reason I read thrillers, I also found myself rolling my eyes at many of the situations. A couple of examples... the doctor is hiding out and ends up hiding from tracking dogs inside of an animal's corpse. He gets the "best dream-filled sleep he has had" while inside the putrid, bloated body. He keeps using his cell phone (which by the way kept a charge for much longer than any phone I've heard of) while thinking that eventually the cops would look for him through GPS and then he would not be able to use the phone...well duh!Not bad, but not great either.

  • Fran
    2019-03-25 01:28

    Shadow Man: Mark MurphyOrchestrating a murder and making sure no one finds the victim is where our psychological thriller takes fold. The Florida swamps is the setting as a sick and demented killer named “Q” begins by dismembering the body of an unknown woman and burying her deep within the swamp hoping the alligators will devour her as their next meal. Tossing her body parts into the swamp as if he is playing ring toss or any other game requiring you to rid yourself of the pieces, he flings them quite callously to his newfound reptilian friends. But, not everyone runs the way he likes it and soon many other alligators would stomp, chomp and want their taste of this bounty but someone shakes his confidence. Mystical rites, customs or just the fact that looking up into the sky he sees ravens. Hearing the song of these ravens and wondering about the Seminole culture would shake him to the core but not stop him from killing even more. Remembering that the Seminoles believed in all this mystical folklore, spirit guides and communing with nature. Blocking it out of his mind but he heard something else. Would this sound of a howling dog haunt him? If a soul were moved would it come back for him? Shadow Man: Mark Murphy. Malcolm King is about to enter a world that one might say is identical to that of living in the Twilight Zone. Things are about to happen that would make him think he might be losing his mind, living in another world or dimension and definitely threaten his inner most being and rock his world equal to that of 9.0 quake on the Richter scale. Some quakes or tremors start off with just a little shake or rattle before the full impact occurs. An intentional hit by a Chevy SUV Florida plates destroys his BMW leaving Dr. Malcolm King answering questions of the police. Only because of who he is does he get a warning. Flying off the handle, crashing the parking gate he’s stopped by a police office. Only because of who he is does he get a warning and not a ticket. But, the next incident might shake his world a little harder and the pieces of his life begin to shatter as his argument in the middle of the night with a neighbor comes crashing down on him but not before he learns that the SUV was stolen and sends the plate number to a friend in the Savannah, Chatham PD. Disoriented and unsure of himself he is greeted in the morning by another officer this time asking about his early morning call to his neighbor, John Pendleton. A row over his dog Snoopy the center of the conversation the fact that the dog was mutilated and killed with definite precision as if by a surgeon soon to be his problem The author graphically describes what the killer does to this poor Basset Hound as he defines it as eviscerating the dog. Can you feel the earth shaking? Maybe a 2 on the scale.This is just the tip of the quake as Amy; his wife goes to be with her mother during surgery that has complications. As another death is attributed to his killer but not before someone enters his home and blows out all the mirrors and windows and gets away. A former patient is found dead with his business card near his body and the man gutted out the same way as the dog. Just how all this fits together has yet to be seen as the first death has not been identified or reported. Who was the officer that came to his house to question him about the dog? Could this be a brazen killer? Move the quake to 3.5 on the scale. If you have ever seen the old classic movie Gaslight you might think the events are similar and that someone is trying to make you think you are going crazy. Added into the mix is his friend Ben who appears to be helping him. But, when brought in for questioning the officer seems cold and odd. Speaking with Ben he realizes he does have his best interest at heart but there are many things happening that appear odd. Sharing his encounters with his wife brings to light that the first cop was a phony and telling her the truth ignited her fear but her anger for holding back. But, when Malcolm listens to his messages his heart pounds and he realizes that the person behind these events is serious, as a tape of the latest victim begging him not to kill him has surfaced on his machine. But, who is doing this remains to be seen and why quite diabolical yet clever. A close friend warns him about another murder and Mal is on the run. Haunted by a man he refers to as the Thin Man in his dreams he runs and finds this specter or person claiming he wants to help him. Just who is Billy Littlebear and why does he want to help him? As Billy tells him about his heritage as a Seminole Indian, why he is helping him and fact that he is a cop Malcolm begins to process that the same killer is after him that went after this man’s brother. But why and who? As the author tells the history of the tribe, the people and their problems with the government we get Malcolm to relax, get sidetracked from his trouble as he tells him about his brother, the gruesome murders and the link to his. But, his brother was not that lucky, no one came to his defense and he died from a lethal injection. The history of the murders you won’t believe until you read it for yourself. But, be aware that the descriptions are graphic and not for anyone squeamish. What happens next is almost in slow motion as Malcolm thinks Billy is behind the murders and learns the truth about what happened to his wife. Next, he tries to find Amy and Mimi only to teach the lunatic that is after him has kidnapped them. Ripper is the key and his paper the link to why this man is doing it. Pawns all of the victims. All of them linked to Malcolm his paper on Jack the Ripper and this man’s insecurities and hate for his own physical deformity and more. But, Mimi is smart, savvy and will not allow this man to win and does all she can to save herself and Amy, her mother as Billy Littlebear comes to the rescue but where is Malcolm and how did the media get involved in this nightmare and why was Tina Baker the reporter so bent on getting this story at all costs? When Malcolm comes face to face with the killer called the Shadow Man you won’t believe his reasoning, why he has been committing murders and the end result. How many more people will die before someone finally takes him down? Just how far will Amy and Mimi go to save themselves and Malcolm? One man whose life would be ruined if this man succeeds? When you finally understand his rationale and see where it leads the earthquake will reach more than just 10 on the scale as the explosions soar, the death count rises and a killer thinks he’s won. This is a story about deceit, trust, loyalty, honesty and one man named Billy Littlebear who came into Malcolm’s life and then was gone. Where is the Shadow Man? Only the author knows what happened and have course this reader who read this fast paced psychological thriller with a touch of paranormal, which really made the ending special. You want to know why? Great characters that are strong, straightforward and a young girl named Mimi, who is tough, bold and who won’t give up until your father is safe and her parents are together. What is the final outcome? Who lives? Who dies? Ask the Shadow Man if you can find him? Let’s hope you don’t! Read it and find out and beware: This guys dangerous. Don’t turn your back.Fran Lewis: reviewer

