Review: The Shadow Man – Mark Murphy

Paperback: 348 pages
Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (July 20, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1938296036
ISBN-13: 978-1938296031
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Malcolm King – Surgeon


A string of mysterious deaths is plaguing Malcolm King. Each death is someone tied to him, and appears to be someone, such as himself, who is very skilled at surgery. Not only does he have to contend with this, but there are two mysterious strangers out there that he keeps seeing. Who are they, and what is their connections to the murders?


This was a fast paced thriller, with a very interesting antagonist, and a ton of twists along the way. The writing style kept me involved, the characters were well developed, and the situations, for what they are are realistic.

One possible drawback is that due to forshadowing, it’s possible as a reader to figure out the killer’s connection before Malcolm does. That however doesn’t ruin the fun of the story, because you are still provided with seeing Malcolm’s reactions to the events.

I’d say this is geared toward thriller and mystery fans, and if given a rating I’d give it a PG-13 due to the language and content. Pick it up for a fun weekend read, or with the Halloween season, it’d be a good story to replace all of those “see that before” horror movies being shown on TV.

About the Author

 A physician currently living in Savannah, Georgia, Mark Murphy is also a lifelong award-winning writer. In the midst of a busy medical career which included several academic publications, Dr. Murphy’s decision to attend the Iowa Summer Writing Festival led to the inclusion of a short story, “The Funeral,” in a 2004 collection of works entitled O! Georgia! A well-received regular newspaper column in the Savannah Morning News followed. The Shadow Man is his first novel.

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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Nicole at Tribute Books for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

2 Responses to “Review: The Shadow Man – Mark Murphy”

  1. Nicole Langan Says:

    Thanks Rick!

  2. Tribute Books Says:

    Rick, I’m with you! Any time a book can replace a TV re-run – that’s always a good thing. Glad you liked Mark’s thriller. Thanks for the review.