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3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  380 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"Explosive, extraordinary...The reader is left limp!"
The deadliest secret assassin to ever roam the globe. Now, crack reporters Frank O'Hara and Eliza Gunn are hot on his trail. To unmask him, they untangle a many-colored web of espionage and computer intrigueamid the tantalizing Oriental arts of love and death....
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Published June 1st 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1981)
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Mar 20, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
I guess I prefer a straight forward murder to espionage thrillers since I am a simple soul who likes to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Nobody wears black and white hats in the espionage game full of double (triple? quadruple?) agents. This is a book that needs to be read twice to fully understand what's gone on here. For most of the book many characters float around doing their thing, and they do not connect to complete the puzzle until the end. I admire the authors skill but trying to ke ...more
Jul 25, 2010 Patty rated it liked it
This is an older suspense novel...before cell phones, but it was still really good. It was a little complicated and I had to flip back to the beginning occasionally so I could figure out what was going on.
Oct 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: reporter, action, thriller
Thriller - Investigative reporter Frank O'Hara, who grew up in Japan, is recruited by news baron Charles Howe to uncover the Japanese based kill for hire group headed by the mysterious Chameleon.
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Feb 02, 2016 Andrew Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diehl's books are really good, but sometimes so steeped in Japanese culture/history that I find them difficult to read. This one however, was great. Primal Fear of his is one of my all time favorites
Jun 10, 2014 Roland rated it liked it
too long
I did not like this at all. It was very 80's. It reminded me a bit of Sidney Sheldon.
Jan 06, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
This is really more of an espionage novel than a mystery novel but it's a good story. A deadly assassin is working around the world and reporters Frank O'Hara and Eliza Gunn are on his trail. Their search takes them around the world and in touch with the major killers of the day.
London Steverson
Apr 10, 2010 London Steverson rated it really liked it
A well written book of international intreague, martial arts mahem, and political vandettas. The fighting scenes are recounted with extreme precision. The plot is a riddle, inside a puzzle wrapped in an enigma.
Jul 09, 2012 Ciiku rated it liked it
This was one complicated storyline, I struggled to finish the book.Half the time, I had no idea what was going on. Somehow espionage books are just not doing it for me.
May 06, 2010 Chuck rated it liked it
An international conspiracy of corporate terrorism and murder for profit.
Jan 23, 2016 Knitwit marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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William Diehl was an American novelist and photojournalist.

Diehl was fifty years old and already a successful photographer and journalist when he decided to begin a writing career. His first novel, Sharky's Machine, which became a movie by the same name was directed by and starred Burt Reynolds. Diehl saw the movie shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

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