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The Color of Death

The Color of Death

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The name Elizabeth Lowell has become synonymous with electrifying fiction that seamlessly combines suspense, intrigue, and passion. And now the phenomenal New York Times bestselling author brilliantly displays her incomparable talents in a story of treachery, greed, conspiracy, and murder that will hold the reader spellbound until the final word.

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The name Elizabeth Lowell has become synonymous with electrifying fiction that seamlessly combines suspense, intrigue, and passion. And now the phenomenal New York Times bestselling author brilliantly displays her incomparable talents in a story of treachery, greed, conspiracy, and murder that will hold the reader spellbound until the final word.

It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the chance to cut seven rare, priceless sapphires and solidify her reputation as a world-class jewel cutter. But something goes horribly, tragically wrong during what should have been a simple transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish without a trace. Missing also is the man Kate trusted to transport the gems: her half brother, Lee, who now, quite possibly, is dead. And suddenly she is on the run, pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch scheme.

Special agent Sam Groves is one of the best of the best, an essential member of the FBI's elite crime strike force and the perfect man to lead the hunt, since he could never be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But something is troubling about this assignment, because someone else is chasing Kate Chandler as well.

Only Kate suspects the awful truth: She's unwittingly stumbled into a conspiracy of deceit, betrayal, and cold-blooded murder that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist. And a chilling, threatening voice on the telephone only confirms her worst suspicions. Getting Sam Groves, the FBI agent who's her constant shadow, to believe her is a step in the right direction -- but it may be one that's too little too late in a bloody game where terror dictates her every move and the rules are constantly changing. Because the order has already been passed down to a ruthlessly efficient assassin: Kate Chandler must not be allowed to live ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The theft of seven extraordinary sapphires sparks a rash of murders in this fast-moving romantic thriller by Lowell (Die in Plain Sight; Running Scared). Kate Chandler, 33, is the cutter who shapes the stones for a wealthy Florida collector; her half-brother, Lee, is the courier she chooses to deliver them. Lee is more than careful, but an hour from his destination, the gems are stolen, and he disappears. Five months later, alleging that Lee stole the gems and decamped with a blonde to a Caribbean hideaway, the FBI closes the case. Kate and Lee's lover, Norm, know better, and Kate determines to discover the truth on her own. At a gem show in Scottsdale, she sees one of the precious sapphires at a shady dealer's booth and settles "into the odious business of flirting with a man she'd rather have scraped off her shoes," which leads to a confrontation with maverick FBI agent Sam Groves. In due course, they become allies and consequently, Groves, already unpopular with Bureau brass, finds his job at stake. The reader acquires a lot of esoteric information about gems, the principals share a sense of humor and eventually a bed; when the shady dealer and his wife are mercilessly murdered, Kate receives a death threat and the circle of suspects connected to her brother's disappearance widens. This is a diverting read for thriller fans. Agent, Dominick Abel. (June 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Jeweler Kate Chandler is slated to cut the fabulous Seven Sins cluster of sapphires, but then comes murder. One-day laydown: June 15. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Gem cutter gets cracking, from the hugely popular author of, most recently, Running Scared (2002). When her gay half-brother Lee Mandel disappears, Kat Chandler wants answers. Was Lee murdered by mysterious South American baddies trying to get their swarthy hands on the Seven Sins, rare natural sapphires that everyone wants? Could be-and Kat might have stumbled on the first of these matchless stones. Next: explanations. Lowell (a.k.a. mystery writer A.E. Maxwell, a husband-and-wife team) dutifully covers absolutely everything there is to know about precious and semi-precious stones, gem dealing, and the so-called science of gemology, providing exhaustive detail on various techniques to improve the appearance of colored stones and hence raise their value to unsuspecting buyers. A handsome cop pops up as a love interest and brawny shoulder to cry on, as do more bad guys, including Peyton Hall, the whining, ambitious, unscrupulous son of jewelry retailers and his bitchy girlfriend Sharon Sizemore, who's into picking her cuticles and watching porn when not plotting everyone's downfall. Were the Seven Sins stolen by Lee dressed in drag? Hey, maybe he's still alive! Is Jack Kirby, a former fed, in cahoots with Sharon's father, a hard-bitten security expert? And check out all those people skulking around in dopey disguises (the story's chock-a-block with wigs, stuffed bras, and even fake facial hair)-what's up with that? A few obligatory references to scary people like crack whores are thrown in here and there-as if this ladylike author ever got near one. In fact, much of this seems to have been written by someone else, and the dated tough-guy prose borders on the ridiculous: "White went out ofthe van like a hundred-and-seventy-pound cat. His lead-filled sap hit the base of her skull with a meaty sound."James Patterson-style microchapters, some not even a page long, keep things moving, but the end result is no big whoop. Agent: Dominick Abel/Dominick Abel Literary Agency
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Romantic suspense is her true forte.”
Charlotte News & Observer
“Elizabeth Lowell’s keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre.”
Booklist
“. . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . .”
Jayne Ann Krentz
“I”ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell’s name on it.”
Booklist on Pearl Cove
“. . .a riveting mix of suspense and romance, sure to increase Lowell’s popularity.”
Booklist on Jade Island
“. . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . .”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061740572
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
65,698
File size:
1 MB

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Jayne Ann Krentz
“I”ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell’s name on it.”

