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Mitch Stern is attending MacWorld in San Francisco, hoping that distance will help him make sense of his wife's desertion. He can't escape the image of returning home from work one typical day and finding white rectangles on the walls where the chronicle of his family's life once played out in pictures. His body is found a few days later washed up on Ocean Beach. Homicide Detective Mike MacKenzie and Marin County Sheriff's Deputy May Reeves add Mitch to the list of victims found washed up on beaches in San Francisco and Marin over the past several months. They have no clues.Jim Henderson is a young Silicon Valley executive who meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Leahy, a recent graduate of Boalt Law School. She's beautiful, brilliant and knows how to get what she wants. Jim is drawn not only to Liz, but to her larger-than-life family and friends. As the relationship matures, Jim begins to suspect that something sinister lies beneath the witty banter, generous parties, and charisma of Liz, her father, and their social set. In this intricate thriller, a young man races to understand the psychological dark sides of his wife and in-laws as the police uncover evidence that may lead them directly into his newfound idyllic world.
About the Author
Writer, extreme sports enthusiast, serial entrepreneur, technologist. Born into a military family, Steve traveled extensively throughout the US and overseas, attending fifteen schools before graduating from High School. After studying mathematics, computer science, comparative literature and French at the University of California, Steve began his career with IBM as a software engineer. He later founded three successful high-tech start-ups. A former competition hang glider pilot, Steve continues to surf, ski, kayak whitewater, and dance Salsa with his wife Karen whenever possible. Steve divides his time between Santa Cruz, California and the Basque Region of France.
Jackowski lays out the information in such a way that everything is in place long before you discover it. This is a very smart book, perfect for both readers who like to try to solve the crime before the characters do and readers who love to reread mysteries to see all the hints early on. Featuring fascinating characters, a rare psychological disorder, and twists that would make even the best mystery writers proud, The Shadow of God is one novel you don't want to miss.
- San Francisco Book Review
5 Stars - Steve Jackowski's book, The Shadow of God, is an excellent and entirely enthralling novel which depicts many facets of mental illness and how psychiatrists interface with patients in acute inpatient and longer term, outpatient settings.