Cast of Shadows

Cast of Shadows

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Random House, Inc.
A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront.Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his seventeen-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer’s DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter but the man who killed her. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter’s murderer?

Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does evil come from?

What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?

Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime. Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, it introduces a major new suspense novelist.

Baker & Taylor
When his daughter is brutally raped and murdered, a grieving Davis Moore, a Chicago fertility doctor specializing in reproductive cloning, comes up with a horrifying idea--to clone the murderer who killed his daughter from a vial of the killer's DNA--in a debut thriller that asks chilling questions about identity and the consequences of duplicating a human life. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his seventeen-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter but the man who killed her. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter's murderer?
Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does evil come from? What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?
Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime.

Baker
& Taylor

When his daughter is brutally raped and murdered, Davis Moore, a Chicago fertility doctor specializing in reproductive cloning, comes up with a horrifying idea--to clone the murderer who killed his daughter from a vial of the killer's DNA.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400043088
1400043085
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm

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shapjul
Jan 25, 2011

I quite liked his second book (The Thousand) and so went back to this one. I didn't like this one at all. I found it almost unreadable. Perhaps it isn't fair to say that the plot is implausble, as the plot in The Thousand isn't what you'd call plausible and I didn't complain about it. Maybe it is that the characters seem implausible, or maybe he just wasn't such a skilled writer at this point in his career.

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bonenglish
Dec 13, 2010

I loved this book. It took me a while to finish it, but it was definitely worth it.

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