Cody Mcfadyen was born in Texas in 1968. He designed websites before selling his first novel, Shadow Man, in 2005. He has since had a second book – The Face of Death – published. Both were international best sellers. He lives in Southern California with his two black labs, often referred to as ‘The Black Forces of Destruction.’ He drinks coffee (copiously), plays guitar (badly), and reads (voraciously). He abhors adverbs in writing, except when used in short bios like this one. Read More

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Innocent Bone - Der Menschenmacher

My fifth book has been released in Germany - The Innocent Bone (as I know it) or "Der Menschenmacher."

I wanted to take the time to say a few things about the book, and to answer some common questions I've been getting.

First, the questions:

A. YES - the next book will be a Smoky Barrett book. Promise! :)

B. NO - there is not an English translation, yet. The German publication is the first in the world, and it may be some months before the English translation occurs.

I'm returning to Germany at the end of March, for a tour, with a mix of enthusiasm and trepidation. I realize that Smoky is much beloved by those who read her. As a fan of a number of 'continuing characters' myself, I appreciate the reluctance some may feel to 'step outside the series.' I hope you'll give it a try.

This is a book I had to write, and it has involved both hours and anguish. I expect it to be highly controversial amongst my existing readers, and see some proof of this in the opening reviews on ('Five stars! One star! Two stars! Four stars!') I expect some to despise it, and others to love it, and would be surprised to find much middle-ground. I'm not saying this to be avant-garde, I simply feel that it's that kind of a book. Again, two emails received seem to support this. Both were very kind, but certainly different in their views of the book. One loved it best of my books so far; the other said politely "Please return to Smoky Barrett."

For those that will love it, I hope it takes you places both terrible and redemptive. For those that will hate it, but love the Smoky series, I can only accept your judgment humbly, and ask for your patience. This was a novel driven by forces unknown to me; not literally, but sometimes it felt that way. It took me on a terrible journey, and I present it to you, my German readers, as a journey worth taking.

Smoky will return in book six. I'm in the midst of it already, and I know fans of the series will not be disappointed. Time away from her has been good for both my creativity and my clarity, so far as Smoky Barrett is concerned.

Whether you like or hate Der Menschenmacher, my primary hope - as with all of my books - is that it will shake you up; that it will make you feel something visceral and true.

It's a dark voyage. Whether or not you like the journey, I believe you'll know you have traveled, and that perhaps you'll step off onto the dock just a little bit dazed; perhaps a little bit troubled. I certainly hope so, strange as that sounds.

Before returning to my lapse in posting... let me say to EVERYONE who has emailed me with such kind and encouraging words about my novels - thank you, truly. I am terrible with replies, but I do ensure that I read them all. And I am very, very much looking forward to my return to Germany this March.

Long drives, lovely crowds and dark beer... what else could I possibly ask for?


Blogger dearie ♥ said...

You're coming back to Germany?? : ) Wow, I am super exciting! Do you already know when and where you'll be? I cannot wait!
Love, Anika.

February 26, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger wrowland said...

Our Dear Mr. McFadyen,
As a fan of your WRITING, I can honestly say I look forward to ANY journey you wish to take us on, with or without Smokey at the wheel. That being said, I anxiously await the English translation of this book and eagerly look forward to the next Smokey Barrett installment. And will continue to troll your site for blogs and updates.
Happy Writing!
And enjoy the trip abroad. We'll expect an American tour to follow.

February 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger svenjafuchs said...

Dear Mr. McFadyen,
I already bought the book weeks ago
but I´ll start when I´m on rehabillitation in Bavaria, because I have the time to read there and I´m looking forward to read because all your books are so fantastic. I love how you write and what it makes me feel.
I hope to see you sometimes here in germany :)
sinercely Svenja Fuchs

March 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Aenna said...

Dear Mr.McFadyen,

I visited your reading in Hanover yesterday and it was great.
"Der Menschenmacher" i allready read last week, and I was really impressed, even though it's not a Smoky Barrett-story...:o)))
Enjoy your german trip!

Best wishes

March 23, 2011 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger nantochan said...

I will definitely give it a try when the English translation is published. I wouldn't want you to force yourself on writing a book with Smoky in it, in spite of my love for her and her team. It's mostly your writing style, the perspective and personality that reflected between the lines in those books that I admire. I believe I could wait for years, and finally feel such bliss holding the next book. I'm sure we all feel glad you are working on the next book though.
I'm looking forward to the English version of "The Innocent Bone" and the next one with Smoky Barrett.

