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In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain's brilliant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. He's a psychic who peers into the future, using the information to alert the authorities to pending trouble.

During a séance, Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person's soul. Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim. It's a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive.

Peter soon realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer and that he is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago. He must find the serial killer before he claims his next victim. To save many lives, Peter may have to tap into a legacy that he has always dreaded—and a power that may consume him.

In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain's brilliant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. He's a psychic who peers into the future, using the information to alert the authorities to pending trouble.

During a séance, Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a person's soul. Peter is taken to another plane, where he confronts a serial killer about to claim his next victim. It's a harrowing encounter that Peter only barely manages to survive.

Peter soon realizes that the shadow people are connected to the serial killer and that he is a member of the Order of Astrum, a group of evil psychics who murdered his parents years ago. He must find the serial killer before he claims his next victim. To save many lives, Peter may have to tap into a legacy that he has always dreaded—and a power that may consume him.

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  • James Swain is the national bestselling author of numerous thrillers, which have been translated into many languages and chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. He has received several Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 Award for Best American Crime Writing. An avid magician, he has written and lectured extensively on the subject.

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    April 22, 2013
    Now you see it, now you don’t: Swain, a magician himself, takes the concept of a psychic conjurer pursued by dark spirits and spins it into pedestrian straw in this supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2012’s Dark Magic. Magician Peter Warlock, who was born with an internal demon that he struggles to control, lives in parallel worlds of good and evil. Amorphous “shadow people” shanghai him into the near future, where he pursues “Dr. Death,” a serial killer of women who do good deeds. Back in his own time, Peter, supported by nonpsychic girlfriend and stage assistant Liza and FBI agent Garrison, fends off his own destructive impulses, the forces of Satan, and the spells of a lustful young witch. Lame dialogue, flat characterizations, partially undigested lumps of stage magic history, and lapses in credibility (how could a tattoo artist embellish 90% of his own body?) reveal the creaky apparatus behind this ambitious but unconvincing fictional sleight-of-hand. Agent: Robin Rue, Writer’s House.

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