An Absence of Light

An Absence of Light

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by David Lindsey

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From a best-selling author who's been compared to Le Carre and Graham Greene, a taut, literate thriller of a dubious death in Houston that leads to a former Mossad legend turned arms merchant -- and master criminal.

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From a best-selling author who's been compared to Le Carre and Graham Greene, a taut, literate thriller of a dubious death in Houston that leads to a former Mossad legend turned arms merchant -- and master criminal.

From the Paperback edition.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Relentlessly paced and adroitly imagined, Lindsey's latest thriller (after Body of Truth ) opens with the apparent suicide of Arthur Tisler, a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Houston police. Marcus Graver, in charge of the internal investigation into the death, discovers information implicating Tisler in CID corruption and making his suicide look suspicious--especially when other cops in Tisler's unit start dying. Next, Graver uncovers evidence that links his friend and fellow officer Dean Burtell to the shadowy figure of Panos Kalatis, an ex-Mossad agent who has spent years planning some illicit multimillion-dollar operation. Graver must apprehend this assassin in five days or the operation will be closed down and Kalatis will undoubtedly disappear with the money. Along with deft plotting and abundant surprises (including a socko finish), Lindsey offers suspense shrewdly balanced by a number of thoughtful meditations on the nature of betrayal and deceit. Particularly refreshing is the high degree of verisimilitude: readers can readily sense that the novel's events are beyond the ken of its protagonists and that a sinister world truly exists beyond normal perception. Sure to win Lindsey numerous new fans--and thoroughly satisfy his current ones. (May)
Library Journal
When a member of Houston's Police Intelligence Division turns up an apparent suicide, a chilling chain of events is triggered, unveiling the compromise of highly sensitive data, a sophisticated drug smuggling scam, and the relocation of vast sums of money. To avoid publicity and scandal, Capt. Marcus Garver hires an old friend in the ``intelligence-for-profit business'' to assist him and a tight crew from the force in the pursuit of the wily kingpin of the enterprise. As Garver's team closes in, pillars of the community drop right and left while the stealthy ``Greek'' closes down his operation and prepares to drop out of sight. As literate and polished as it is compelling, this should rank among the best in the thriller genre. Working in a style reminiscent of John le Carr, Lindsey (Body of Truth, LJ 4/1/92) is a master of articulate, involving suspense. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.]-Susan Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
Joe Collins
A lengthy cop thriller that starts out slowly but picks up speed en route to a spectacular conclusion, "An Absence of Light" is an entertaining look at problems within the Houston Police Department's Intelligence Division. When a cop in the division suspiciously kills himself, brooding Marcus Graver is brought in to determine whether or not it really was a suicide. Graver recruits an elite undercover organization to help him when more cops begin turning up dead, and things start to speed up when Graver figures out that drug runner Panos Kalatis is behind it all. Lindsay's style is wordy, but there's enough sophisticated bugging techniques, Uzis with silencers, and layer after layer of plot twists and turns to overcome that. The ending is not what the reader would expect, which is both good and bad (good because it's unexpected, bad because it's a little less than satisfying). Nonetheless, a good page-turner.

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David Lindsey is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven highly acclaimed novels including Mercy, The Rules of Silence, Body of Truth, The Color of Night, and An Absence of Light. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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This is another super mystery chiller. A must read or listen, if you know Houston, Texas and if you ever wondered if anyone of Greek ancestory lives here. This book is full of intrigue and with supurb discriptions of places so that you almost feel as if whatever is happening, is just behind your back. What a psychological thriller!!