Fade to Black

Fade to Black

by Tony Gibbs, Gibbs
     
 

From New England to the West Indies to Baja, whether as mate or master mechanic, Neal Donahoe had made a career of the sea - and cultivated a gift for communing with his nautical surroundings, while focusing his keenest attention on the immediate task at hand. As an officer of Santa Barbara's Harbor Patrol, he'll find this talent indispensable. For the three-man crew… See more details below

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From New England to the West Indies to Baja, whether as mate or master mechanic, Neal Donahoe had made a career of the sea - and cultivated a gift for communing with his nautical surroundings, while focusing his keenest attention on the immediate task at hand. As an officer of Santa Barbara's Harbor Patrol, he'll find this talent indispensable. For the three-man crew of the DEA chase boat Blue Thunder has just met a mysterious and violent end on what was supposed to be a routine bust. Then, in a burst of midnight terror, Neal's lover becomes a human inferno when a bomb hidden aboard her luxury yacht explodes. Suddenly elevated to both chief sleuth and leading suspect, Neal joins forces with Coast Guard Lt. Tory Lennox, in a partnership that will test the limits of police professionalism and civilian passion. Together Neal and Tory will track leads from the scuzziest wharf rats to southern California's most glittering elite. They'll be shanghaied into a rendezvous between the Blue Thunder killers and a drug smuggling cabal that stops at nothing. The battle lines will be drawn by the assembled firepower on the DEA, Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs. But the war will be won - or lost - by Neal and Tory aboard a solitary thirty-foot sailboat, on open and deadly water...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
FYI: Gibbs, senior editor of Islands magazine, is the son of famed New Yorker writer Wolcott Gibbs.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This title begins the sleuthing career of Neal Donahoe, an officer of Santa Barbara's Harbor Patrol. Soon after the disappearance of a powerful DEA boat and a subsequent yacht bombing, Neal partners with Tory Lennox of the Coast Guard to find the killers. Plenty of sailing action from the expert responsible for the Diana Speed series (Capitol Offense, LJ 12/94).
Kirkus Reviews
Nobody appreciates Wilbur Andreas. He's got the talent and the stock of paintings (also not appreciated); all he needs is an angle. For instance, muses his agent Jock Feverel, he'd be a sensation if he were a newly-blinded guest on the Making Things Right TV show, sobbing manfully about the paintings he could never add to or touch up again. While Jock is plotting with Wilbur's ex, a lovesick ophthalmologist, and miscellaneous hangers-on around the Santa Barbara harbor—one of whom, inevitably, will end up in Davy Jones's locker—to fake an accident that'll leave Wilbur conveniently blind, there's more trouble brewing. Acting Harbormaster Neal Donahue (Shot in the Dark, 1996) has been ordered to evict crazy preacher Erling Halvorsen and his children from their floating tenement, the Prophet Jonah, but Neal's bosom buddy, Coast Guard Lt. Tory Lennox, has come to Halvorsen's defense with all flags flying, opening a rift between herself and Neal and fueling a dangerous gleam in Halvorsen's eye. By the time the TV folks come sniffing after Jock's bait, it's a toss-up who's going to be the most dangerous: Jock's menacing new self-appointed silent partner in the painting scam; loony Halvorsen, who seems bent on reenacting the sacrifice of Isaac; or Rebecca Jardine, the eager, athletic assistant producer of Making Things Right, whose presence can only make things worse.

A lightweight tale, built for speed, that ought to come packaged with a beach blanket. Gibbs saves his trademark sailing scenes for last, but they're well worth the wait.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892966035
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Series:
Neal Donahoe & Tory Lennox Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.11(d)

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