Kay Farrow, a color-blind photographer who sees the world in black, white and shades of gray, probes the mysterious death of her beloved mentor on a quest that takes her to the darkest intersections of San Francisco's Mission District.
"Eerie as a midnight walk in the fog," said The New York Times Book Review of David Hunt's The Magician's Tale, "showing us light and dark, truth and deception, reality and illusion, even good and evil, in ways we never imagined." "Hunt mesmerizes with his sleight of hand," praised People magazine, "The book's lingering spell lies in the way its heroine's perspective enables us to see, as if for the first time, her beloved city in all its chiaroscuro splendor." When distinguished photojournalist Maddy Yamada is struck by a motorcyclist at two in the morning in a seedy area far from her Marina apartment, Kay Farrow's grief is tempered by suspicion. What could have drawn the reclusive Maddy so far from home at such an hour? Kay believes Maddy's work in progress--blurry, abstract images uncharacteristic of a woman famous for her unsparing clarity of vision--holds elusive clues, clues Kay is determined to decipher. Tracing old photographs and undeveloped film discovered in one of Maddy's cameras, Kay begins to bring into focus Maddy's activities at the time of her death. The territory Kay must cover runs the back alleys of the Mission to the elite enclaves of Pacific Heights and beyond, to a very private shooting preserve miles north of the city. Lurking in her path is a netherworld of decadence and evil--and evidence that Maddy's death was no accident. Kay doggedly pursues a winding path to justice, negotiating a labyrinth of debauchery and dark desires, topping anything she encountered in the course of The Magician's Tale.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||4.06(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.13(d)|
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Debra Monk's film credits include Bulworth, Extreme Measures, and The First Wives Club. She has appeared in many Broadway productions and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Picnic.
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very deft plot, written extremely well! I wish William Bayer aka David Hunt would continue Kay's saga!! WE NEED A THIRD IN THIS SERIES MR. BAYER!!!
I really liked this book.I hope writes another to this series.I can't wait to see if he does another.
My friend gave me this book to read because I used to live in an aikido school. I'm reading now and it's OK, but I feel as though I'm watching a really poorly acted episode of Hunter (that 80's detective TV show). Everything is predictable, Kay is very annoying and she seems to luck out of extremely dangerous situations way too often. I know many women at the aikido dojo (New York Aikikai in NYC) who believe they are strong and capable of using aikido well, but realistically speaking, aikido is not a fighting art, it is more mental discipline than anything. I've yet to see any woman who is able to use aikido effectively (against a man or even another woman). The book is good if you really think of it as FICTION, because not an ounce of it feels realistic.