Tracking Shadows, Shadows of Justice book 4

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Book 4 in the Shadows of Justice series: King of the Chicago underworld, smuggler Slick Micky is targeted by an old enemy eager to take over his operation.

With her ability to induce deadly illusions, Trina Durham is the best assassin around. She left Chicago when Slick Micky killed her best friend, but this job offers an irresistible chance for vengeance... More

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Published: May 06, 2011
Words: 77,540
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458076311
About Regan Black

Regan Black, a USAToday bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed paranormal romantic suspense and urban fantasy novels featuring kick-butt heroines and the sexy heroes who fall in love with them.

Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family currently live with two retired greyhounds, two arrogant cats, and two quirky finches in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

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Reader Reviews for Tracking Shadows by Regan Black
What readers are saying about paranormal romance author Regan Black's new urban fantasy novel, Tracking Shadows

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Review by: Sue Owen -Paper Mustang on Nov. 13, 2011 : star star star star star
This is not your classic love story. But it is a great one. Black has interwoven this story with all the classics found in other great works. Mystery, intrigue, deception, betrayal, and romance. Top that off with a great story line and some misdirection and you have one great book.

I loved reading this. It’s borderline dark thriller but not enough that I found myself going ‘ewww’ when heads rolled. It was graphic enough to portray its meaning but not enough to make me lose my lunch. The story line was believable and so were the characters.

Rarely have I read such a deep story and gotten carried away as I did with “Tracking Shadows.” I fell right into it and when Trina hurt, I felt her pain. I loved the bad guys and good guys alike and mourned for the deaths and rejoiced for those spared. This is such a good book I recommend you read it twice.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: SaraMarie Brandon on Oct. 09, 2011 : star star star star star
Tracking Shadows was a fun read. Loved the kick butt heroine assassin Trina. Her loyalty, focus and caring
for her friend killed by Slick Mickey was so well described, I felt like I knew Trina as well as one of my friends. Slick Mickey was the larger than life
'villian' who had ruled the coffee and sugar smuggling trade in Chicago 2096.

The quirks and twists in the story offer page turning suspense I really enjoyed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tanya Contois on Aug. 17, 2011 : star star star star
Tracking Shadows was a thrilling read with one kick-butt heroine.I really liked the way that Trina was willing to do what no one else would - stand up to Slick Mickey.Her ability to make people hallucinate was a cool superpower and it definitely worked to her advantage throughout the story.If you are looking for a book with tons of suspense than this the book for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sue Leonhardt on Aug. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
"Tracking Shadows" by Regan Black that I received free through Smashwords was an amazing read.I couldn't put this book down.I read it on my Kindle and it was nail-biting tension.

The novel takes place in Chicago, in 2096. Slick Mickey is undoubtedly the king of smugglers; his key products are caffeine and sugar. Mickey lives in the shadows, no one knows who he really is and few rarely see him. His reputation is larger than life. Mickey has many enemies and few friends. Those who work for him love him. Those who work against him fear him. Trina Durham counts herself as his number one enemy; Slick Mickey killed her best friend years earlier, causing her to leave Chicago forever. Known as the best of the best assassins, she has a hidden weapon in her arsenal, she can induce deadly hallucinations. Now the opportunity has presented itself for Trina to exact vengeance against Slick Mickey, and get paid for doing it. Trina will not be deterred as she and Mickey play a deadly game of cat and mouse, both discovering that the person behind the mask is not always who they seem.

I plan to read more of her books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: wanda flanagan on Aug. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
Couldnt put it down lots of action this book kept me hooked
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: DivaV on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
Regan Black created a world that was full of interesting and intriguing characters.
It was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It's not every day the good guy is a bad guy in disguise with a heart of gold.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Allis Provost on July 31, 2011 : star star star star
Tracking Shadows starts off like a smack in the face - a woman's gone splat on the sidewalk, a personal attack against a big time Chicago gangster. Add in a deadly assassin who creates illusions at will, and a setting in futuristic Chicago that's reminiscent of Prohibition, and the words fly off the page.

Interestingly, the contraband the smuggler, Slick Micky, deals with are the common vices we take for granted: sugar, caffeine, cigarettes. He runs them through a stable of girls (his mules), but he's not the cold-hearted gangster one would expect. He takes good care of his girls; well, until one gets pushed out of a window.

Trina is the deadly assassin, hell-bent on catching Micky for reasons of her own: he killed her childhood sweetheart. Trina manages to track one of Micy's mules and gets an invite back to their lair, and that's when things really get interesting.

