Michael Walters’ The Shadow Walker: PW Interview

Jeff VanderMeer • June 30th, 2008 @ 9:31 am • Book Reviews

My Publishers Weekly interview with Michael Walters about his first novel, The Shadow Walker, set in Mongolia. It’s probably not much of a stretch for people to figure out who wrote the starred review of the novel in PW:

Set in Mongolia, Walters’s riveting first novel opens with a slew of murders investigated by a local policeman, Nergui, and a visiting British police inspector, Drew McLeish. The bloody nature of the murders makes them suspect a serial killer, but when a member of Nergui’s staff joins the list of victims, the case becomes more complex. Traveling to a tourist camp during the investigation into the dead cop’s background, the two detectives are confronted with a double murder. Suddenly, political or business motivations for the carnage come to the fore. A kidnapping starts the clock ticking toward a thrilling conclusion in a spooky abandoned factory. Throughout, the mysterious Nergui, who has a possible spy background, and the stoic McLeish make for a potent and exciting team. The evocative descriptions of modern Mongolia create a unique backdrop for a suspenseful mystery full of misdirection and terror.

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