Publisher Description

"This is a great beach read." –USA TODAY Network

"[The main characters'] personalities come through loud and clear in dialogue. I love these guys and they're funny." --Sue Grafton, author of "Y is for Yesterday."

In the remote Four Corners region of Colorado, Special Agent Nathaniel Arkin, a disgraced former intelligence officer, investigates the killing of a bigoted, vitriolic preacher who was about to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In processing the murder scene, Arkin thinks he recognizes the modus operandi of a shadowy group he pursued and was on the verge of exposing years earlier, just before his abrupt fall from grace and exile from Washington, D.C. Rumored to be run by a self-righteous, lapsed Jesuit priest, it was a group Arkin long suspected of orchestrating an international assassination campaign targeting charismatic, fledgling fanatics—future Hitlers and bin Ladens—just as they emerged from obscurity, before they were capable of instigating mass murder. Reluctant, but aching for redemption, Arkin resumes the chase, setting in motion a chain of events that could lead to his salvation—or his doom. Along the way, he confronts a question that has troubled him for many years: What creates murderous fundamentalists and fanatics like Hitler and bin Laden in the first place?

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 21
D.C. Alexander
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Daisy Red ,

The Shadow Priest

Started out slow but became an exciting read. Looking forward to reading the next book.

Seedy Backslash ,


Plot was vacant and ongoing banter between Morrison and Arkin became tedious. Not sure I can take another book about these two.

John PPA ,

The Shadow Priest

Highly recommend the book. I did not want it to end so I will read the next in this series.
I live in the Southwest, spent time in the military in the Northwest, and was in DC for a family member in the USMC. This book touched on all those areas.

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