Shadow People

Peter Warlock Series (Volume 2)

James Swain

Tor Books

In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain’s brilliant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. A psychic who peers into the future, he is able to use 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 in real time 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.


Read an Excerpt


Something didn’t feel right.
It wasn’t the setting. Milly Adams’s luxurious apartment in the Dakota on New York’s fashionable Upper West Side looked as magnificent as ever. Laid out like a photo spread in a glossy home furnishings magazine, each piece of antique furniture was in its proper place, as were the exquisite wall decorations and fresh-cut flowers.
Nor was it the other guests sitting at the table with Peter Warlock. In fact, the group of psychics gathered in Milly’s apartment on this particular Friday evening were the young magician’s


Praise for Shadow People

“A darkly brilliant story of magic and witchcraft...Curl up in your favorite chair and prepare yourself to be fully enthralled.” —David Copperfield
“Jim Swain’s books are must-reads for me.”
—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair
“Keeps the reader guessing from the first magic act to the final curtain call. A definite page-turner!” —Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Die
Dark Magic is entertainment magic, a thrilling and wildly creative ride that surprised me every step of the way.”
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl

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  • James Swain

  • JAMES SWAIN is the national bestselling author of sixteen thrillers, including Shadow People and Dark Magic. His novels have been translated into many languages and have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.  Swain has received three 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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    James Swain


Available Formats and Book Details

Shadow People

Peter Warlock Series

James Swain



Tor Books