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The color of night
Lindsey, David L.
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New York : Warner Books, [1999]

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480 pages ; 24 cm
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Former intelligence officer Harry Strand learns that a secret agent can never retire--and never surrender. A widower, he has started his life over and fallen in love with Mara Song, a beautiful Asian art collector. But Harry's peaceful world is shattered when he discovers a shocking videotape of his wife's death in Mara's tape collection.

Author Notes

David Lindsey is a highly-acclaimed, best-selling author of suspense fiction. Lindsey was born in Kingsville, Texas on November 6, 1944. He spent his childhood in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in West Texas, near San Angelo. He graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in English literature. Lindsey's chilling page-turners are read around the world. Whether writing about serial killers or undercover agents, gutsy, gory thrillers are his trademark.

"A Cold Mind" (1983) introduced Houston police detective Stuart Haydon and a serial killer using the rabies virus as a murder weapon. Other popular books featuring Haydon include "Heat From Another Sun" (1984) and "Spiral" (1986). Female detective Carmen Palma is the protagonist of "Mercy" (1990). This book is a tale told with such horror that it has been compared to "Silence Of The Lambs". Some of Lindsey's works have been made into films, most notably "Requiem for a Glass Heart" (1996) starring Demi Moore. He has worked as a freelance editor and is the founder of Heidelberg Publishers.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Harry Strand, a retired U.S. intelligence officer, thinks he's finally put his life back together after the tragic death of his wife. He has become a successful art dealer, and he's fallen in love with Mara Song, a beautiful collector. But everything changes abruptly when Harry discovers a tape in Mara's VCR that clearly shows his wife being murdered. Finding out who is responsible for her death proves to be far more complicated than this former spy can imagine. This is a fast-paced and exciting thriller. Lindsey, the author of a string of best-sellers, knows how to keep things moving along, and fans of old-fashioned action-adventure will have a good time. Spy genre aficionados, however, may have some quibbles. Lindsey's emphasis on a breakneck pace results in a rather superficial view of the cloak-and-dagger world, without the vivid details that underpin a le Carrenovel. On the other hand, Harry Strand makes an appealing enough protagonist to keep most readers entertained. Lindsey's track record, combined with an aggressive marketing campaign, should guarantee success, despite the book's flaws. (Reviewed February 1, 1999)0446523615David Pitt

Library Journal Review

This audio version of Lindsey's (An Absence of Light) latest novel explores both the international art world and post-Cold War intelligence community. Former foreign intelligence service officer Harry Strand lives a quiet life as a Houston-based art dealer until his past reappears when a woman hires him to sell a print collection. He learns the truth about the death of his wife and that a powerful criminal and art lover plans to murder him. In an interesting twist, we discover that Strand's new life is financed by money embezzled from this same man. The well-paced story, performed excellently by Paul Hecht, moves from Houston to Rome to London and introduces a range of interesting characters plus several good plot twists and turns. Fun for spy novel fans and recommended for all audio collections.--Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.