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Child of Shadows - Coyne

Child of Shadows is a novel written by John Coyne. It was first published in 1990.


Social worker Melissa Vaughn is frustrated by the soullessness of urban life and the bureaucratic hoops she has to jump through to make a difference in the lives of the needy and downtrodden. Her only desire is to make a difference in one life and not have to follow rules laid out by people who know nothing about her job or how to help the indigent. Then a boy comes along. A boy found living in the dark, rat infested subways of New York City. A mute boy devoid of hair, without a family or history. The only clue to his past is a name sewn into his underwear: Adam. Determined to help Adam, Melissa takes him to a remote section of the Blue Ridge Mountains to connect with him and possibly unravel the mystery of his past. She soon discovers his artistic genius and his ability to depict the violent and disturbing world in which he came from. But in this remote section of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a group of religious snake handlers with an interest in Adam. For these religious fanatics see Adam as more than a troubled boy, they see him as The Chosen One. And then people begin to die.