Whispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2) by Spencer Kope

Whispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2)

A series of bizarre murders, the victims nearly unidentifiable, forces “Steps” Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he’s ever encountered.A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable ice chest—a cooler—is found in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso. The victim is unknown and unidentifiable. The reason the killer went to such trouble—breaking into the judge’s house—and what message he intends to send are both ...

Details Whispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2)

TitleWhispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2)
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Adult

Reviews Whispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2)

  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 I read the summary of this, and was drawn to the unique talent Steps has, a rare form of synsthesia. He see, what he calls the shine, on people. Each person's unique color, not an aura but trAils on the ground or things they touch. He and Jimmy belong to a special tracking unit of the FBI, snd they are called into service after a pair of feet are found in a cooler at a judges house.The first half of the book, as they investigate, trying to pu...
  • Fiona
    "Steps" Chase is a unique individual - he believes that sweating is something one should never do intentionally, he's a Hunger Games fan, his solidarity with a dieting friend finds its limit at a maple bar, he owns five hundred and eighty seven books, and holds John Wilkes Booth roughly level with Hitler.Oh, and he sees "shine" - the signs of someone's passage through the world, in the colours and textures unique to them.It's no secret that I'm a...
  • Juli
    A federal judge in Texas comes home to a strange cooler left in his house. The cooler contains a pair of severed feet. Magnus "Steps'' Craig and Jimmy Donovan are sent to investigate. They are members of a special FBI group, the Special Tracking Unit. Steps has an unusual gift. He sees people in varying colors, which allows him to see if victims have been killed by the same person because of traces of color left on the bodies. His gift has to be ...
  • Selena
    I received a free electronic copy of Whispers of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #2) by Spencer Kope from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the first book I have ever read by Spencer Kope. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Very quick read as you don't want to put it down. This is a story about a series of strange and gruesome murders in which the victims are almost unrecognizable. Magnus Craig (Steps) is called to track down th...
  • Timothy
    A year ago, I discovered a thriller by a new author, Spencer Kope. The book was "Collecting the Dead" and was one of the best and most unique thrillers of the last 10 years. I considered myself fortunate due to the fact that I took a chance on a book that just sounded interesting. I have regular correspondence with Mr. Kope an he is also a very nice guy. So, imagine my happiness while searching NetGalley for some titles and there before my eyes w...
  • Cheryl
    Book two in this series is another winner FBI Operations Specialist Magnus "Steps" and his partner Special Agent Jimmy Donovan are in a special section of the FBI developed just for them - the FBIs Special Tracking Unit, based out of Bellingham, Washington. They have their own private jet they've named Betsy and they travel all over the U.S. looking for missing persons, bodies, and killers.In this second book of the series (after COLLECTING THE D...
  • Maureen DeLuca
    After reading the first book in this series Collecting the Dead I was really looking forward to getting to book number 2 in the series. The story itself is a 3-3.5 stars but I made it a 4 star rating for the "special tracking unit" cast of characters ! They are an amazing group of folks, funny and a bit on the quirky side, then you add humor, wit & dialogue and you have a great book about the FBI tracking down serial killers! An enjoyable read
  • Rowena Hoseason
    There’s a serial killer at work, whose weird signature involves severed feet, delivered in iceboxes to defence lawyers. It’s a job for one of the FBI’s special units – a very special unit, one which comes with an extra-sensory twist. Steps, the lead character, is a tracker. But he doesn’t use forensics or personality profiling – instead he has a paranormal ability to see the unique aura which surrounds every person. This is the second...
  • Maranda
    Police canines put their nose to the ground to lead them to the feet of their quest. Magnus Craig known as "STEPS" takes off his glasses to follow the neon color "Shine" that is left behind by everyone. All Individuals have their own signature color and texture making FBI Craig the perfect tracker of criminals at large. Kope has a vivid imagination and skill with characters that makes this a fascinating and quick read. Successful FBI team that ar...
  • Kathy Martin
    The latest case for Steps Craig and his partner Jimmy Donovan is a puzzler. They are called to El Paso because a Federal Judge has found a cooler with feet in it in his living room. Steps sees everyone in different colors which is very helpful in his investigations but needs to be kept secret. He can use his ability to see the shine of a killer and, by seeing the shine on multiple victims, know if the killer is a serial killer. However, his abili...
  • Darcia Helle
    Whispers of the Dead is the second book in a fun series with a unique premise. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend starting with Collecting the Dead, book 1.Most of the story is written from Steps' perspective, in first person. I really enjoy his character. We get to know him on a personal level, so there is a lot of depth beyond the whodunit mystery. The banter between Steps and his partner Jimmy provides comic relief around the d...
  • Ivy M
    I got a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.I found this book to be completely stupid. I have read other paranormal mystery type books before and this one was so unbelievable that I had to fight to complete it. I had no problem putting it down when I had to go back to work or to drive home. I didn't like the characters or the relationship between them. I will not be looking for the other books in this ...
  • Jean
