Monday, January 29, 2018

On My Radar: Spencer Kope's Whispers of the Dead

Back in June of 2016, I was blown away by Spencer Kope's Collecting the Dead, a book I'd believed to be a standalone. When I learned that it was the first in a series, I was thrilled, and I kept looking to see when the second book would be available. It's been a long wait, but I finally found it and I couldn't be happier. I'm really looking forward to reading more about "Steps" Craig and the Special Tracking Unit of the FBI.

Available April 17, 2018!
Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

"There has been a murder, but not only is the identity of the victim unknown, most of the body itself is missing. All that’s been found is a pair of feet, stored in a portable cooler, and left in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso, Texas. The killer apparently broke into the judge’s house, left his grizzly message, and disappeared without a trace. With no clues as to the killer, the person killed, or the intent behind the cooler, all the authorities really know is that this likely isn’t the killer’s first―or his last―victim. 

Magnus 'Steps' Craig is an FBI agent and an elite tracker, easily the best in the world. Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface. As part of the three-man special team, FBI’s Special Tracking Unit (STU), he is called in on cases where his skills are indispensable. But there’s a secret to his skill. Steps has a kind of synesthesia, an ability that allows him to see whatever each particular person has touched in a unique color―what Steps calls ‘shine.’ His ability is known to only a few people―his father, the director of the FBI, and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan. 

While the Special Tracking Unit tries to grapple with the gruesome scene in El Paso, they soon discover another, earlier victim. Once again, only the feet―in a disposable icebox―were left behind. With almost no clues besides the body parts, Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And The Icebox Killer has only just begun."

Collecting the Dead is filled with a memorable main character and writing that is often downright lyrical. I'm eagerly awaiting this second book, and I hope you get a chance to meet Steps Craig for yourselves!


  1. I'll definitely second your recommendation of Steps and Collecting the Dead. It was funny. And I can't wait for the #2. Aren't we just so in sync? LOL

    1. When I saw your post, I almost deleted mine from the scheduled pile then I thought, "Nah, two enablers at work are better than one!"

  2. This does sound great, Cathy. Interesting, too: Simon Brett did a book called Whispers of the Dead, too. It's the second in his David Hunter series. Interesting how titles are chosen...

    1. It certainly is. I've thought a time or two about a post on the subject....


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