Bone Shadows, OCT 2012Bone Shadows

The bodies of young men have been turning up in the Mississippi River for years, their deaths attributed to excessive drinking. But when an Iraq war vet suffering from PTSD is found in the river, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana must decide if the young man’s death was accidental or the result of something far more sinister.

Caught between a reporter trying to resurrect his flagging career, an FBI agent with a troubled past, and a beautiful private investigator on the trail of a serial killer, Santana is pulled into a whirlpool of greed, seduction, and death. Determined to find the truth no matter what the cost, he must first face his own dark memories and a killer intent on stopping him.

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Winner: Midwest Book Award 2012 Best Mystery/Thriller of the YearMidwest Book Award 2012 Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year. Read more about the winners in each category.

Readers View Awards 2013Reader Views 2012 Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year. Read more about the winners in each category. 

The Written Arts Award 2013Rebecca's Reads 2012 Best Mystery/Thriller and Best Fiction of the Year. Read more about the winners in each category.


Praise for Bone Shadows

“. . . The latest John Santana police procedural (see White Tombs, The Black Minute and Bad Weeds Never Die) is a superb detective tale starring a dedicated cop and a strong support cast; some of whom want him to take down a killer and others who hinder his inquiry. The storyline is fast-paced but provides a deep methodical investigation. With a romantic subplot that blends nicely into the thrilling tour of the Twin Cities, fans will appreciate Bone Shadows as Christopher Valen provides another great entry in a super series.”
Mystery Gazette

“. . . Bone Shadows is the fourth outing (after Bad Weeds Never Die) for the intriguing police detective whose Colombian roots inform his perspective. Valen's . . . highly moral Santana character is golden. . .”
Library Journal

“. . . Bone Shadows is an exceptionally good read and a great addition to the John Santana series. . .”
Mysteries Galore

“. . .With a compelling and believable hero and a colorful cast of supporting characters, this turned out to be another superbly written tale of convoluted motives and surprising twists and turns. . .”
—Reader Views

“. . . Valen writes with an easy to follow style and he is adept at keeping his tale interesting, intriguing and exciting. . . Bone Shadows was a great read. It kept me hooked from page one. . . Looking forward to reading future works by this author.”
—Rebecca's Reads


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