Hide and seek. Live or die.

Sarah said, “Dr. Dryden, I’m sorry we got off on the wrong foot earlier.”

“Is that what you call your little piece of street agitprop?”

“Is Zoe all right?”

Dryden crossed his arms and held the chart against his chest. “That depends.”

“On what? Please, is she okay?”

He stalked down the hall to Radiology. Inside, he turned on a light box, pulled an x-ray from Zoe’s chart, and jammed it up on the wall.

Sarah scanned it. “What’s wrong? What am I looking at?”

He tapped the film. “That.”

The x-ray showed Zoe’s skull and spine. Between her shoulders, buried deep, was a white spot no bigger than a grain of rice.

“Why have you microchipped your child?” Dryden said.


It tumbled out before she could stop herself.

Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?

Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. She’s also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people who’ve gone on the lam to avoid arrest, prosecution, or debt—pinpointing their locations to bring them to justice.

When a school bus accident sends Zoe to the ER, their quiet life explodes. Zoe’s medical tests reveal what Sarah has been hiding: Zoe is not her daughter. Zoe’s biological mother—Sarah’s sister, Beth—was murdered shortly after the child’s birth. And Zoe’s father is missing and presumed dead.

With no way to prove her innocence, Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and go on the run. Chased by cops, federal agents, and the group responsible for Beth’s murder, Sarah embarks on a desperate journey. Can her knowledge as a skip tracer help her stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter?

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Praise for The Shadow Tracer

“With her latest, Gardiner firmly plants herself in the hallowed suburban nightmarish grounds of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben. ‘The Shadow Tracer’ is a stunning achievement in storytelling, as riveting as it is relentless.” Providence Journal

“Gardiner’s latest stand-alone revisits the story of Thelma and Louise, with Thelma played by a professional skip tracer and Louise by a refugee from kindergarten….Gardiner will keep you up half the night with nonstop action and nary a pause for breath.” Kirkus, starred review

“A plot-driven cat-and-mouse game for adrenaline junkies with surprises in every chapter.” Boston Globe

“Heart-stopping…. Edgar Award–winner Gardiner steadily ratchets up the suspense in this taut stand-alone tale.” Booklist

“The novels that can be set into the ‘fantastic’ category may be slim, but this standalone mystery by Meg Gardiner certainly found a place in that elite group.” Suspense Magazine

“A standalone from the Edgar Award winner that should not be missed.” Library Journal

A Los Angeles Times Summer Reading Guide selection

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram Summer Reading List selection

Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013.”

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