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 10 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 11 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.
©2016 Spencer Kope (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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This is a great story and even better narration! There were only a couple of things I felt were a little over the top, but otherwise it was a fantastic book! I can't wait for the next one!
"Waiting with baited breath for more"
I listened to this book on a road trip of six hours and it was the fastest trip I'd made, despite the rain and slow traffic. Cannot wait for more from the series.
It would have been better with someone else performing.
Steps character is awesome but the performance by P.J. Ochlan makes Step comes across weak and dumb.
The story is very good but I struggled with the voice.
Try Scott Brick next time.
"Amaranth and Rust"
3.5 rounded to 4
A sometimes amusing, sometimes gory thriller/mystery. The lead character (attached to the FBI and nicknamed "Steps") has an unusual attribute that helps him solve crimes along with his FBI buddy, Jimmy. The concept is different, the characters nicely drawn and I look forward to seeing (or hearing) more of this author's work. The narrator was fine though not exceptional.
Unimaginative knock off of several other books of the Genre don't waste the money or time
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