  • Bookworm
    2019-03-20 02:42

    The Shadow Man opens with a serial killer named "Q" in the middle of a swamp in Florida as he is disposing of his recent kill. He is feeding her body parts to hungry gators.Q hints at his surgical residency, so straight away the reader knows this killer was involved in the medical field at one point, and may have been a surgeon.Surgeon Malcolm King has a nice life, a great career, a wife named Amy and a fifteen year old daughter named Mimi. The family lives in a beautiful house in a prominent neighborhood in Savannah with their dog Daisy.As Q continues his string of murders, Malcolm becomes a suspect. Not only does Malcolm not have an alibi, he is a surgeon and the killer uses surgeon like precision when committing the murders. Malcolm finds himself drawn into the killers web as he tries to prove his innocence. All the victims seem to be connected to Malcolm in some way.The Shadow Man was a thrill ride from start to finish. I liked that the book begins with Q's point of view, it gives the story a very creepy starting point. As you start reading, you find yourself deep in the Florida swamp as a serial killer is feeding body parts to the crocodiles.Part of me wondered if Malcolm was behind the murders but didn't know it himself, he seemed to be asleep when the killings were occurring. He'd also wake up confused as to where he was most of the time, but this of course could just be because of stress, his wife having to leave town and his stressing over the killings. When he began to see the Thin Man, I wondered about his sanity.Author Mark Murphy has a knack for descriptive storytelling and he created an eerie atmosphere throughout the story. The Florida setting is the perfect backdrop to this nail biting read. As I read I could easily envision the sights and sounds of Savannah. Malcolm's house lays right along a river and there's been rumors of this old house being haunted.The supporting cast of characters was well written. Malcolm's childhood friend is Ben, now a detective who is working on the murder case. I suspected him as the killer, but then again, everyone is a suspect. As the story took its twists and turns, I didn't know what to expect next. Just when I thought I had the killer figured out, the author took me on a different route.Malcolm befriends a man named Billy Littlebear, who is a Seminole tracker. Billy wants to help him find the killer and has his own personal motives for doing so. I found myself liking Malcolm from the start and I didn't want him to be the murderer.Q is as bad as they get. The descriptions of his actions are gory as he models himself after Jack the Ripper and calls himself Jack. Reminiscent of Dean Koontz's work, The Shadow Man is a suspenseful read that I enjoyed from start to finish. I found myself fully immersed as I tried to figure out the killer's identity. Author Mark Murphy is a physician and this shows in his work. I didn't feel shortchanged as I read about the medical aspects in the story, I could tell this skilled writer knew what he was talking about. He also gives some history on the City of Savannah, which I found to be a nice touch as these details enhanced the story. I recommend this one to fans of mystery thrillers, or to anyone looking to get caught up in a suspenseful, well written read. read my full review here review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I received a free copy of The Shadow Man for review.

