Cast a Yellow Shadow

A classic mystery featuring Padillo and Mac, from the award winning author of Ah, Treachery McCorkle returns from Germany to Washington, D.C with a beautiful wife, intending to live a quiet life as a saloon keeper in a classy neighborhood But when his old friend Mike padillo is stabbed, his wife is kidnapped, and various assassination plots and double agents surface, MA classic mystery featuring Padillo and Mac, from the award winning author of Ah, Treachery McCorkle returns from Germany to Washington, D.C with a beautiful wife, intending to live a quiet life as a saloon keeper in a classy neighborhood But when his old friend Mike padillo is stabbed, his wife is kidnapped, and various assassination plots and double agents surface, McCorkle and Padillo set off to save the day.
Cast a Yellow Shadow A classic mystery featuring Padillo and Mac from the award winning author of Ah Treachery McCorkle returns from Germany to Washington D C with a beautiful wife intending to live a quiet life as a

  • Title: Cast a Yellow Shadow
  • Author: Ross Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780445405561
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Cast a Yellow Shadow”

    1. Here’s a thriller about political assassination, and it’s a hoot from start to finish.Mac McCorkle is not your average saloon-keeper. His partner Mike Padillo — his mother was Estonian, his father Spanish — speaks “six or seven languages” fluently and has used them in dangerous undercover assignments for a mysterious and unidentified American spy agency that is not the CIA. Mac relocated to Washington, DC, after their bar and restaurant in Bonn, West Germany, was burned to the ground [...]

    2. A fairly fast-paced thriller involving a kidnapping and a planned assassination, with the day saved at the end by world-weary and self-doubting saloon owner Mac MacCorkle and his partner, occasional spy Mike Padillo. The pair were first introduced in Ross Thomas' first novel, The Cold War Swap, in which Padillo has to get a couple of defectors back from East Berlin or die trying -- and at the end, that's what apparently happens to him. But he surfaces again here, wounded but still alive, to join [...]

    3. Ross Thomas is the least sentimental or heroic of thriller writers. Here he fills this novel with spies, assassins, and government agents. All of them driven by money or career ambition (or both). Only the main characters McCorkle and Padillo are united by friendship And it's only fair to say McCorkle's love for his wife Fredl is absolutely convincing. Everyone else is willing to sell out to the highest bidder.The story is a hoot, mostly driven by dialog. The action is devastating, and over quic [...]

    4. 4 - 5 stars. I reserve 5 for truly outstanding books, so I give this one 4, which is still good.A somewhat typical (to me, so far) Ross Thomas novel where double-crosses are expected and happen often. Like the other books I've read by him, you don't know who to trust, except for the 2 main characters, McCorkle and Padilla, who are good friends.This story seems a bit less complex than some of the other ones, but it's interesting and has some good dialog, although it's a bit dated. For example, th [...]

    5. Good readGood read as appropriate today as when new luck and thought carry the day padillo is back knowing who to call

    6. Ross Thomas's second novel, a sequel to THE COLD WAR SWAP, is as compulsively readable as his other fiction. He excels in characterizations and witty dialogue. He would eventually get better at plotting. In his later novels the plots were impossible but were presented as probable. This one is possible but seems improbable. I hate to say that this is one of my least favorite of his fictions. It still gets four stars though because the writing is just so sharp. Thomas could fashion a sentence almo [...]

    7. Smart, sharp, fast thriller with Ross's perennial ex-spies reunited in Washington DC where McCorkle has opened a bar and Padillo turns up stabbed on the docks. Someone wants to hire Padillo to do a job and to ensure his co-operation they kidnap Mac's wife. To get out of this situation, they have to bring in three operators who may be more dangerous to them than the kidnappers.

    8. A breezy romp through an assassination plot, this is a nice showcase of Thomas' terse and efficient prose. Casting the narrator as defensive or even depressive should have made the matter more complicated, but the author basically diregards this.

    9. A satisfying conclusion to The Cold War Swap, with well-drawn characters, more double-crosses (and cocktails) than one can count, and incredible dialogue. Also has some excellent observations of gentrification in D.C. that are still relevant 50 years later.

    10. Just a hair away from 5 stars. A fine pair of wisecracking main characters is always appreciated as well as one fine description of mid-mod interior design. Ending was very good.

    11. Ross Thomas always writes an exciting story with so many twists and turns. Of course I liked this one. No incest this time, but that was ok too. Fun read

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