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Mortal Fear


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Greg Iles is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.


Yet another serial killer stalks the Internet, this one courtesy of the talented Iles (Black Cross; Spandau Phoenix). When futures trader Harper Cole, who moonlights as the systems operator of an erotic online services called EROS, contacts the New Orleans police with information about the murder of celebrated author-and EROS subscriber-Karin Wheat, he immediately becomes the prime suspect in six other murders of EROS subscribers across the country. Also on the FBI's short list is Cole's eccentric friend and EROS colleague Miles Turner, who has dubbed the killer "Brahma." When Cole learns that the man he thought was Brahma was killed a year ago and that his online identity was stolen, a tense cat-and-mouse game commences. Professional hunters, like FBI psychiatric profiler Arthur Lenz, have the online tables turned on them time and again by an insanely brilliant murderer, and it's up to Cole to render justice. His digging leads to an exciting payoff when he goes online and poses as a potential victim, using as bait a secret that endangers the mother of his child, as well as his wife. While Cole's obsession over this guilty secret makes him less than likable at times, a nailbiting climax erases any doubts about his character-and any lingering questioning about the storytelling abilities of Iles, who here uses rich first-person narration and clever plotting to tell a sizzler of a thriller. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection; simultaneous Penguin Audio Book. (Feb.)

When Harper Cole, a commodities trader operating out of his Mississippi farm, takes a second job at the suggestion of a boyhood friend, he expects only distraction from his strained marriage to Drew, a physician. But EROS, an exclusive online service allowing very intelligent customers to trade sexual fantasies, provides some unwanted thrills when six female clients go missing. Harper, a suspect himself, joins with a New Orleans homicide detective, an FBI agent, and a psychiatrist to track down one of the sickest and most clever villains imaginable. Iles provides enough red herrings to create suspicion about almost every major character. The protagonists are much more fully drawn than usual in this genre, and their individuality is aided by Richard Ferrone's expert reading. Highly recommended for thriller collections.‘Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York

"An exuberant, relentlessly readable thriller with a high degree of stay-up-all night suspense."--Kirkus Reviews "The talented Iles uses rich first-person narration and clever plotting to tell a sizzler of a thriller."--Publishers Weekly

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