  • Tia Bach
    2019-03-05 01:38

    Rating: 4.5 stars (but worthy of rounding up)Dr. Malcolm King has an enviable life; he's a well-respected surgeon with a loving family. But everything starts to unravel when grisly murders occur and all evidence points to him. He contacts a longtime friend, Ben, who works in homicide. When every victim has a connection to Malcolm and various personal effects of his are found at the crime scenes, even Ben starts having his doubts.Still, Ben manages to give Malcolm a heads up that the police are coming to arrest him. In a desperate attempt for more time to clear his name, Malcolm goes on the run and encounters Billy Littlebear. Billy says he's there to help and has details about the real murderer. Unfortunately, Malcolm doesn't know who to trust anymore, especially since the killer seems to know his every move. Is anyone safe from this mad man? Is Dr. King innocent? Is Billy really there to help?I hesitate to offer much more summary, because it would take away from the experience of reading the book. Just when you think you can guess the next development, hold on. The author stays one step ahead of you with every turn of the page. A couple of times I considered jumping to the end to release the tension of not knowing, but I quickly realized I didn't want to miss one piece of the puzzle. Pick up a copy and clear a day! Once you start reading, you will not be able to put it down. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy a fast-paced ride that will leave them guessing. Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Julie Graves
    2019-03-10 23:45

    My Thoughts:The Shadow Man kept me turning pages late into the evening! It started out with a grisly murder and ended with heart-stopping drama. Throughout the story I was constantly trying to figure out what was up with The Shadow Man. Why was he bent on ruining Malcolm and his family? It was a quite twisted and entertaining story. While I liked the character of Billy, I wasn't a fan of the way the author tried to weave in some Indian legend supernatural stuff through Billy and some birds, but I'll let you read it and be the judge rather than give away anything else. For the most part The Shadow Man kept me on the edge of my seat, the author very adeptly portrayed the evilness that was The Shadow Man.Warning:For the most part I review Christian novels on my blog. This is in NO WAY a Christian novel. There is violence, there is cursing(including the f-word), and evil is portrayed very prominently. The characters were portrayed true-to-life, Malcolm and his family were not dysfunctional, and evil does not have victory, and that is how I was able to read this book...besides the fact I love a good scare-the-pants-off-of-you read!

  • William Bentrim
    2019-03-21 06:50

    The Shadow Man by Mark MurphyWow, what is it with these southern gentlemen and their macabre story telling. Mark Murphy is going to be a name to contend with in contemporary thrillers, move over Pat Conroy. While Murphy is not as poetically inclined in his prose, he certainly grabs your interest and you only wrest free on the final page. This is a tale of demented love, twisted by jealous desire and self loathing. Malcolm King is a successful surgeon with a lovely family. His perfect life is shattered by malicious mischief. Murphy does a terrific job in his characterizations. Malcolm is highly likeable and his family is believable. The portrayal of Q is compelling and frightening. The touch of the occult adds to the misty mystery quality of the story. I am really impressed that this is Mr. Murphy’s first novel. I look forward to his next and strongly recommend that you budget sufficient time to read this in as few a sittings as possible. It is worth it!I highly recommend the book.

