Cast a Yellow Shadow by Ross Thomas

Cast a Yellow Shadow by Ross Thomas

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An old friend draws barman Mac McCorkle into a deadly international game

As the saying goes, you can’t pick your friends. If you could, Mac McCorkle would disown Padilla. They owned a bar together in Bonn, the West German capital, and stayed partners even after Padilla’s sideline as a CIA operative got the bar blown up. Padilla was thought to be dead and erased from the CIA’s files—but now he’s back on the agency’s turf.

Mac moved to Washington, DC, after the trouble in Bonn to get married and open his bar anew. His new bride is beautiful, the bar is a success, and Padilla’s reappearance threatens everything. A group of African terrorists want Padilla to assassinate the prime minister of their small sub-Saharan republic—and they’ve kidnapped Mac’s wife to use as leverage.


“Ross Thomas is without peer in American suspense.” — The Los Angeles Times

“What Elmore Leonard does for crime in the streets, Ross Thomas does for crime in the suites.” —The Village Voice

“Ross Thomas is that rare phenomenon, a writer of suspense whose novels can be read with pleasure more than once.” —Eric Ambler, author of The Mask of Dimitrios

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