Tracking Shadows is a great read. The action zips by at an incredibly fast pace, and the characters have believable reactions. I have to admit I was a bit lost in the first chapter, but I blame that on my not having read any of the author's other works set in the same world. Bottom line: 2096 Chicago is no place I want to be, but Tracking Shadows is a helluva ride.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Belinda Boring on July 20, 2011 : star star star star star
If there is one genre that I love almost as much as romance, it's urban fantasy and when I find a book that has both - I'm in serious heaven. I was given a review copy of Tracking Shadows as part of a blog tour and I'll admit, I generally stay away from futuristic stories but I'm telling you, right here... right now... I WOULD'VE BEEN A FOOL TO PASS THIS BY. I absolutely fell in love with this book and wild horses couldn't drag me out of it. Forget being pulled into a story, I was sucked in and held captive. I did NOT want this book to END *pouts*

What an amazing storyline. I have to give kudos to Regan because there was no point in this story were my energy lagged or where I found my attention drifting. She created characters that I instantly liked and I'll admit, I was a little "unsure" about the name Slick Micky. The image that came to mind was not very flattering and for a romance junkie who is all about the sexy and swoony, I had my fingers crossed. What a welcome surprise when Micky turned out to be this guy that was all kinds of seductive goodness. I LOVED everything about him... the danger of his position as the "head" guy, the protectiveness he felt towards those who worked for him, the vulnerability and emotion he brought with his feelings for Trina and just the "feel" of him. I can't describe it... I'm crushing hard!

I LOVED the concept Regan used for smuggling. It made me giggle that the contraband of the story were things like sugar and coffee, things we take for granted now but in the future, things we'll move heaven and earth to get a little of. I love that even though Micky was the "King of Supply and Demand" with his slogan "Anything.. anywhere... anytime", he worked hard at providing a safe place for people. I loved all the drama that came with the story, the conspiracy and hidden plots in trying to assassinate Micky and the incredible intelligence it took to figure it out. It was a complete rush to read as it slowly unfolded.

I am a huge fan of strong heroines. Nothing turns me off more than a weak spined female that cowers and simpers and waits for a knight in shining armor to sweep in a make everything better. Sure, that may be nice once in a while, but nothing beats reading about a woman who can think for herself. Trina is this kind of woman and I loved watching the way she developed throughout the story. She was so hell bent on revenge, devastated over the death of her BFF and as her plans unravel, she's left unsure of where she fits. What she does know, is she will protect and do all she can to keep the man of her heart safe. I really liked watching her melt and change and accept that Micky wasn't who she believed he was.

I have to share. For the Menage A Blog, the author shared one of the swoony moments in the book. It left me with a huge smile on my face but there was another scene that touched me, so much I'd recommend the book just on it. Micky, for the big, bad smuggler he was, grieved heavily for the loss of a beloved friend. When it came time to give his speech at the memorial, his emotions choked him and it was Trina who helped him through it. CHILLS that kept on coming as he later sought her out and the moment they shared had me stop reading so I could share it with my BFF. It's emotions like those that make reading an amazing experience for me and I was SO glad to find them in Tracking Shadows.

This is definitely a book I'd recommend to die hard urban fantasy lovers but also to romance lovers because it really was the best of both worlds. This book has a lot to offer and I'm really glad that I had the chance to read it. Now, all I need do is convince Regan to write more Micky. I feel an addiction coming on! Happy reading.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Chanel on July 19, 2011 : star star star star star
I don't read a lot of sci-fi or futuristic books. However, I have the pleasure of being in a Blog Tour with this incredible lady and I had to see what my competition was bringing to the table.

Tracking Shadows has given me cause to be a little nervous.

The first line sucked me in and I couldn't put my Kindle down. Murder, smugglers, a little dry humor. This book had it all. I don't think I'd make it in Chicago 2096 at all. No coffee; you know I'd be Slick Micky's top customer :)

There were a few times I had to go back and re-read a few things (was he invisible?) but other than that I really enjoyed the book and am honored to be sharing a tour with Regan.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bookblogger on July 05, 2011 : star star star star
Tracking Shadows by Regan Black is a story about Slick Micky the smuggler lord of Chicago's crime scene. Slick Mickey is not your normal criminal kingpin choosing to deal mainly in the lighter side of banned substances (sugar, caffeine, cigarettes, etc) he has a great setup for all of his mules. Unfortunately another local crime lord thinks they can do a better job being the smuggling king of Chicago and an assassin is hired to take him out. Starting with the murder of his partner and oldest friend puts Micky on the defensive and he begins a quest to find out who is trying to have him killed.

Trina Durham is one of the best assassins in the world. Taking the job to kill Micky was a pleasure for her as he killed her best friend in highschool. The chase that Trina is on to find Micky circles around as Micky tries to find her and who hired her.

Regan weaves her tale of suspense and intrigue around her characters very skillfully. The future that she creates has some wonderful advancements in technology and show the government getting more and more extreme in their restrictions of what they consider bad. This story will hold your interest from start to finish keeping you eager to turn the page.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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