A killer is on the loose, blurring the line between fact and fiction. His prey: the writers of crime novels who have turned psychological profilers into the heroes of the nineties. But this killer's bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate. And for one woman, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death.
Professor Fiona Cameron is an academic psychologist who uses computer technology to help the police track serial offenders. When her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered, Fiona can't help taking an interest even though it's not her case. But she soon finds herself caught in a race against time - to save a life and to bring herself redemption, both personal and professional.
Rich in atmosphere, 'Killing The Shadows' uses the backdrops of city and country to create an air of threatening menace, culminating in a tense confrontation between hunter and hunted, a confrontation that can only have one outcome. McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing.