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Double Image

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  728 Ratings  ·  44 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 January 1st 1998)
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Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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this one's the real thing

p503: "not yet !" tash(view spoiler) said.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Most (that's "most") of David Morrell's books are what I'd call good to excellent. Like everyone he has a false note how and then, it happens to the best. Of course we actually don't all agree on which of his books ARE the false notes.

Anyway...this isn't one of the false notes, it is however a little different from Morrell's usual fare. Most of his books are excellent action thrillers. First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity Of The Stone and others are fast moving, involving act
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written but oddly disjointed plot. It almost seems like the author had two shorter novella-length stories that he combined into one because his editor wanted just one long book. I liked the first part (Serbian war criminal) better than the second part (femme fatale). The second part read like the plot of Basic Instinct, which had been released a few years before this book was published. I saw the "twist" way before the end. I was actually hoping the woman in the second part of the novel w ...more
Morrell most often known as the Rambo author has written a somewhat ponderous mystery.
Reminiscent of a Chandler story, it's simultaneously too long & not developed enough to warrant the length.
Still a good read with interesting insights into professional photography.
Daniel Kincaid
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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
Nick Davies
DNF - I gave up on this book what felt like it should be half way through (because the pace up till then had been rapid, so much happening in the first couple of hundred pages) but was closer to a quarter-way. Having not really enjoyed the first part of the book, a sneaky peek at other readers reviews of this persuaded me that the problems I was having getting on with the book would not improve, and that it wasn't worth persisting.

What felt like a quick-moving thriller ended up feeling more 'rus
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
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Frank McAdam
No doubt about it, Morrell writes solid action-packed thrillers with enough twists in plot to keep the reader guessing and turning the pages. There are actually two separate stories in this book, though, piggy backed one on top of the other. I think that breaks up the narrative flow to a certain extent - especially when the reader comes to the conclusion of the first episode and realizes he still has half the book left to read - but it's not a fatal flaw. Still, I would have preferred if the aut ...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
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
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coltrane is a photographer who is questioning his life and finds himself embroiled in 2 struggles to save his life. Dragan Ilkovic has revenge on his mind while Coltrane has become obsessed by all things Packard. His admiration for Packard's brilliance in photography and the obsession about the mystery woman who's photos he finds in Packards vault lead him into a world where nothing is as it seems. He has walked into a nightmare. Dragan is evil but he must face something equally evil before this ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria Gabriella
As many others said, it felt like two stories put together, one more plausible than the other. I guess it is a matter of taste, but I found most of the second story pretty unrealistic...yes, ok, it's fiction, but this is a bit too much to be believed! Entertaining at times, cliffhangers galore, but I wouldn't read another book by this author. I have a long list of books to be read, and if easy reading, at least I would like to be captured by the story. This didn't happen with this book.
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imported
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.
Karen Lancaster
Brilliant pace kept me racing through the story, however I found it a little ridiculous that two such dramatic events could happen to one man in such a short space of time. Great suspense that terrified me and I had to keep reading. All in all an entertaining read. I'll try another David Morell book
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was started with a stalking war criminal and ended with a crazy woman and love story. There was some excellent intrigue but the basic plot being so disjointed let it down. Wouldn't recommend it.
Robert Enzenauer
WOW!!!! This book is different from other David Morrell's books I have read in the past. Excellent plot twists. Pace is very quick. Hard to put down. So, don't start if you have something mundane like a job. Save it for an entire weekend.
Joe O'Connor
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.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a fast, easy, entertaining read, and this book delivered. I liked how I thought I knew where things were going, and then I was way off. The ending was a bit much, but overall it was good.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent book. Felt more like two good stories than one cohesive unit. Timing and pacing between the first half and the second just seemed "off."
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Lynn Hutchinson
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most unbelievable book I have ever read! Wouldn't want to try any more of his!
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great read very interesting and lots of twists
got a bit scary near the end
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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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