Psychologist Fiona Cameron uses state of the art
computer programming to develop a serial profiling system,
but not the typical sexual based type that dominates the
field. The professor believes that other factors can also
pinpoint a personality besides the sexual approach. She
has helped the police solve several homicides though she is
not always believed.
Her lover, best selling author Kit Martin, informs
Fiona that someone murdered a peer, using a modus operandi
found in the deceased's novel. Other killings of authors
using a page or two out of their books soon follow. Fiona
working with the Toledo, Spain police struggles to put
together a clear profile of the killer, but refuses to quit
because she thinks Kit is on the murderer's short list.
KILLING THE SHADOWS is an engaging serial killer
investigative tale starring a wonderful lead character with
a location that embellishes the plot. The enjoyable story
line widens the common belief in profiling with a
believable technique that is also quite frightening with
what Fiona can do with it. Though the reluctance by the
police to accept a serial killer on the loose seems
ridiculous with the body count, the who-done-it is fun and
the heroine is as good a character as Kate Brannigan is.
Val McDermid shows why she is an award-winning author with
this strong story.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 2001