  • James
    2019-03-18 07:49

    I read this in one sitting, as I couldn't tear myself away. I was on the edge of my seat (both literally and figuratively) for much of the book The atmosphere is so rich and unsettling that you can't help but surrender to it, as the story grabs you and doesn't let go. Certain moments will chill you to the bone, and Murphy writes them in such a way that you share in his characters dread, feel the fear as if it were you. Stop reading my review and start reading this book.

  • Abby
    2019-03-16 05:27

    I am a huge fan of the horror/thriller genre. I have watched and read so many films and books in this genre, that I am rarely surprised by anything. This book was definitely an exception! The whole time I read 'The Shadow Man' I was on edge, even my own foot startled me at one point. Mark Murphy did a great job of creating an eerie atmosphere throughout the whole book, and the ending was excellent. Read it now!!

  • Lissette
    2019-02-24 03:39

    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!

  • Lenore Webb
    2019-02-22 04:41

    Mark Murphy wrote The Shadow Man and I joined in on the Tribute Books Blog Tour. I love reading, I love tours and now I am a bit in love with Mark Murphy or better yet in his world. I am a fan of mystery. The kind that has you lost elsewhere and not wanting to return. Stephen King is known for this as well as Johnathan Kellerman, Tami Hoag and Lisa Gardner. All favorites of mine. I know that Mark Murphy is going to be sitting on the shelf right along side of them now. You know by now that I do not tell you much about a plot as I want you to discover it for yourself. Hate when someone gives away a story line to me. So let's just share that this is suspense caught up in a dream catchers weave as it rips into reality.

  • Threasa Jenkins
    2019-03-01 03:29

    Just received my brand new copy of The Shadow Man in the mail today. I won this book on goodreads giveaways. Hooray for me! I cannot wait to get started on reading this book. Thanks, Mark Murphy, for the giveaway. I am so happy and excited. This book grabbed you at the beginning and didn't let go until the end. I loved this book. It was exciting and scary and mysterious all the way through. The killer was really off the wall, and I don't think I have ever read a book with this same plot. It was super good, and I would highly recommend it. Again, thank you for the giveaway. I am very excited that I won it and got to read it.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-23 07:43

    Not your everyday murder novel. Deep character development, lush settings (VERY Savannah!) and twisty, turny sub-plots that never go where you expect. As soon as I heard Mark Murphy had written a book, I had to read it. Murphy's columns in the Savannah Morning News are among my favorites and I share them often. And so I will, with this book. Sending to my mom, who will pass on to my sister in law. Definitely a good read.

  • Charles Griffin
    2019-03-13 05:26

    Beginning with the prologue, this book was a thriller that I found hard to put down - I read it in two days.   It combines mystery, tragedy, some Savannah history, and a bit of the supernatural.   It truly had a Stephen King feel and was an excellent novel - you will not be disappointed!

  • Brenda
    2019-03-14 01:46

    It has been awhile since I have finished a book in less than twenty-four hours. 'The Shadow Man' does not disappoint. It has many twist, turns and surprises, all the way to the very end. Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great thriller.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-24 23:50

    I love EVERYTHING Savannah, and this one didn't let me down. I was creeped out, intrigued and exhilarated as I followed Malcolm's struggle to regain the life he loved. I'm not usually a mystery genre reader, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat.

  • Holly Housman
    2019-02-28 01:48

    Basic writing. Good thriller. Twisty but expected plot development. Put the book down numerous times to read something else.

