Thriller Author Dan Padavona

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Her Last Breath crime thriller


He’s hunting a psychopath. And now the killer wants him dead.

After he’s shot in the line of duty, Detective Thomas Shepherd returns to Wolf Lake to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Living beside the water, he finds peace…until the body of a missing woman washes up on his shore and the town blames a teenage boy with a history of violence.

Is a killer stalking the sleepy resort village?

Darkwater Cove crime thriller


A killer is watching . . .

She’s running from a psychopath. And he knows what frightens her.

After she’s stabbed in the line of duty, FBI Agent Darcy Gellar moves her family to a sleepy seaside community. Living beside the ocean, she finds tranquility…until the police discover the body of a murdered woman on the beach. The village blames her son, a misunderstood boy with anger issues.

Is a serial killer stalking Darkwater Cove?


It takes a killer to catch a killer.

Logan Wolf was the Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most-respected profiler. Then a serial killer murdered his wife and tore his life apart. Now he’s a vigilante fugitive, hiding from the FBI while he hunts the nation’s deadliest criminals.

Wolf must dodge the FBI and a power-hungry sheriff. But a killer deadlier than any he’s encountered lies in wait.

In Dusk Corners, danger lurks in every shadow.


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What Readers are Saying about Dan Padavona

Discover why readers love gripping page-turners by mystery and thriller author Dan Padavona

Red Headed Book Lover

A literary talent [who] knows how to captivate his readers!

Sarah Johnson

I found this book exciting and surprising. A good read. If you like murder mysteries you will enjoy this one for sure.

Kathie J. Titus

This was a great read from beginning to end. I have not read Dan Padavona until this book. I am starting the sequel right now. Great job Dan!

Brian Rhoads

If you enjoy a fast paced, well written book with characters that are believable this is a MUST READ. I had the entire book devoured in just a little under 4 hrs… It keeps you wanting to turn the pages.


It was easy to know and like the people and become involved with their lives. I couldn’t put the book down. I will definitely recommend it to friends.

Ms. LuAnn

This book was a very entertaining read. The author presented very rich characters and a good page-turning “who done it” murder plot. I’ll be reading more stories from Dan Padavona.

Linda S. Dimezza

I have a list of favorite authors that I have been reading for years – Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, John Connolly, Vargas and McBain, Thomas Perry, Jonathan Kellerman. I have now put Padavona on that list.

Mookie B.

Another gem by an author that should be as world renown as Patterson, Grisham, Baldacci, etc.

Scherrie Kaye

Full of suspense, mystery and romance. Love, love, love the Thomas Shepherd books. Great story telling with great characters. Easy books to fall in love with.

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When McKenzie accompanies her boyfriend to the country for a night of stargazing, she vanishes in the dead of night. Her star-athlete boyfriend claims he had nothing to do with her disappearance, but he has no alibi.

As Thomas Shepherd searches for the missing girl, he discovers the boyfriend is hiding a dark secret. He’s a powder keg waiting to explode. But why would the future professional football star kidnap and murder his girlfriend?

Thomas must rely on girlfriend Chelsey Byrd and her team of private investigators. But Chelsey is battling her own demons after a near-fatal abduction by a crazed stalker.

At the same time, a rash of break-ins rocks the tiny village of Wolf Lake, keeping the private investigators busy.

More suspects emerge. Thomas and his deputies must determine who the real kidnapper is.  Will they find McKenzie in time?

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After a near-fatal shooting, Detective Thomas Shepherd returns home to Wolf Lake. He accepts a deputy’s position with the Nightshade County Sheriff’s Department and buys his late uncle’s lakeside home, hoping to rebuild his life.

Then a headless corpse washes ashore, and Thomas is thrown into a murder investigation.

Is a psychopath hunting the village of Wolf Lake?

The evidence implicates a troubled youth with a violent past. But Thomas isn’t so sure. Now the village is against him, demanding an arrest. But is the real killer still on the hunt?

The first book in the Dan Padavona Wolf Lake series has been called “…a wonderfully entertaining, all-too-believable crime-thriller that will keep you reading all night until the end.”

About Dan Padavona

“One of the most exciting writers to burst upon the scene in quite some time.”
Thriller Author Dan Padavona

Dan Padavona is the mystery and thriller author of The Wolf Lake seriesThe Logan and Scarlett serial killer book seriesThe Darkwater Cove seriesThe Scarlett Bell series, and The Dark Vanishing series.

Several of his Kindle books, paperbacks, and audiobooks rank in the top 20 among Amazon’s mystery and thriller categories.

The first of his popular Dark Vanishing series was a finalist for eFestival of Word’s 2016 Indie Novel of the Year award.

Bram Stoker Award winner and legendary author Brian Keene called Dan “one of the most exciting writers to burst upon the scene in quite some time.”

A mystery and thriller author from Cortland, New York, Dan grew up just outside the beautiful Finger Lakes.

After earning degrees from SUNY Cortland and Oneonta, he became a weather forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

While Dan is still a passionate storm chaser, he fell in love with writing, and in 2014, he published his first book, Storberry.

Within just three years, Dan had authored nine additional novels, all within the thriller, mystery, and horror genres. He believes everyone should have access to a good page-turner, so his works are currently being produced for audiobooks and foreign translations.

Dan is a proud member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and a supporter of Scares That Care.


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