A Whisper of Black

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Tyler Vance returns, and once again trouble is waiting for him. After breaking up the multimillion-dollar gun deal of A Flash of Red, the retired special operative thought he could return to a quiet life with his family, but the past isn't through with him yet. Those millions are still floating around, and their owners blame Vance for the disappearance. They demand he get the money back - but as it turns out, the new owners are even more vicious than the originals. Caught between hard cases, Vance must hope for ...
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Overview

Tyler Vance returns, and once again trouble is waiting for him. After breaking up the multimillion-dollar gun deal of A Flash of Red, the retired special operative thought he could return to a quiet life with his family, but the past isn't through with him yet. Those millions are still floating around, and their owners blame Vance for the disappearance. They demand he get the money back - but as it turns out, the new owners are even more vicious than the originals. Caught between hard cases, Vance must hope for the best and plan for the worst - but it looks like the worst is going to be very bad indeed....
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It may not be the Christmas season Tyler Vance had in mind, but it's the one he gets in Harvey's sequel to his debut thriller, A Flash of Red. The story picks up six months after Vance broke up a multimillion-dollar gun deal and retired as a special operative to devote himself to parenting and outdoors writing. His new career has to wait, however, when, just before Christmas, he learns that the $2 million involved in the deal and belonging to a group of angry Bosnian Muslims is actually in Mexico, in the hands of Hector Diaz, who supposedly died when the deal went bust. The Bosnian Muslims want their money back. To get, it, Vance joins forces with the enemy, including convict Ralph Gonzales and the formidable assassin Harmony Cahill. In a neat and efficient double cross, Gonzales and Vance deceive Diaz into crossing the border for a bogus drug deal while Cahill, hired for a hit on the entire Vance family, deals with Vance for her share of the booty. Some exciting action sequences (including one in which Cahill storms Cullen Vance's elementary school) pump up the sketchy plot, which is bolstered by details of the single parent's life and some strong secondary characters. There's not too much originality on display here, and Vance's narration can be awkward ("my cranium was filled to overflowing with worry and concern"), but Harvey tells his tale swiftly and manages to resolve it in time for a warm and fuzzy Christmas Eve finale. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Retired special operative Tyler Vance tangled with killers involved in a multimillion- dollar arms deal in the recent A Flash of Red (Putnam, 1996). Now the Bosnian Muslims are back, demanding that Vance recover their money for them. The millions are in the hands of Mexican drug dealer Hector Diaz. Complicating matters is the fact that Vance's family-his five-year-old son and elderly father-are both in danger. Vance killed Diaz's cousin in a shootout, and Diaz has put out a contract on all three Vances. Along with his capable colleagues, Vance sets up a bogus drug deal to lure Diaz to Vance's turf in North Carolina. Although Vance is now a freelance outdoors writer, he has lost none of his special skills, which are soon called into play. Harvey successfully builds tension as the smart-mouthed and humorous Vance strives to bring an end to the nightmare threatening his home. Recommended for most public libraries.-Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399142321
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/1997
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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