Tracking Shadows by Regan Black

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    Regan Black has the mind and hand of a Mickey Spillane on steroids. I couldn’t stop reading her sassy lines from characters that grabbed me like a steel wrench.

    When your past becomes your future you’ll find yourself Tracking Shadows.

    In Chicago, Slick Micky is the king of smuggling. Known to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, he specializes in caffeine and sugar and works in the anonymity of shadows. But recently an old enemy is tired of waiting for Micky’s empire to crumble and has called in the best assassin in the business to take him out.

    Trina Durham is an assassin with a sterling reputation, thanks to her unique ability to induce deadly hallucinations. When Slick Micky killed her best friend, she left Chicago – forever. She’s back now, unable to resist the perfect opportunity for vengeance. But no one warned her Slick Micky might as well be a shadow. Or that shedding light on the man and his secrets would put both her heart and reputation at risk.

    Review by Jacquelyn M. Sylvan:

    Romance and organized crime blend with a dash of sci-fi and the paranormal for a fast-paced adrenaline rush! The story of two apparent criminals–smuggling kingpin Slick Micky and sexy assassin Trina–placed in opposition to each other, quickly gains momentum when their secret pasts and hidden depths are revealed. Both Micky and Trina have woven cloaks of illusion to hide their true selves from the world, but their deceptions may prove to be their undoing.

    I found Tracking Shadows to be a quick but satisfying read. Fans of Black will also enjoy several cameo appearances by characters from her “Justice” series; each time this happened, I felt like I’d just recognized an old friend in a crowd. Whether you’re new to or already familiar with the world Black has crafted in the year 2096, Tracking Shadows stands on its own as a shining example of Black’s storytelling prowess.

    Review by Debora/The Bookish Dame:

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    First, let me say that I wasn’t able to put down Tracking Shadows once I started reading it. It is a book that immediately interested me because I had to get my head around the film noir atmosphere with the tinge of the science fiction and paranormal additions. What a fantastic combination! I loved it from the first paragraph.

    Regan Black has the mind and hand of a Mickey Spillane on steroids. I couldn’t stop reading her sassy lines from characters that grabbed me like a steel wrench. Her anti heroine, Trina, is the alpha woman we dream of being…smart, beautiful and strong in a man’s world, but sensitive, and carrying around that emptiness that the love of life can only fill. She’s scarred by the loss of her childhood sweetheart, the only person who made her feel safe from a family who mistreated and beat her down emotionally. As and adult, she finds the physical and intellectual outlet for her emptiness and her psychic gifts by becoming an A+ assassin bent on revenge for those who killed Joel, that childhood friend.

    Joel has become Slick Mickey, the biggest gangster smuggler in Chicago, with a staff of “mules” who distribute contriband to those who pay for it in secret. The title of Slick Mickey is coveted by gangster rivals, and assassins are recruited to knock Mickey out of his seat of power. With technologies and gifts of his own culled from the 2096 futuristic discoveries, Slick Mickey is able to maintain a fortress of security, and a family loyal to his secure and family-like ways. There appears to be a soft center at the heart of this mobster boss who only deals in sugar, coffee and cigarettes, and not drugs and dangerous contraband unlawful to the futuristic government.

    It is through the impact of Trina and Slick Mickey’s ill-fated reunion that we experience the tension of love and hate on the characters. They are wonderfully and richly developed. Each of them are characters who seem alive and emotive people; they kept me in mind of a younger Russell Crowe, and a Scarlet Johansen couple. Tough and tender…

    The technological components of this book are subtle and don’t overtake the story which was refreshing for one who isn’t quite capable of understanding all the nuances of that sort of thing. There was just enough to keep a novice interested, maybe a little more than that, but not enough to make one set aside the book in frustration.

    Ms Black has written quite a few books in the 2096 timeframe, which is of great interest to me now that she’s gotten me started! I’m going to be looking for her books and reading them in sequence. I like her writing style.

    Regan Black has a certain edgy quality to her writing. She writes like an old “beat” reporter in a way. It’s just awesome to read. If you’re a fan of old 1940’s detective novels, or if you like film noir…The Postman Always Rings Twice or The Black Dahlia, I believe you’ll like Tracking Shadows. It’s not that the book is so much like those I mention above in full…it’s just that flavor kick that’s so unusual, I predict you’ll want to come back for more.