    Whispers of the Dead is the 2nd book in the Special Tracking Unit series. I loved the first book, Collecting the Dead, so I was excited to read this book. This book did not disappoint. Such a unique plot with great characters. It pulled me in from the beginning and held my interest throughout the story. Operations Specialist Magnus "Steps" Craig is a tracker with a special gift. He the ability that allows him to see whatever a person has touched ...
  • Emily
    I couldn’t put this book down once I started it. I’m truly impressed with this book. It was well written, well developed, and it easily brought someone into the story and world of Steps and Jimmy even if they hadn’t read the first book. It was super easy to follow, it kept me on edge and I constantly wanted more about what was going on with IBK. All of the stand-alone IBK scenes were so well-written and suspenseful that I didn’t want them...
  • Elizabeth
    series of bizarre murders, the victims nearly unidentifiable, forces “Steps” Craig to match wits with the most cold-blooded killer he’s ever encountered.A pair of severed feet, stored in a portable ice chest—a cooler—is found in the house of a Federal judge in El Paso. The victim is unknown and unidentifiable. The reason the killer went to such trouble—breaking into the judge’s house—and what message he intends to send are both my...
  • Linda
    I love the unusual concept of being able to see a killer and victim's aura, or "shine" as Magnus calls it to track a killer and bring him to justice.In this case, as you learn the circumstances that turns a normal, caring person into a serial killer you may find yourself sympathizing with him and understanding why he did what he did.The ending is a nail biter and I anxiously await the next one in this remarkable series.Recommended!
  • Karen
    Terrific read. Loved it and am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this great series.
  • Laura Rash
    I love when you find a new series that the characters just feel like old friends as soon as you begin. Such humor, wit & dialogue in stories that would otherwise be very grim make for an addictive read. SK is now on my list of “watch for new releases” author. Thanks to Minotaur for this copy:)
  • Kathy
    4.5 stars.Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope is an innovative mystery starring a protagonist with an unusual skill that is utilized while solving murders. This second installment in the Special Tracking Unit series can stand on its own, but I highly recommend Collecting the Dead as well.Tracker Magnus "Steps" Craig and his partner Special Agent Jimmy Donovan are two members of the FBI's Special Tracking Unit. Steps has an unusual ability to "se...
  • Janie
    Beginning with the first in the series, the premise of the Special Tracking Unit is compelling: An FBI tracker who sees the aura of people left through physical contact with the places and things touched. Makes for one amazing story line.This second in the series, Whispers of the Dead, is an excellent and entertaining continuation of the first book. Magnus "Steps" and his family and friends are again caught up in a thrilling mystery suspense. The...
  • Laura
    I admit that I wasn’t sure for the first few pages whether I’d even finish the chapter, much less the book. There was something about Steps, the main character, that I just couldn’t warm to. He seemed too odd, his language too formal, his relationship with his partner just too weird. But I read a few more pages - and then I was hooked.FBI agents in a special Tracking Unit, “Steps” Craig and his partner, Jimmy Donovan, are called in on a...
  • Pat
    Another catch up review.I just love the premise of these stories (Special Tracking Unit) - Magnus "Steps" Craig has a special form of synesthesia whereby he can 'see' the tracks of anyone who has been in the area as a unique colour and texture that he calls 'shine'. This is a closely guarded secret as he works in a special FBI tracking unit the chases down some of the country's most vicious and dangerous criminals. I think, and really hope, there...
  • Susan
    It is now official - Spencer Kope is one of my favorite authors. Last year I read his first book, "Collecting the Dead," and declared it one of the best books I read in 2017. I just finished "Whispers of the Dead" and believe, even this early in the year, that this will be one of favorites in 2018. FBI agent and tracker extraordinaire Magnus "Steps" Craig is back with his partner Jimmy Donovan in another nail-biting thriller as they try to find t...
  • Alyssa Marie
    This was a rather quick read and was fast-paced, and I enjoyed the crime aspect of the whole novel. Although it's second in a series, I didn't feel left out of the story since I didn't read the first installment. I really enjoy when a series does this. Whispers of the Dead was very well-written about a series of bizarre murders, with "Steps" being called in to track the killer. His abilities go far beyond basic tracking, as he can see the "shine"...
  • Beth
    This story was amusing as well as entertaining!
  • Becky
    I really like this series. It’s a great crime/thriller series, the characters are funny, somewhat quirky, and even relatable. The story lines haven’t been too predictable and there are some cool aspects of these FBI trackers. And both of the books have been very clean for this genre!
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review. Once again, I fall victim to not checking ahead and seeing if this is part of a series. However, this book definitely read just fine without having read the previous one in the series (at least this time I'm only one behind!). WHISPERS OF THE DEAD is book two in the Special Tracking Unit series. I didn't feel too lost without reading book one - but I will be go...
  • Cathy Cole
    In 2016, Spencer Kope wowed me with his first Special Tracking Unit mystery, Collecting the Dead, and I'm thrilled to say that he hasn't taken his foot off the gas for Whispers of the Dead. There's a razor-sharp investigation here, as well as a fast pace, and a group of characters who are more like family than mere work colleagues.The way Kope puts the clues and the investigation together is completely absorbing, partly due to Steps' special gift...
  • Tamara Morning
    Magnus “Steps” Craig and his partner, Jimmy, are part of a special FBI tracking unit, called in to solve the tough cases. Only three people know, but Steps can see “shine,” a unique color trail left where a person has touched. This ability makes Steps very good at tracking and finding killers.But this case is different. The killer is more cold-blooded than any Steps and Jimmy have ever seen. The only part of the victims found are their fe...