Shadow Play is a New York Times bestseller from Iris Johansen.
Eve Duncan is the most sought-after artist in the field of forensic sculpting. Dedicated to her work ever since her daughter Bonnie was taken and killed at the age of seven, Eve feels a sense of duty to those whose lives were lost and whose bones are now in her hands.
When a sheriff in California contacts her with a request for help on the reconstruction of the skull of a nine-year-old girl whose body has been buried for eight years, his intensity and investment in the case puzzle her. But when the ghost of the girl begins communicating with her, Eve finds herself wrapped up in the case more intensely than she could have ever imagined. Not since Bonnie has Eve had such an experience, and suddenly she finds herself determined to solve the murder and help the little girl find peace.
Except that the killer is still out there, and he knows Eve is on the case. And he won't rest until anything and anyone that could reveal his identity is eliminated…
Early in bestseller Johansen's intense 18th Eve Duncan novel (after 2013's Silencing Eve), the Atlanta-based forensic sculptor agrees to do a reconstruction job on the skull of a nine-year-old girl, who disappeared about eight years earlier, for Sheriff John Nalchek of Sonderville, Calif., who's sure if he just has a face to work with he can discover the girl's identity and killer. The sheriff's passion surprises Eve. Even more surprising are the emotions Eve feels during the reconstruction, especially when she senses the deceased girl talking to her and even views her apparition. After someone intercepts the skull on its way back to Sonderville, Eve and her paramour, former FBI agent Joe Quinn, travel to California to assist Nalchek in finding the thief and in stopping the murderer from killing again. Johansen delivers a no-holds-barred mystery that maintains suspense throughout and boasts a cast of multifaceted characters.