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The Color of Death


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Elizabeth Lowell's acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Moving Target, and Running Scared, as well as the four books featuring the Donovan family, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. Lowell has more than thirty million books in print.


When a courier for a security firm that specializes in high-end stones disappears with the Seven Sins-seven exquisite blue sapphires cut from one rough stone-his half-sister tries to discover what happened to him. Kate Chandler's first attempts at enlisting the FBI lead to dead ends, dismissive nods, and, finally, death threats. Five months later, Kate, the stonecutter of the Seven Sins, uses her expertise to track down information that the FBI won't ignore. When Special Agent Sam Groves catches her palming one of the lost gems at a jewelry expo in Arizona, Kate must convince the wild-card agent to follow his gut instincts and her knowledge to uncover the truth. Here, Lowell is in the precious commodities world that she seems to like of late (e.g., Running Scared), even if the details of stonecutting and -mining get a bit tedious. Kate and Sam are plausible and appealing; their story and its ever-attendant romance will keep readers turning the pages. Unfortunately, the rest of the crowd are right out of Central Casting-the vicious ex-military hit man, the overconfident and overbearing bureau chief, the oily jewelry dealers and their minions. Where are the charming, multilayered individuals of Lowell's earlier novels? There will be demand for this title, so be prepared, even as you wince in response. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/04.]-Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Romantic suspense is her true forte." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
." . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . ." -- Booklist on Jade Island
...a diverting read for thriller fans. -- Publishers Weekly
...a diverting read for thriller fans.--Publishers Weekly
." . .a riveting mix of suspense and romance, sure to increase Lowell's popularity."--Booklist on Pearl Cove
"Elizabeth Lowell's keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre."--Charlotte News & Observer
"Romantic suspense is her true forte."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
." . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . ."--Booklist on Jade Island
"I"ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell's name on it."--Jayne Ann Krentz
. . .a riveting mix of suspense and romance, sure to increase Lowell s popularity. --Booklist on Pearl Cove"
. . .delicious tale of romantic suspense. . . --Booklist on Jade Island"
Romantic suspense is her true forte. --Minneapolis Star Tribune"
I ll buy any book with Elizabeth Lowell s name on it. --Jayne Ann Krentz"
Elizabeth Lowell s keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre. --Charlotte News & Observer"

The theft of seven extraordinary sapphires sparks a rash of murders in this fast-moving romantic thriller by Lowell (Die in Plain Sight; Running Scared). Kate Chandler, 33, is the cutter who shapes the stones for a wealthy Florida collector; her half-brother, Lee, is the courier she chooses to deliver them. Lee is more than careful, but an hour from his destination, the gems are stolen, and he disappears. Five months later, alleging that Lee stole the gems and decamped with a blonde to a Caribbean hideaway, the FBI closes the case. Kate and Lee's lover, Norm, know better, and Kate determines to discover the truth on her own. At a gem show in Scottsdale, she sees one of the precious sapphires at a shady dealer's booth and settles "into the odious business of flirting with a man she'd rather have scraped off her shoes," which leads to a confrontation with maverick FBI agent Sam Groves. In due course, they become allies and consequently, Groves, already unpopular with Bureau brass, finds his job at stake. The reader acquires a lot of esoteric information about gems, the principals share a sense of humor and eventually a bed; when the shady dealer and his wife are mercilessly murdered, Kate receives a death threat and the circle of suspects connected to her brother's disappearance widens. This is a diverting read for thriller fans. Agent, Dominick Abel. (June 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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