  • Renee
    2019-03-20 02:37

    Let me start this by saying I am a huge fan of Dr. Murphy's writing -- Absolutely love his column in the Savannah Morning News, and I enjoyed hearing him speak and read his fantastic and incredibly moving short story "The Funeral" at the Flannery O'Connor House this past fall. I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and a writer, and I look forward to reading more of his work. (You sensed a big "but" coming, right?) However, this novel fell short for me on a couple of fronts. I read a lot of mystery/thriller novels, and I'm familiar with the cliches and red herrings of the genre. The book, although there's much good in it, falls into a couple of familiar and tired holes. And that's a little disappointing because I had really high expectations. The characters, particularly Dr. Malcolm King, our protagonist, are appealing and felt realistic, for the most part. I'm not a fan of the "magic Native person" trope, but I liked Billy Littlebear's character and felt he deserved more time in the narrative. I also would have liked more of the King's domestic life, his friendship with Ben, and his work life as well, to flesh him out even more. Q or The Shadow Man is a worthy psychopath, but again, we could have gone deeper into his psyche and he would have been even more interesting and twisted. I felt like the ending of the novel suffered from too many new characters and sub-plots that distracted from the main narrative thrust (and Billy Littlebear disappeared as well). The threats to Amy and Mimi felt scary and real, and the violence was quite effective. Without revealing what the the big "twist" is, I will say that this was one of the other places I felt let down. I guessed it, and I thought "no way, too obvious" and feels like it's coming from left field. We needed more of Malcolm's background for this twist to have more heft and resonance (it could have been really wrenching, but it was not). The best part of this novel is Dr. Murphy's writing. He's a fine writer of detailed scenery, and his descriptions of Savannah (including areas I know well) are elegant and beautiful. The history lessons are occasionally a little clunky, but they added interest for me. I would read more about both Malcolm King and Billy Littlebear; I liked the characters that much, and I will eagerly await the next book from Dr. Murphy.

  • Chad
    2019-03-01 23:28

    Many thanks to Goodreads, Langdon Street Press and Mark Murphy for my free ARC of this book!As usual you will not find any spoilers in my reviews nor do I get overly technical and analytical. I am not an English major, professor or editor. I am a regular joe who likes to read and base my reviews primarily on opinion and how I the book made me feel. Don't like my review? Well you are entitled to your own opinion, just don't harp on me about mine.Now, as always, minor technical stuff. This novel was well polished with few errors that I could find. Simply the typical typographical or grammatical stuff that you will find in just about every novel out there including some that have been through several printings over the years.I truly enjoyed this novel. I read a lot of hack 'em up, high body count, chiller/thriller/killer books and this one is definitely up in my top 10. The story was intricate without being too focused on minute details with a great pace and memorable characters. Malcolm is a great somewhat average guy hero in that he isn't over the top (hate the stories like a janitor suddenly is the world's most intelligent secret agent/martial arts expert/sniper. Like I said, I read a lot of these types of books and can usually spot the twists a mile away. Not this time. I didn't see this one until it was right there on the page. Nice job Mr. Murphy, you got me good!All in all I would have to say that this is a fantastic debut novel and I sincerely hope that we will be more from Mr. Murphy in the future. You certainly have me waiting for the next novel and I hope it's just as thrilling as this one was.

  • Katelyn
    2019-02-23 06:28

    With The Shadow Man, Mark Murphy has written an enthralling mystery novel. Malcolm King is introduced as a character that has a seemingly perfect life. He and his family live comfortably and he has a great job. But everything soon changes, as murders begin occurring. Malcolm is linked closely to each person killed, and quickly becomes a suspect; he realizes he cannot trust anyone anymore, and makes the tough decision to run away. This novel introduces great characters, especially Billy Littlebear, whom Malcolm depends on while on the run. Characters like this help distinguish a thriller from the many other ones available. Malcolm is also developed in a way that intrigues the reader. At some points, one feels empathetic towards him, hoping he can return to his idealistic life. But at others, it is hard not to be suspicious, and wonder whether he is involved as someone other than a victim.Although this novel started out fast paced, the end did not unveil in the same way. The end seemed to drag on a little too long, taking away from the suspenseful plot. If the story had been wrapped up more quickly, it would have been more enjoyable. Still, there are many good aspects of this book. The reader must keep guessing as to what is really going on, and the introduction of folklore and supernatural elements is a great addition. This is an entertaining, intriguing read.**I Received This Book In A FirstReads Giveaway**

