Sunday, April 3, 2016


Ellen Crosby's Multiple Exposure should especially appeal to the visually oriented reader.

Crosby wraps her well-plotted story in detailed descriptions.

News photographer Sophie Medina comes home from a war zone. She finds her London apartment drenched in her missing husband's blood. She sets out to find out what happened to him, to learn if he is still alive.

Sophie's husband Nick is an undercover CIA agent who works for a now-defunct oil company. The company may have found sweet crude oil in Abadistan, a dangerous Russian protectorate. Authorities suspect Nick of staging his own murder, killing the president of the company, and stealing the geological surveys of the oil find.

Sophie moves back to Washington DC to search for Nick. She signs on to take pictures of the parties celebrating the discovery of two unknown Fabergé imperial eggs. Her job leads her to a series of dangerous connections that, in turn, help her find out what happed to her missing husband.

Crosby fills the story with suspense and action, but she also fills it with word pictures. Those word pictures intrigued me most.

Her description of one small part of DC's Meridian Hill Park is one of many examples--

"Its centerpiece was a dramatic waterfall of thirteen linked basins that cascaded down a steep slope. Symmetrical staircases of honey-colored stone flaked the waterfall and led to a grand terrace on the upper level. the lower level was dominated by an enormous reflecting pool whose waters caught the swirling greens of the oak trees that anchored each corner of the brilliant blue of the cloudless sky."

If you are looking for a story where the writer's style fits the subject, Ellen Crosby's Multiple Exposure might be the book for you.

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