"Some days are hard, others make hard look easy. Today was the latter. If you spend enough time in law enforcement, such days will find you from time to time. If you spend a couple of years with the Special Tracking Unit, such days are known as Wednesday."
Magnus "Steps" Craig has a special ability: he can see the essence, or Shine, left behind by a person on any surface they touch, making it possible for him to track them almost anywhere. He and his partner, Special Agent Jimmy Donovan, make up the FBI's elite Special Tracking Unit, and they've just been summoned to Kern County, California. It seems four friends, including Congressman Marco Perez, have gone missing on their annual fly-fishing trip along the Kern River. And not even Steps can catch a glimpse of their trail. It's as if they've disappeared into thin air. But then one of the missing men turns up dead, and their investigation quickly takes a very dark turn. It seems they have a killer on their hands, one with a shine like malachite.
I loved this one! Steps and his partner, Jimmy, are such fun characters, each with their own quirks. Only a few people know about Steps' special gift, but it's fascinating how he uses it to track down the bad guys. (And the killer in this one is scary!) Their investigation to find the missing men is intense and suspenseful. Be warned, parts of this book do get a bit dark, and there is one pretty gruesome murder scene. But it's all the parts with Steps that make this fourth book in the series so compelling and good.
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