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Mosaic Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

A punchy prologue to this disappointing romantic thriller pits ex-spy Sam Keeline, psychosomatically blind concert pianist Julia Redmond Austrian, and her peppery grandfather, Lyle Redmond, against her wealthy, wicked Redmond uncles. The plot coils around the final four days of Uncle Creighton's race for the U.S. presidency, during which Julia suddenly regains her sight but loses it again after witnessing a horrendous crime. Two mysteries are buried in the heart of this overcomplicated story: What originally caused Julia's blindness? And what happened to Russia's famed Amber Room, a treasure from the Winter Palace that disappeared from a Nazi train at the end of WWII and for which Sam, Julia's love interest, has long searched? Lynds (Masquerade) writes splendid action scenes, but though she expertly rides the roller coaster of Julia's alternately blind and seeing states, the off-again on-again affliction is hard to believe. Clever twists keep the fast-paced plot going for a while, but eventually it's weighed down with too many characters and too much repetition.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Concert pianist Julia Austrian's blindness, which tends to come and go in times of stress, is only one of the mysteries woven through this second thriller from Lynds (Masquerade, LJ 12/95). Like Elizabeth Lowell's Amber Beach (Avon, 1997), the focus of the excitement is the Nazi theft of artifacts from the fabled Amber Room in one of Russia's imperial palaces at the end of World War II. With the help of Sam Keeline, a disillusioned CIA agent, Julia discovers the connection between her grandfather and the murky origins of her family's wealth. But an assassin pursues her from London to Washington, and the scandalous implications of her discoveries lead to the highest levels of government and law enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic. Though the timing of Julia's recurring blindness sometimes seems contrived, the excitement of the chase and the deviousness of both sides are satisfying. Fans of Robert Ludlum, Linda Howard, and Tami Hoag will find this an exciting read.AKim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067102406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024062
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When your bedside clock tolls three a.m. and you're still reading Lynds'MOSAIC, you almost wish for the psychological blindness that overwhelms her engaging heroine at the worst possible moments. Then you could get some sleep. No such blessing befell me. I read, bleary-eyed, until Lynds unraveled the myriad plot twists for me. Why do plot threads of murder, blackmail, fabulous World War II treasure, political skullduggery, and an attempt to steal the Presidency of the U.S. cord themselves round a beautiful concert pianist, until they're almost a hangman's noose? You'll just have to read and find out. And did I mention romance and sex?
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4 stars because Lynds was able to package the myriad of subplots into a nice neat package at the end. Very well done, but confusing in the beginning.
Protagonist Julia Austrian is a brilliant concert pianist who is mysteriously stricken with a rare psychological condition known as "conversion disorder" (explained in detail in the author's note at the conclusion of the book). She has been blind for ten years, regains her sight suddenly before a performance, only to lose it again when she witnesses her mother's brutal murder. I know this plot sounds questionable but (1) this psychological condition is very real and (2) Lynds is very talented. She makes it work beautifully without putting all of us through the wringer.
This was a terrific read. My only pet peeves...
(1) It seemed slow at the beginning. I noticed the action picked up for me about 100 or so pages into it when Julia meets Sam Keeline, a maverick CIA analyst who saves her life (in more ways than one).
(2)The many confusing subplots that are introduced in the prologue did not give me a very good first impression of this book. I felt Lynds threw too much at me at once and I was ready to put this back on the shelf for another time (I don't handle overwhelm very well!).
(3) Creighton Redmond's character seemed a bit too one-dimensional to me. His corrupted arm had a very long (Inspector Gadget-like) reach. I found it hard to believe that someone, even a politician, would act so desperately and go to such grave lengths to win an election, but hey, I suppose anything is possible...and the very talented Lynds leaves the door open to those possibilities.
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Exciting thriller. Well-designed plot, the revelations are deserved and rewarding. Has a strong heroine and a strong female villain. Though some plot elements are almost cliche, eg Nazi treasure, narrow escapes, the big themes were fresh: conversion disorder, villainous presidential campaign.
Don't mistake this one for a chick book. It's hard, violent, rigorous, and constantly interesting.
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This is the kind of thriller that many of us used to bury our faces in for a weekend when the cold war was in full swing, frosty and icy. Remember those wonderful cold war writers. Remember how their spies used to zip from merry old England to the Continent and back, oftentimes with a trip to D.C. or some third world hell hole. Remember how the bodies used to pile up as our heroes fought for truth, justice and democracy against the evil reds. Well, Gayle Lynds' MOSAIC is a thriller written in that vein. For a diehard weekend reader it's almost like the cold war is back. From start to finish, as you rush from London to Washington, to New York, to Paris with our heroine, a blind concert pianist on the run from numerous ex-CIA assassins as she desperately tries to find out who murdered her mother and why.

Her mother's brothers, a presidential candidate, a successful banker and a wealthy software developer have declared their father, a thief of NAZI treasures, incompetent so that they could use and abuse his money. The blind niece knows too much, so she has to go and that is why those assassins on her trail in this book that runneth over with action and intrigue. A stellar performance by Gayle Lynds.
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Mosaic is a very well written book. The story line is very interesting. The more you read the more you can not put it down. The story is almost spell binding. While reading the book it becomes very easy to forget whats going on around you. You are pulled deep into the story. Great suspense. Great jaw dropper.
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Mosaic is an early novel espionage thriller author Gayle Lynds. In this novel she takes several acts which initially seem to be unconnected and weave them together to tell a fast paced, exciting story of mysteries and violence. Plot Point 1: an old man has been put into a high security retirement home where he has been deemed insane and unfit to manage his massive fortune. He blames his sons. Plot Point 2: Creighton Redmond, a retired Supreme Court Justice, is running for President of the United States and is engaged in an illegal scheme to discredit his opponent. He does so with the best intentions, honestly feeling that he would be an excellent President. And his family would gain even more wealth and power. Plot Point 3: Julia Austrian is a world class pianist. She is blind (not from birth) and regains her sight in time to see her mother murdered in front of her during a robbery attempt and she sees the killer's face. Then she loses her sight again. The investigator at Scotland Yard is blackmailed to cover up the investigation. Plot Point 4: CIA agent Sam Keeline is in the bad graces of his Deputy Chief of Intelligence Vince Redmond and when Redmond intercepts a letter sent to Keeline claiming it contains classified information, Keeline is suspicious. Not knowing about any of the other plot points he starts a different investigation about the famed Amber Room (a treasure lost during the Nazi Era) which leads him to Julia Austrian.

Lynds weaves all of these plot points together so that they are all connected and intertwined and runs the story from there in directions I certainly did not expect. There are a couple of points that come up that feel fairly standard (romance, anyone?), but Lynds tells the story well.
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