Clay Harvey A Whisper of Black

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A Whisper of Black

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9780399142321: A Whisper of Black

In the sequel to A Flash of Red, former special operative Tyler Vance hopes to return to a quiet retirement with his family, but millions of dollars from illegal gun deals are still floating around, and Vance finds himself charged with getting back the money.

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Another bromidic round of far-fetched roughhouse in the North Carolina wild with Tyler Vance, the irritatingly righteous star of Harvey's debut (A Flash of Red, 1996). When last heard from, widower Ty had bested a band of Bosnian brigands bent on running heavy-duty ordnance back to the old country from a base inconveniently close to the Vance family homestead outside Greensboro. This time, a couple of Serbs who survived the carnage accost the freelance writer (whose stock in trade is small arms) in the backwoods where he's testing a brace of new pistols. The Balkan bravos, who hold Ty responsible for the disappearance of a seven-figure bankroll, demand their money and warn him that his kin may be in danger from Hector Diaz, a Mexican druglord whose cousin was slain in the earlier shootout. Ty (who sermonizes incessantly on subjects ranging from down-home values to taxation) plays along for safety's sake. With a little help from redneck friends and the commanding officer of a special forces unit at Fort Bragg, Ty (on the outs with local law-enforcement agencies) saves son Cullen and dad Odie from attempts on their lives. One of the would-be killers escapes--an ex-CIA operative named Harmony Cahill--but this essentially good-hearted assassin subsequently joins forces with Ty. Ty, meanwhile, finds a way to lure Diaz north of the border. Before he can arrange a showdown with his principal adversary, however, he must gun down four of the vengeful Mexican's advance men at close quarters in an open field. He does so with commendable efficiency and goes into his mano a mano with Diaz somewhat the worse for wear. Fortunately, Harmony is there at the close to keep him alive. Harvey can be a expert hand at violent action, but such scenes can't redeem a creaky and improbable narrative featuring a cocksure, thoroughly unlikable protagonist. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

It may not be the Christmas season Tyler Vance had in mind, but it's the one he gets in Harvey's sequel to his debut thriller, A Flash of Red. The story picks up six months after Vance broke up a multimillion-dollar gun deal and retired as a special operative to devote himself to parenting and outdoors writing. His new career has to wait, however, when, just before Christmas, he learns that the $2 million involved in the deal and belonging to a group of angry Bosnian Muslims is actually in Mexico, in the hands of Hector Diaz, who supposedly died when the deal went bust. The Bosnian Muslims want their money back. To get, it, Vance joins forces with the enemy, including convict Ralph Gonzales and the formidable assassin Harmony Cahill. In a neat and efficient double cross, Gonzales and Vance deceive Diaz into crossing the border for a bogus drug deal while Cahill, hired for a hit on the entire Vance family, deals with Vance for her share of the booty. Some exciting action sequences (including one in which Cahill storms Cullen Vance's elementary school) pump up the sketchy plot, which is bolstered by details of the single parent's life and some strong secondary characters. There's not too much originality on display here, and Vance's narration can be awkward ("my cranium was filled to overflowing with worry and concern"), but Harvey tells his tale swiftly and manages to resolve it in time for a warm and fuzzy Christmas Eve finale.
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