The Shadow of Death is a novel inspired by a true life story. However, its characters, surroundings and a key part of its storyline are wholly fictitious. A young man feels a moral obligation to avenge, for the sake of family honor, his father’s death, which happened when he was barely six years old. Two decades later, at the age of twenty-six, destiny would present him with the opportunity of facing off with the murderer directly; only, by then, he seemed to no longer have the courage or conviction to make it happen. The end is unexpectedly moving.