Kindest regards,

March 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

I knew nothing about a new book! I'm so excited!! So glad I know German! =D

April 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger svenjafuchs said...

Hello Mr. McFadyen,
I was on rehabillitation so I had alot of time to read the Book "Der Menschenmacher" I was exited to read and I have to say it´s worth to read it!
I love the way you write! its amazing!! I couldn´t get my eyes of that book!
I hope I´ll see you when you are here in Germany again!

April 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger lauraho said...

I just wanted to say that I love all your books! I Love how you express the feelings of anger and love, it's just that what I feel, but I could never really describe in words like you do. Although, a lot of people are used to Smokey, I think it's great that you tried something new! Der Menschenmacher is just as hearttouching than the Smokey storys. I'm always so sad when I finished one of your books, so I can't wait to read your new one! :) And I'm sorry for my mistakes in the comment, I'm still learning english. Your Fan, Laura

May 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger gottissosun said...

Hi McFadyen,

At first: Greetings from Germany :)

Second: Normally, I don't read books (only if i have to, like in school :D). Anyway, i went once to a book store and searched for some Psycho-Thriller. Some of them were interesting, but I have never read them. But there was one book, just one book, which was the only one left in the store. It was "The Face of Death" (or in german: "Der Todeskünstler). It was not the original cover (your covers are normally white and have only one image on it), it was a red one, full with blood and a girl lying on the ground. I grabbed the book and read the content and my eyes were like O_O. I just couldn't believe what I read! The content was already so awesome that I bought the book and read it right away when i was at home. It takes me like 2-3 months reading a whole book, but this one (even with his 560 pages) took me less than 4 days to read. It was the best book I have ever read in my life, even if some parts were a bit pervert or disgusting, but I like those books! Every sentence, every word, every letter made me fall in love with this story/book. After that one, I bought your other 2 books (Poorly "The Faces of Dead" wasn't your first book which you have released, so i kinda messed up with the life story of Smoky :/ ). I read them again and right away you have released your 4th book. Around christmas time I read your last book of Smoky Barret and later I also read your 5th book. All of them were amazing and I can't wait reading your next book! I know I should also read other books... I'm trying, but they are not the same... :(

So Mr. McFadyen, thank you. Thank you for giving me some great moments of my life by reading your books! :)

Your Fan,


June 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

Rudi, that's a great comment, very sweet!

July 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Rudi said...

@Brigitte Thanks :)

And I'm sorry for my bad english :-(

July 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Laura Schimmler said...

I'll admit I am having trouble getting through "Der Menschenmacher". I have devoured and re-read all four Smoky Barretts several times, and love them to bits, but "Der Menschenmacher" - well, I guess it's best to be honest: I find it rather tough. :)

July 18, 2011 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger freesoul21 said...

as I am a new fan of your writing, I just have to ask, has there been a book written to tell the story of smoky and joseph sands? I have to tell you that I look to have the English translation of your new book....I am now in the midst of ABANDONED, prolonging the journey as I have no idea when the next scary ride might be. I must say that after smoky's series, my usual sacry author does not look scary anymore.More power all the best

July 21, 2011 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

When i was at the book store a year ago my eye fell on a book you wrote. I was doubting if i should get it cause to me, you were unknown. I decided to buy it and started to read late at night. And man, i stayed up all night cause i couldn't put it away. I went to the bookstore again and bought the other 3 also. I love your writing. I read a lot of other writers also but to me, yours are the best! Didn't know there were other books on the way so i'm very excited. Hope Der Menschenmacher will be translated to dutch soon. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck with your new Smokey book!

A dutch fan.

August 20, 2011 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger Scherra said...

Do you have an ETA for the English version of The Innocent Bone yet? I 'm dying of suspense here! :)

October 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger foxypoo said...

hurry please and get the innocent bone published in english also cant wait for your next " smokey"

October 21, 2011 at 3:20 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

I knew that Der Menschenmacher was highly autobiographic, even before I read your autobiographic section on here. It just had that feel. Like all your books, it wasn't an easy read, it pushed my limits, but it was a good read. You really set a new standard for thrillers.

I really hope for some good things to happen for Smoky though.

November 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger MimiMilena said...

Dear Mr. McFadyen,

I just read "Der Menschenmacher" and I really like it. While reading, I was not able to do anything else, even going to bed and sleep was impossible. Although I'm a HUGE fan of Smoky Barret and although I was disappointed when I found out this book is not about her, I bought it. And that was definitly not a mistake, on the contrary!
I can't wait until your new book comes out.