  • Tanja
    2019-03-14 02:45

    Malcolm is a surgeon who lives with his wife and daughter. His life is perfectly ordinary, until the day someone hits his car and everything changes.I liked the first half of the book more than the rest. The prologue is one of the best parts: the writing is atmospheric and the killer's really creepy. There are lots of twists and turns, but later on they're just not as exciting anymore.The quality of writing changes. Some parts are amazingly written, while others seem really rushed and not very well thought out. There are plenty of dramatic lines. Sometimes they work, other times it seems like the writer is trying too hard to make everything as exciting as possible. The characters are interesting (my personal favorites being Tina and Mimi), but sometimes their reactions (or lack of) just don't make sense.The killer is horrifying, both in the way he looks and the way he acts. He's a big fan of Jack the Ripper (though the same is probably true of every other serial killer), a self-proclaimed genius surgeon who led a difficult life because of a condition he was born with. The writer mostly does a great job with the killer: he's scary, insane and really, really smart. But I have to say that the revelation of his motives and some other things that happen later make him seem much weaker. Altogether, it's a solid thriller, with strong female characters and a bad guy who completely freaked me out, which is always a plus.

  • Carol
    2019-03-10 04:55

    I've found myself reading a lot of 'thrillers' over the past several years, a lot filled with psycho genius serial killers. I keep waiting to exhaust the genre. That certainly did not happen with this book. Malcolm King is on his way home from a surgical convention in Miami when he must deal with a hit-and-run driver at the airport at home. He has no idea just how his life is about to change. When Malcolm realizes he is being set up he turns to Ben, his friend in the police department. Then Ben begins to believe Malcolm is involved in these horrific murders. Help seems to appear in the form of Billy, a Seminole Indian and expert tracker who supposedly has had experience with the killer before. But can he trust Billy? Will the killer be found or will the body count continue to rise? An intriguing story that will keep you guessing with twists and turns carrying it onward to a terrifying climax. A perfect ending. Threads of Indian mysticism woven lightly here and there. This novel will keep you reading well past your bedtime and watching for Mark Murphy's next offering to add to your shelf. I know I am.I won this book on Goodreads.

  • Star
    2019-03-13 00:29

    Malcolm King is a devoted husband and father as well as a dedicated and skilled surgeon. Heading home after a medical conference in Miami, Malcolm is the victim of a hit and run. After the accident Malcolm’s life starts to come apart at the seams. People are dying all around him and the clues left behind point straight to him as the guilty party. Malcolm knows he’s no killer, but how can he catch the real culprit and clear his name? Then there is the ‘Thin Man’ who is following and watching him…is he friend or foe?‘The Shadow Man’ is a chilling and haunting novel of suspense, murder, and revenge. Through Mr. Murphy’s skilled words, Savannah comes to life and becomes the backdrop for a serial killer who is diabolical and invisible. The plot and characters were amazingly put together and the story flowed very well. I loved this novel and I was utterly shocked by the ending. I don’t want to give away too much, because you have to read this book for yourself! Fast-paced and eerily evil, ‘The Shadow Man’ is an absolute must-read for any horror or suspense enthusiast!

  • Crystal
    2019-03-05 01:30

    I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book, although I knew it wasn’t my typical reading genre. Sometimes it’s good to break out of your personal reading mold, so I was looking forward to that very much. If you’re looking for a thriller, this one won’t disappoint you.I had a difficult time getting through this one in terms of the material covered. This is about a serial killer, which is bad enough, but the killer is an especially brutal one, doing things like removing organs and leaving murdered pets outside for kids to find. I think a more experienced reader of this genre may be used to things like that, but it really made me sick to my stomach at times and I’d have to put it down for awhile to calm myself. There were also several situations that filled me with anxiety, scenarios where someone’s sanctuary was breached, and that kind of thing just scares the pants off me.To read the rest of my review, please visit my blog.

