Picks and Pans Review: An Absence of Light

UPDATED 08/08/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/08/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

by David Lindsey

Someone is killing the great cops of Houston. Or so thinks Marcus Graver, head of the Houston PD's Intelligence Division. One by one, the men who work for him start turning up dead. But these are not your typical cop killings; the men had been working on highly sensitive cases and died in mysterious ways. Suspecting that some very evil scheme is afoot, Graver begins investigating.

Relying on the expertise of a former CIA agent, Graver reconstructs a web of deceit and counterdeceit so complicated that readers must occasionally go back and retrace their steps. Fans of Lindsey's previous novels will recognize his fluid prose and the surprising human touch he brings to his characters, allowing even hard-boiled cops and criminals deep feelings and insights. This is a multilayered thriller that races to an explosive conclusion. (Doubleday, $23)

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