On the Aesthetics of Absence," alongside books from Sophie Calle, Kathryn Davis, Marie Chaix, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. About Shadow Man, Carroll writes,
Gabriel Blackwell’s Shadow Man isn’t an easy book to describe. . . . The tone suggests the work of a hard-boiled historian: pulp metaphors collide with examinations of Californian history, real and imagined. There are Byzantine narratives here, and a meta-narrative in which they’re all nested. The end result is heady and often thrilling.Pretty great!