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Whispers of the Dead

Whispers of the Dead

A Special Tracking Unit Novel

Special Tracking Unit (Volume 2)

Spencer Kope

Minotaur Books

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“A heart-thumping yarn from a real-life crime analyst.” —The Boston Globe


A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable cooler, has turned up in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso, Texas. With no clues as to the killer, the victim, or the intent, the local authorities are at a loss. Enter Magnus “Steps” Craig. As part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI, Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface. He has a kind of synesthesia, allowing him to see whatever a person has touched in a unique color—what Steps calls “shine.”



While trying to grapple with the grotesque scene in El Paso, the Special Tracking Unit soon discovers another, earlier victim. Once again, only the feet in a cooler were left behind. With so few clues, Steps and his team find themselves enmeshed in the most difficult case of their careers. And the killing spree has only just begun. . .

“Kope brings a refreshing authenticity to his work.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Mark my words, ‘Steps’ Craig is poised to take his place among our most popular and cherished thriller heroes.”—Chelsea Cain, bestselling author of Heartsick and One Kick

CHAPTER ONE



Interstate 5, Southbound from Bellingham—September 2, 11:47 A.M.

The siren wails its lonely dirge.

It’s a mournful song, rising and falling, and I know every musical pitch of it by heart....

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Spencer Kope

SPENCER KOPE is the author of Collecting the Dead, the first novel featuring Steps and the Special Tracking Unit. He is also the Crime Analyst for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State. Currently assigned to the Detectives Division, he provides case support to detectives and deputies. He lives in Washington State.

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