Sincerely Milena R.

PS: Sorry for my bad english!

January 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Ciao! said...

Hi Cody,

I am soooooo curious, why was The Innocent Bone published in German? I assume it was written in English, so, I'm wondering what's the dealio?:)).

I am an impatient person who admires and appreciates your writing , so, what's the hold up?:). *insert feet stomping and pouty face* :)

All the best,


March 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger marge bayles said...

Have had Shadow Man for years - it sat in my camper for all that time. Just picked it up to read on vaca and finished it in days! Can't wait to find another one of your books soon. I am at sea without something to read!! I had a clue who the murderer was from the beginning and was glad that my hunch played out correctly. Love Smoky and crew!

July 8, 2012 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Steven King said...

Hello Cody I am just writing to ask when the English translation will be realeased? My mum is a massive fan and can't wait for it. So if it ain't too much trouble, could you take some time out of your busy schedule abd let everyone know when we can be expecting it? Thank you Steven King

August 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger bjc said...

Very disappointed that you've had no new books out for nearly a year. Keep watching and waiting.......

October 19, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger QuiksilverTyla said...

Hey Cody!

I discovered Smoky in a student house going back probably about 2-3 years ago. I didn't realise at the time I'd started in the wrong order - I found The Face of Death under a table and my curiosity got the better of me. From the first minute I was hooked - I had to know more! Now I've been Smoky-less for over a year and it's killing me!! It's like an addiction, I tried to replace her with other authors' works, but none compared. So what I'm trying to say (and I think i speak for most people on the board here!) is where is she?! Can we have her soon?!


January 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Lenabena said...

Hello my Name is Lena. Im from frankfurt/Germany. Its 5:00 am in the Morning i just finished Your Book "der Menschenmacher". Last Christmas there were some nice Christmas Presents under the tree, this Book among other Things. I openend it and my mother Said "you will Love it..." Now 2 Months After Christmas i finished all the Books Waiting on my List. Yesterday it was Time for "der Menschenmacher". I Never read a Book of you befördert to be honest. Nur now i know That i have to get the Whole line.! :) im so tired but i know that i wont find any sleep now. The Story is in my Head it keeps me busy even thoug im ready with Reading. Thats what i Love Most. Think about it even though its over. My philosophy of Life has matured again a Little Bit. Befasse of your Book. I just wanna say thank you. Now i will get to sleep for One Hour and go to the University in two hours. Do you think my profs will believe me that im sleeping on the Desk Brachse i read the Whole Night?! ;)

February 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

I'm so sad that there has been no new blog for more than two years! :( And even more sad that two years have already gone by, when did that happen?!

March 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger foxypoo said...

come on cody how long have we to wait is there a problem with the publication of the innocent bone also we have been waiting for a long time for the next smokey book at least give us some info when the waiting comes to an end

May 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Little Hill Jewelry said...

Dear Mr. McFadyen,
I rediscovered your amazing books recently, re-read them cover to cover, and have been reminded of what amazing talent you possess. I hope you haven't given up on writing. It's been years since your last book was released in the States, and while I clumsily stumbled through "Der Menschenmacher," my German is terrible, and much of the story was lost to me.

With no real news to speak of (save whispers of something coming in 2014) and no updates here on your blog, I'm beginning to wonder if you've given up on the series. I truly hope you haven't, the story and your talent are too good to leave behind. I very much hope to you are well, and we (your fans) will be reading more from you soon.

Happy writing :)

June 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger doglovr4life said...

Mr. McFadyen, I hope you busy working on Smokey's new story but I have to admit I'm beginning to get worried. You are one of my great new
finds and I am looking forward to the next installment in Smokey's adventures. I hope you will at least update us readers on the progress of
the new book. It would be greatly appreciated.

November 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger foxypoo said...

I think cody is either deceased
or in prison in the absence of any reply to lots of comments regarding his next book!!!!

January 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM  
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April 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Barbara Crain said...

Very disappointed that this site has not been updated since 2011. Was excited to find a new author and new books but nothing now for 3 years makes me think this author has flew the coop!

April 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Wijnand Blok said...

Hello Mr. McFadyen

When will there be a Dutch translation of "The Innocent Bone - Der Menschenmacher"??
I'm a great fan of your books.

With regards and best wishes,


April 9, 2014 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Candace Harrington said...

Mr. Mcfadyen Please please answer us. I have reread your books over 20 times and I would really like to know when the next one is out. I see that there are comments removed by the author (you) so please any words of encouragement would be wonderful!

An avid fan

June 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM  

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