He has walked through the valley of death and man’s depravity. Now war photographer Mitch Coltrane is trying to escape his memories. A haunting decades-old photograph of a woman pulls him into the mystery of a beautiful starlet during Hollywood’s golden age. But past and present collide. A living woman, eerily like the woman in the photograph, comes into his life. So does a killer - straight from the war hell that Coltrane survived. Deception, double identities, and murderous revenge will shatter his new life, and force Coltrane to perform the ultimate act of courage - not with a camera, but with a gun.
©2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)1998 David Morrell
"A sizzling thriller that deftly and powerfully evokes the twisted scope of Los Angeles today. The story grabs you by the short hairs of your soul and your brain and does not let go. It’s a rich and obsessive novel." (James Ellroy)
"Fresh, inventive, gripping suspense. Morrell, an absolute master of the thriller, plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled. I’ve been a Morrell fan for years - and now more than ever." (Dean Koontz)
"A thrilling combination of noir and powerful action." (Donald E. Westlake)
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Yes, I too, usually love Morrell books and they generally rate a 4 star rating from me, but I could only squeeze a 2 out of the tube for this clanger. It was like Morrell, in the past, has started 2 books, an action one about atrocities in the Bosnian war conflict created by the insane mass murderer, Dragan Ilkovic and the a physiological thriller about a beautiful pathological woman in California who enjoys men fighting to the death over her. He then created the protagonist, Mitch Coltrane, a professional photographer, and let this shallow man loose in an attempt to try and tie the two plots together. It did not succeed. Adam Verner, whom I have not come across before as a narrator, did a fine job and managed to keep me from giving up before the end.
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