The New York Times No.1 bestseller Greg Iles keeps the pages turning in this 'splendidly creepy, compulsive' (Daily Telegraph) serial killer thriller. By day, Harper Cole is a successful commodities trader working from his home in the isolated Mississippi Delta. But at night he is a system operator for EROS, a sexually explicit on-line service ...
The New York Times No.1 bestseller Greg Iles keeps the pages turning in this 'splendidly creepy, compulsive' (Daily Telegraph) serial killer thriller. By day, Harper Cole is a successful commodities trader working from his home in the isolated Mississippi Delta. But at night he is a system operator for EROS, a sexually explicit on-line service that caters for the erotic appetites of an exclusive clientele. But Harper's secret life is about to be shattered when a twisted serial killer uses EROS to select and stalk his female victims. And suddenly he finds himself a prime suspect in the eyes of the FBI. In order to clear his name Harper knows he must lure the real killer into the open, and impersonating a woman online, someone he once loved, he begins to play a very dangerous game with a psychopath. A psychopath that could destroy the very fabric of Harper's world.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-12-09 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.)
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