  • Bev Walkling
    2019-03-21 06:38

    Mark Murphy wrote ”This book was supposed to be a page-turner. I wanted it to be nearly impossible to put aside--the literary equivalent of a bag of Lay's potato chips given to a starving man.” Well, as far as I am concerned he achieved what he set out to do. I was glued to this book and hated having to put it down to do other things. I finished it within 24 hours of starting it. It was filled with twists and turns and my suspicions kept being proved wrong. Malcolm King has good friends and loving family which keep him going when others would have given up in despair. The descriptions can be graphic and not for the weak stomached and I was saddened with how a few things turned out, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense novel. I was very pleased to receive my copy free as part of the Goodreads First Reads.

  • Tami
    2019-03-24 02:51

    My sister won this on goodreads giveaways, and passed it along. Started 10/14/12finished 10/19/12Malcolm King is a successful surgeon that finds himself framed for a murder of a neighbors dog. This is the start of a string of murders all tied to Malcolm. Could he be a killer and not remember? His best friend calls him to warn him the police are coming to take him in, so he flees. With the help of Billy Littlebear, he escapes. Billy helps him fight the Shadow Man, but will they be able to save everyone else and bring the killer to justice?This was a great story and concept, I just don't think the execution was completely up to par. I would like to have had Mimi and Amy's characters to be better developed. (view spoiler)[I also felt the whole brother thing was out of left field All in all an enjoyable read.(hide spoiler)]

  • Gina's Library
    2019-03-01 03:46

    I read this book for Tribute Books for a fair and honest review. The book started out a little slow for me. Once I got into it though I couldn't put it down.Malcolm had a privileged life that was unraveling quickly before his eyes. A chair reaction of events takes place and he finds himself wondering what in the world is going on. Billy Littlebear seems to be a Shadow man of his own. He comes and goes on a whim. He's like a Seminole guardian angel. When Malcolm needed him the most he showed up and then when the crisis at the moment was over, Billy vanishes. I was shocked to see who the Shadow Man is and why he does what he does. The story flows beautifully and keeps you on the edge of your seat to see how it ends. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

  • * Booksessed * Bec
    2019-03-01 01:55

    Book provided by author. Dr Malcolm King is a surgeon in Savannah, Georgia where he lives with his loving wife Amy, daughter Mimi and dog Daisy. Life couldn't get any better for him, until it all goes horrifically wrong. From a hit and run that leads to the mutilated body of the owner to an old colleague found eviscerated in a garbage bag, Mal becomes the target of the police for the murders and is forced to go on the run. Could he have murdered them and not remember? Or is there a more sinister plot going on? Mark Murphy has written this so brilliantly that the reader will feel like they could climb through the pages. There's a lot of action and suspense that will keep the reader hanging on to every word. A definite must read for everyone

  • Sharon Chance
    2019-03-01 07:38

    Normally, I'm more of a gentle, suspensful, cozy mystery type of gal. But every once in a while there comes along a book that kind of jolts me out of my usual reading zone. Mark Murphy's "The Shadow Man" was one of those books.Setting his story in the sultry South, where mystery and intrigue lurk through the Spanish moss and the eerie swamps, Murphy delivers a spine-tingling suspensful tale that will have readers on the edges of their seats until the very final sentence. Murphy captures the essense of the psychological mystery thriller in his debut book, providing plenty of twists, turns, and unexpected revelations that keep the storyline moving along at a rapid clip. I highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a good mystery that makes you think!

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-03-03 05:32

    Read my full review: StarsMy opinion: I loved this atmospheric novel set in Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite places). The story was fast paced and well written, particularly for its status as a debut. I must admit that it did have periods where it felt overwritten and "drama" central. There were also sections of the story that just didn't seem plausible. It was still a fun read and Dr. Murphy is definitely an author that I would read again.On a side note, I started this book as a ebook, but finished it as a print copy. The galley which was sent had several formatting issues which did not convert well to my Nook and made the experience less than desirable. Just something to keep in mind.