James Wing told himself he was only trying to help his friend's widow when he warned Kat Hubble that the beautiful bay she and her neighbors had struggled to save was going to be sold to developers. He knew he shouldn't have told her anything. He was a reporter, trained to reveal nothing. But he was falling in love with her. Now the developers have set their sights on Kat Hubble, and they'll do anything, use anyone, to stop her from interfering in their plans . . . .
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful: Color of Money, June 12, 2002 Reviewer: sweetmolly from RICHMOND, VA USA This is pre-Travis, early MacDonald. Jimmy Wing, a reporter for a small Florida daily has foreknowledge that beautiful Grassy Bay is about to be dredged by developers into a commercial/housing development. It just needs to be passed by the Board of Commissioners. This battle has been fought two years ago and defeated by the altruistic Save Our Bay organization. But this time, it isn?t a wicked outside developers; it is a local consortium, and things look bleak for the S.O.B. contingent. Jimmy spills the beans to young widow Kat Hubble who is all things demure and honorable. Just exactly why Jimmy does this or why he has a serious case of the lusts for this lady is unclear. Jimmy is sucked into spying for the local power structure headed by delightful old rascal, Elmo Bliss. I was so taken with Elmo; I was almost rooting for him in spite of his very non-correct environmental stance. Elmo was one of the few whose motives were pure; he wanted power and went after it. Maybe he went a mite overboard, but you always knew what he was about. The Save Our Bay people were persecuted, blackmailed and put to rout. Those left standing were sadder and wiser. The story is a slow starter, and creaks here and there, but MacDonald puts in a lot of work on the characterizations, particularly Jimmy. I saw a few stirrings of a pre-Travis McGee in Jimmy particularly in the latter chapters. Motivation was seriously lacking. Much of the time, the characters were not acting in their own best interests, but we are never satisfactorily told why. MacDonald does shade the opposing groups well; they all have their share of vices as well as some virtues. My biggest problem was I could not work up enough enthusiasm to care very much about the outcome. Grade C.