By day, Harper Cole works as a commodities trader...and at night he leads quite a different life, serving as a systems operator for an exclusive erotic on-line service that caters to the rich and famous. But a stranger has now penetrated the network's state-of-the-art security, brutally murdering six celebrated female clients. Falsely accused of these horrible crimes, Harper realizes he must lure an elusive madman into the open-and place everything he holds dear directly in the killer's path!
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.) -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Should be a free book
Posted April 10, 2010 by Poppy , BillingsI just bought this book and it's very difficult to read. There is very little punctuation, what there is is wrong and too many words run together. I read the review about the formatting problem but I was hoping it had been fixed. Very disappointed.
2 . Impossible to read
Posted February 18, 2010 by Sue Beerman , South BostonI was unable to read this book because it was not formatted properly. It has been three weeks since I started soliciting help from Sony customer support. They promise they will fix it, yet they do nothing. To add insult to injury, they will not give a refund when their ebooks are improperly formatted. I even wrote to the author, hoping he would have his people contact Sony to fix the problem. I guess neither the author nor the Sony ebook people think this book is worth reading.
3 . Great Book!
Posted March 21, 2009 by Misty , EdmondThis book is a must read! It was hard to put down, Iles is an amazing author!
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Excerpt from Mortal Fear by Greg Iles
Life is simple.
The more complicated you believe yours is, the less you know of your true condition.
For a long time I did not understand this.
Now I do.
You are hungry or you are full. You are healthy or you are sick. You are faithful to your wife or you are not. You are alive or you are dead.
I am alive.
We complain about complexity, about moral shades of gray, but we take refuge in these things. Complexity offers refuge from choice, and thus from action. In most situations, most of us would prefer to do nothing.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Something is wrong.
I stare at the phone number of the New Orleans police department, which I have just taken down from directory assistance.
I have known something is wrong for some time, at some level, but it took what happened today to make me face it squarely. To override the opposition.
"I have information about the Karin Wheat murder," I say when the call goes through.
"I'll connect you to Homicide," says a female voice.
I glance up from my desk to the small color television I keep tuned to CNN sixteen hours a day. They're into the International Hour. It was CNN that brought me news of the murder.
"Detective Mozingo," says a male voice.