“The Shadow List” by Todd Moss is an international crime novel. Unlike other thrillers, this takes place in the non-traditional place of Nigeria with the non-traditional hero, Judd Ryker, heading the State Department’s Crisis Reaction Unit. As a former deputy assistant secretary of state in the African Bureau, Moss is able to use his experience to help with the story. “I am inspired by real people,” he said. “When I worked at the State Department, I knew of true heroes.