Cast of Shadows

By Kevin Guilfoile ’90 (Knopf)


In this philosophical thriller set in the near future, a fertility doctor grieves over the murder of his daughter. When he acquires DNA found at the scene, he decides to clone the unknown man who beat and strangled his daughter. The distraught father hopes one day to look into the face of the genetic replica of the killer and try to understand what drove him to his vicious act. The unsettling plot gives rise to questions of free will and evil, nature and nurture, science and religion.

This first novel by Guilfoile, known for his humor columns in several online venues, bowed to rave reviews, with positive comparisons to Robin Cook novels.

(May 2005)