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Collecting the Dead - A Novel

Spencer Kope

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 ten 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 eleven 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.

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 ten 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 eleven 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.
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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 ten 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 eleven 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

PJ Ochlan

Length:

10h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

34:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

39:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

34:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

41:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:29