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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553560816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553560817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A psychopath stalks expensive call girls in this tense psychological thriller from the author of Mercy.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"One of the scariest books I've ever read...The plot is scary, the enterprise that sets the plot in motion is scary, and the murderer is scariest of all."--The Washington Post

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David Lindsey has published 14 novels in the mystery, thriller, suspense, and spy genres. He began his writing career in 1983 by publishing two mystery novels in the same year. One of those novels, "A Cold Mind" featuring Houston homicide detective, Stuart Haydon, has been called by reviewers "one of the best suspense novels of all time"; and "a classic of the genre." Lindsey began working closely with the Houston Homicide Division for his research, and by the late 1980s Lindsey had written four Haydon novels.

In 1988 he changed directions and began extensive research for a novel that would become one of the first to be published about a then new criminal phenomenon, the serial killer. Published in 1990, "Mercy" became an international bestseller. In 1992 the German television network Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), featured Lindsey in an hour-long special program in their "Literature and Culture" series. "Mercy" was optioned for a feature film production, and remained under option for over a decade before it was finally filmed and premiered on HBO in April 2000.

In 1992 "Body of Truth", the fifth and last novel to feature Stuart Haydon, was published and won Germany's Bochumer Krimi Archiv award for the best suspense novel of the year. Lindsey turned to international settings with "Requiem for a Glass Heart" (1996) and "The Color of Night" (1999). The first novel dealt with international crime, while the second was set in the world of spies and international intelligence. "The Rules of Silence", Lindsey's twelfth novel was published in 2003, and was the first to be set in his home city, Austin. It was immediately bought outright by Universal Studios for a feature film production.

After publishing his thirteenth novel, Lindsey spent the next several years pursuing two large teleplay projects before his curiosity brought him back to novels in 2007. He began researching the astonishing rise of the government's outsourcing of national intelligence. Silently, and out of sight, privatized spying had become a multi-billion dollar industry in the years following 9/11. The industry's growth has been so explosive that private contractors now command over 70% of the nation's entire intelligence budget. Some of the corporations have become information industry giants with government contracts in the billions of dollars annually.

Lindsey thought this subject was tailor-made for long form fiction, but he soon realized that the story he wanted to tell was too large to be encompassed in a single volume. In 2011 Lindsey, writing under the pseudonym Paul Harper, published "Pacific Heights", the first volume in a serial novel featuring former intelligence officer Marten Fane. "Sorrow's Spy", the second volume in the Marten Fane Story serial novel will be published in 2012.

Lindsey researches and writes his novels in his library, which is adjacent to his home in Austin, Texas.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lindsay was a new author to us, recommended by a computer application that claimed "if you like this, you might like that." Since we tend to be keen on series characters, we decided to try "Cold Mind" (we think his second novel, pub. 1983), the author's first in a five-book Houston-based homicide detective Stuart Haydon set. Haydon happens to be independently wealthy, yet is still a workaholic that pursues his cases with passion. The plot echoes a favorite theme in murder mysteries: somebody is offing high class call girls, so before long we're embroiled in a world where someone seems to be "importing" potential prostitutes and converting them Pygmalion-style into expensive assets. Haydon has some cop and medical examiner buddies who help him out, and despite a very unusual actual cause of death, they gradually zero in on the solution.

Lindsay has some fourteen published novels, so he must have a reasonable fan base. Unfortunately, we found the book somewhat ordinary - we weren't really that enamored of the Haydon character; and other than the unique manner of the actual killings, there was little to excite us as the police ever so gradually grind in on the murderer. Late in the book the perpetrator was identified for us readers, which served to derail much of the suspense - and we did find out the "how" but never the "why". So while the story offered some degree of entertainment value, we can find plenty of similar efforts in this genre that offer more fun, more intrigue, and more satisfaction.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book opened my eyes to virology. I have never read a book that totally sucked me in. I actually read it in a few hours, I couldn't put it down for anything. I recommend it to everyone and have had to buy about 5 copies because people I lend it to won't give it back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yeomama on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this first many years ago, and need to order more copies. I have loaned out (e.g., given away) every copy I had. It is on my "keepers" list of books to go back every year or two to re-read. The first time I read it, it left me speechless!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Tichy on August 28, 2011
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I still remember the thrill I got reading this particular book about twenty years ago. This is the David Lindsey book I will always think of first.
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