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 5, 1944
Place of Birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:
B. A., University of California, 1966

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Color of Death 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing when you read this book because I could feel the emotions from Kate, Sam, and Lee. So sad, and yet so love! You should read it and see how you feel!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it very interesting how she wrote about the gem industry. I always like the mix of Law enforcement/heroine. I like her smart and sassy leading lady.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really boring. although i enjoyed the fbi and suspense, it took over her book. the romance was second to the information about the Fbi. although i know that she always has a lot of information about whatever subject she is writing about, gems, pearls, gold, this one was too overpowering and boring. her other books involving the donovan family are so much better-her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say that Lowell missed the mark on this book. Very predictable. Easy to put down, hard to pick back up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Your books and stories have always kept me up at night, just can't wait to finish them. This one was BLAH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing until the very end. Here is the basic plot: Kate Chandler is trying to find out what happened to her brother. He disappeared while transporting the 'seven sins' (seven blue sapphires). The FBI won't listen to her and think she is a nut job. Kate runs into FBI SA Sam Groves while she is trying to track down the sapphires. He believes her story. When people start dieing he realizes that if no one keeps Kate safe she will soon be dead. This book was a GREAT read. I had to back up in the beginning because I forgot who was who. So pay careful attention in the first few chapters, don't read too fast like I did. This book has great suspense and a wonderful relationship between Sam and Kate, you will want to give Sam a big hug yourself at the end. What a great hero. As the book nears the end you'll think you have figured out who the killers are, but just wait. I gasped out loud when the book finally revealed the real leader. Ann Maxwell (Elizabeth Lowell) had delivered, yet again, a wonderful book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell has done it again. This is a great story that will keep you turning the pages....and the ending was one that I didn't see coming. All in all this was very worth reading - and now that I am done, I will put it with the 'keeper' books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you guessing until the very end. Here is the basic plot: Kate Chandler is trying to find out what happened to her brother. He disappeared while transporting the `seven sins' (seven blue sapphires). The FBI won't listen to her and think she is a nut job. Kate runs into FBI SA Sam Groves while she is trying to track down the sapphires. He believes her story. When people start dieing he realizes that if no one keeps Kate safe she will soon be dead. This book was a GREAT read. I had to back up in the beginning because I forgot who was who. So pay careful attention in the first few chapters, don't read too fast like I did. This book has great suspense and a wonderful relationship between Sam and Kate, you will want to give Sam a big hug yourself at the end. What a great hero. As the book nears the end you'll think you have figured out who the killers are, but just wait. I gasped out loud when the book finally revealed the real leader. Ann Maxwell (Elizabeth Lowell) had delivered, yet again, a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Glendale, Arizona, gem cutter Kate Chandler is ecstatic because collector Arthur McCloud hired her to cut the Seven Sins sapphires. Her brother Lee Mandel delivers the gems to its owner, but in Florida he vanishes. Kate is frantic, but the police believe that Lee absconded with the goods and a girlfriend to the Caribbean. Kate disagrees if for no other reason than her sibling was in love with Norm Gallagher and wo.uld never desert his mate................................... Five months later, Kate continues to search for her brother while attending gem shows to see if she can find the Seven Sins. Undercover FBI Agent Sam Groves sees Kate pull a switch at a Phoenix shows and takes her with him. As they become acquainted and he realizes how much she detests the bureau for not looking for Lee, they fall in love and begin teaming up to stop an illegal dangerous gem ring that is as smooth as Teflon and seek what happened to her brother................................... This is an entertaining FBI romance that grips readers when Sam watches Kate perform a sexy sleight of the hand. The story line keeps the audience attention as the duo fall in love, but officialdom keeps them together by ¿punishing¿ Sam. Though the perpetrator seems too coincidental and out of left field, fans will enjoy this delightful tale in which the hero faces exile to Fargo rather than accolades (excrement rolls downhill while acclaim remains in the stratosphere).......................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definately not one her best works. She can do much better.