Novel by Alan Drew, MFA, earns accolades in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer

Alan Drew

A murderer, a detective and a love story—in his second novel Alan Drew, MFA, associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program, captures it all. Shadow Man, published by Random House, is a psychological thriller about an idyllic community in 1980s Southern California rocked by a serial killer and a dark secret.

The novel follows Detective Ben Wade, who has returned to his hometown of Rancho Santa Elena in search of a quieter life and to try to save his marriage. Unfortunately, the scenario he finds is quite the contrary. The quiet community finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer who slips through windows and screen doors at night, shattering illusions of safety.

Released in spring 2017, the book has earned positive reviews in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Booklist, Orange County Register and Kirkus Review, among others. The latter noted, “An unusually deft blending of styles, Drew's engrossing novel works equally well as psychological study and cop thriller, literary novel and genre piece.”

In addition to teaching and leading the Creative Writing Program at Villanova, Professor Drew directs the annual Villanova Literary Festival. Villanova will host a talk and book signing with the author on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library. The event is free and open to the public.

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