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An Absence Of Light

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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.
Published (first published April 1st 1994)
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David Lindsey is a wonderful author. It was a gripping story (but did I expect anything less?)! What I enjoy about his books is that the author lives in Austin (as do I) and writes most of his books set in Houston. I grew up there, so it's like I'm going in my mind where the characters go in the book. But even if you aren't from Houston, his books are truly suspenseful!
George M.
Many years ago I read Lindsey’s Spiral in paperback and really enjoyed it; some of the action took place in Houston locations that I regularly traversed. Now equipped with a Kindle, I decided to dip into another Houston-based Lindsey offering, An Absence of Light. Lindsey writes great prose, and his description of the byzantine workings of HPD’s Criminal Intelligence Division seemed to reflect that he’d done his homework. The apparent suicide of a CID officer leads to his superior’s decision to ...more
OK, so I was listening to this as an audio book, and I was about 30 minutes out of over 16 hours from the end, and I accidentally erased it from my player. It was at that point I accepted that I didn't care enough to put it back and find my place. I think the pacing of this book was it's biggest problem. Even when the author was trying to have things happening all a once to give a sense of tension it seemed slow. I never got a sense of urgency from the book, and I never turned it off feeling anx ...more
Guy Allen
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.
Lynette Barfield
One of my favorite authors delivers a tale of a former Mossad agent turned drug dealer in Houston, Texas. He has infiltrated sections of the police department which leads to a hush, hush investigation involving a few policemen and outside investigators. This is an extremely good book with a powerful cast of characters and an excellent plot. If you haven't read David Lindsey, try this one.
Captain Marcus Graver, Chief of the Houston Police Department
Intelligence Unit, investigates the alleged suicide of one of his
investigators. Complicated, serpentine plot. Good story.
Overall an interesting plot, but there were plenty of moments when I thought the story would never pick up (especially at the beginning) even though it starts off with a newly discovered dead body.
Joe Newell
A very intelligent and intricate story. A procedural crime investigation with all the necessary ingredients for a good thriller.
There are many twists and turns in this book, keeps you guessing and pulling for the main character. The ending is surprising.
Corporate greed ferretted out by Houston CID - very good
Dec 31, 2010 Velvetink marked it as to-read
Shelves: crime-fiction
* Inherited from Mum's shelves.
Not as good as "Mercy"...
It was very long but not bad.
tcbntx001 Hardin
Another Lindsey must read
Judy Price
Just not my style.
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Lindsey spent his childhood in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in West Texas, near San Angelo. He graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in English literature and moved to Austin, Texas in 1970, where he has lived ever since.

During the 1970s, Lindsey worked as a book editor at a number of small publishing houses in Austin. At one point he operated his own publishing firm, Heidel
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