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A Cold Mind Paperback – August 1, 1994

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Stuart Haydon Series

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A psychopath stalks expensive call girls in this tense psychological thriller from the author of Mercy.
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553560816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553560817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this when it first appeared in paperback. I wanted to read it again to reacquaint myself with this author but it was not available in Kindle. The used paperback was in vey good condition, I look forward to re-reading it and adding to my library. I will probably add some of the newer books in the Kindle format.
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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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Amazon sucks by starting out with question 1 being predictable in trying to force feed my review. a very good story in which the writer was able to make me see the place the action was happening how dumb must the readers be to have to be given such words as are supplied in questions 1,2,3,&4?
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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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Lindsey presents us with a rather unique homicide detective as his main character in this mystery filled with murders, slave traders and psychological quandaries. The primary male character, Haydon, is a brilliant detective who walks the line between sane and insane. The elaborate, unique methods used by the killer made this mystery different than the normal thriller. Very creative.
The descriptions of the setting as well as his numerous characters bring the reader right into the story. Lindsey helps us explore the full range of the human psychic, which the reader will find thought provoking.
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