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Double Image

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  519 ratings  ·  26 reviews
He has walked through the valley of death and man's depravity. Now warphotographer Mitch Coltrane is trying to escape his memories. As heloses himself in a world of art and obsession in L.A., a hauntingphotograph of a woman pulls him into the mystery of a beautiful starletduring Hollywood's golden age. But past and present are about tocollide. A living woman, eerily like t...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 1st 1998)
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Daniel Peter Kincaid
David Morrell is my favorite author of all times. Whether it's the clever, complex yet simple plotting, the wonderful characters... he is, to me, a genius bar-none.

DI was the first book I have ever read from Morrell when I was 17, and I couldn't put it down for one second (so much so, i've finished it in two nights). The characters, positive or negatives, are real, human, flawed. You can relate to them, especially to the main characters. Their psychology is wonderfully explored throughout this...more
Goran Markov
Although, David Morrell is a bestseller writer and is considered as one of the best thriller writers today, this book is one big bite that is a little harder to chew. Let alone swallow. Morrell tried to combine two stories into one, well...not actually combine since they are not parallel but linear, and even though it is very well written, after you close the book for the last time, you are left with a little more than pure entertainment. I agree that entertainment (no, not the Hollywood type) i...more
Oct 17, 2011 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fiction and thriller fans
It is hard to really categorize this story: partially a military thriller, partially a psychological thriller, and partially a love story.

Photographer Mitch Coltrane, the protagonist, comes back from the Bosnian war determined to change the types of things he photographs and focus on beauty and hope rather than violence. In the process he meets one of his heroes, a dying art photographer.

While dealing with a terrorist from his Bosnian experience, he also discovers a number of photos of a very b...more

Oddly constructed but lots of great action

No one, and I mean no one in modern fiction does a better job of creating the "man on the run" story line than David Morrell. He creates tension and paranoia in his stories that make the reader turn the page. This story is no different in that respect. But, it does have a horrible flaw.

Double Image features photographer Mitch Coltrane. He mostly does news photography but is also quite the talented artistic photographer. When the story starts, Coltrane i...more
He has walked through the valley of death and man's depravity. Now war photographer Mitch Coltrane is trying to escape his memories. As he loses himself in a world of art and obsession in L.A., a haunting photograph of a woman pulls him into the mystery of a beautiful starlet during Hollywood's golden age. But past and present are about to collide. A living woman, eerily like the woman in his photograph, comes into his life. So does a killer--straight from the hell that Coltrane survived. Decept...more
This book starts with Coltrane's job and emphasizes how he had lived in danger because of his photos. And then he slowly gets involved with a woman who looks like the one in the pictures that he discovered hidden. Just when he thought he killed the most dangerous person in his life, another one arrives.

It's really slow paced because Morrell is very descriptive. But I didn't expect the ending at all. In the middle, I was thinking, "Oh, that is so predictable." And when I found out that it was tru...more
Debbie Robson
I normally don't read "action" books but I recently read Morrell's book on writing and thought it excellent. He also referred to this book and the references to photography intrigued me. Although I enjoyed Double Image I'm stll left with the feeling that this is really two books cobbled together and they should have been left to stand alone.
Having said that I enjoyed the storyline concerning the elderly photographer and his famous photographs of Los Angeles homes in the Thirties. I also feel tha...more
This was my first David Morrell book and I really enjoyed it. A lot of people who didn't like it seem to have compared it to his other books. Since I have not ready any others, I had no expectations. The book contains two somewhat unrelated plots, but they were both very exciting and I understand why they are together in one book. I never want to put the book down, read a lot of it with a flashlight in bed while my husband slept and was bummed out any time regular life got in the way of my readi...more
Lynn Hutchinson
Most unbelievable book I have ever read! Wouldn't want to try any more of his!
I wanted to read one of Morrell's earlier books as he's the featured author hosting Thrill Fest this summer in New York. I love the way he enters the story slowly, and gradually builds the suspense in a seamless fashion. While the plot details are dated to international current events occuring decades ago, the characters and elements of suspense are timeless.
OK, gets a little slow in the middle. The Ilkovic character dieing in the middle was a total surprise. The story had to be started again there. It was almost like reading two books. I liked the Tash story later in the book, but it was weird having to mostly unrelated stories in one book. I guess that is part of the DOUBLE image.
....and one half. An excellent mystery!
I read this book years ago and its been driving me crazy to remember the title. Can't believe it just snapped into my head while pouring a cup of tea! I want to read it again and see if its as good as I recall.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Photographer tries to find woman in photographs left in his basement, after dispatching a terrorist who he took pictures of as he killed people. Like two books, with very little connection.
One of Morrell's weaker books. It seemed like it was in bad need of an editor, and was cliche'd.
The book started out well, but it went down hill quickly--just entertainment.
Tuesday's Child
Morrell is such a good writer.The story grips you all the way through
Past meets present with terrifying results.
got a bit scary near the end
Beth A
Good, not great thriller.
great story
Matt marked it as to-read
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.
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