Book Reviews of The Magician's Tale (Kay Farrow, Bk 1)

The Magician's Tale (Kay Farrow, Bk 1)
The Magician's Tale - Kay Farrow, Bk 1
Author: David Hunt
ISBN-13: 9780425164822
ISBN-10: 0425164829
Publication Date: 9/1/1998
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Magician's Tale (Kay Farrow, Bk 1) on + 121 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
What an odd book! But what an author for Prose! So well written, tight interesting sentences and lovely descriptions of place. The story line goes forward in an unusual way. I suppose if I had one pause it would be the content, but even the content is handled rather well. I really enjoyed the read. Think this was this fellows first book. I will read him again, just to see if he can continue the odd but strangely interesting pace!
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Helpful Score: 4
When I started reading this book I found I couldn\'t put it down. It is about a color blind female photojournalist and the murder of a friend. She begins to look for clues through the lens of her camera only to find that her own father might possibly have a hand in the murder. Is was well written and over the story line two mysteries unfold. Keeps you guessing until the end of the book. Has mystery, suspense, thrills and even romance between the main character and a dashing dark eyed doctor that falls into her path because of the investigation. Definately a must read.
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Helpful Score: 3
"A strange seductive story...as eerie as a midnight walk in the fog," according to the NY Times Book review. It is a story of Kay Farrow, she is a photographer canvassing the seedy underworld of San Francisco. Colorblind (she can only see tones of black and white no "real" color), she is a photo journalist shooting only in black and white, her keen, talented eye makes her work unique.

This is a novel that brought the feelings and ambiance of San Francisco alive for me. I haven't lived there since the 60's but some of my strongest memories reside during that time. Author, David Hunt, brought many of them back full force. If you love San Francisco with all her good and bad this is worth reading for that alone. Then to top it off, the story held me spell-bound.

The writing is crisp and easy to read. This story kept me up later than I wanted for several evenings until I finished it. I loved it and can hardly wait to begin his second book, Trick of Light (Kay Farrow, Bk 2) (aka Trick Shot). Though I need to take a brief respite from the intensity of his story telling. As far as I can tell he hasn't written another Kay Farrow book yet.
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Helpful Score: 2
New York Times Notable book. One of the best I have read in ages. The protagonist is a photographer, totally color blind, who lives and photographs in a black and white world. The story is suspenseful and well told, though a bit brutal at times. The author knows San Francisco well and provides ample detail on both the gritty and sophisticated side of the City by the Bay. A good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
David Hunt was a "new-to-me" author.... This was a difinite 'can't-put-it-down" read. Held me to the edge of my chair until the very end. Now I'm looking for more!
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A strange seductive story .... Set in San Francisco, color blind Kay Farrow's nocturnal prowls take her through the Tenderloin district and take on a terrible purpose after the bizarre murder of a handsome street hustler who was her favorite model and only friend.
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I thought this book had a very unusual premise~ A color-blind photographer. When a young hustler she befriends is found murdered and mutilated, she's determined to find out what happened to him. The back-drop of San Francisco is like a character in this book. My first book by this author and I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent read. This is an interesting story with lots of twists and surprises.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is amazing! If you love mysteries, or, well-written books, this is for you!
Melissa
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Helpful Score: 1
David Hut delivers on this one too. It was a good book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fascinating. The main character, a photographer, has an unusual eye disease that leaves her unable to see color or stand bright light--and yet she sees all too well. This starts off as a rather straightforward story, but when it gets going, it is more twisted than you would ever have expected. Highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fast-paced mystery story about a female photographer in SF investigating the suspicious death of a street kid she had befriended.
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Color blind photographer finds beauty in San Francisco at night & the street hustlers of Russian Hill, prowling the Tenderloin District for new faces for her portfolio.
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This one is different enough to recommend to the murder mystry fan. I like the main character a lot.
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Love it!
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This book is well written and intriguing. I almost did not finish it since it is set in San Francisco and is very much into the homosexual, prostitution, cross-dressing, SM, stuff. That is just not what I want to read. I love murder mysteries and was told this was a good one. In some ways it really is. The main character is great. The story is told well. Just not my cup of tea.