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An Absence of Light [Paperback]

David Lindsey
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April 1 1995
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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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 Carre, Lindsey (Body of Truth, LJ 4/1/92) is a master of articulate, involving suspense. Highly recommended.
--Susan Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the least bit memorable Nov. 22 2000
Now that I am finished with this novel and have moved on to my next read, I am having a hard time remembering much about David Lindsey's "An Absence of Light". Being a big fan of concise writing styles, such as Michael Crichton and Greg Iles, I found Lindsey's overly descriptive style distracting, particularly since the prose was often irrelevant to the action. If you are a fan of very wordy authors, I would direct you to someone like a Pat Conroy (of Prince of Tides fame), who despite being extremely descriptive and downright wordy, does it extremely well.
I wouldn't describe it as a bad book or a horrible read, just an extremely ambivalent one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good work Nov. 9 2000
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I enbjoyed this book and felt it stimulating! I was very moved by the authors work! It rates up there as agood one....almost as good as "Going Too Far", by that great up and coming author Steven Gardner
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book cuts like an AX!!! - Awesome June 26 1998
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Reading this book reminds me of my childhood dreams in Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No absense of thrills and suspense Jan. 3 1998
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Marcus Graver has his hands full from the very beginning in this international intrigue thriller. Exceptionally well written. You buy into the day by day action and worries of our detective Graver. Very readable and almost impossible to put down. Buy it, read it, enjoy!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Lindsey Light May 2 2005
By Shannon Deason - Published on
This book is classic Lindsey, it's fast paced and a taunt thriller. I am a huge fan of his work and even though, I would not say this is his best work, it is still better than the best work of Cornwell or Connelly. David Lindsey is a master of the thriller, I know of no writer today who can pace a thriller better than Lindsey, I can assure you that if you read this book you will want to read all his other books, he is consistantly good, which is notable for a writer of thrillers. I have read all of his books and periodically go back and reread them. I enjoy most of Patrica Cornwell's Scarpetta books and I like Grisham and Connelly, but Lindsey is in another league altogether. If you love the thriller and relish great writing then you will not be disappointed in this book. Though I recommend all of Mr. Lindsey's books, my favorites are A Cold Mind, Mercy, Requiem for a Glass Heart, In the Lake of the Moon, and Face of the Assassin.
4.0 out of 5 stars Spy Crime Literature April 17 2014
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David Lindsey is at his literary best, with his command of all the basics (plot, dialog, character development, etc.) but with that added touch of true high level literary talent.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Story Sept. 18 2013
By Guy Allen - Published on
This is an excellent story, well written with a strong plot. The protagonist, Marcus Graver, is fully developed and totally believable. The twist ending was a bit predictable, but the build-up to the final scenes was well crafted. The workings of a big city police force are clear, and the paranoia associated with the discovery of criminal activities within their ranks definately adds a dimension to the minor characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars like all david lindsey books..... Feb. 8 2013
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this is a decent thriller , at this point i don't have a favorite
maybe not a household name in the thriller genre , but should be
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