Mortal Fear

Mortal Fear

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When the woman with whom he has been having an online affair is murdered by a serial killer specializing in female clients of EROS, an exclusive, erotic online service, Harper Cole devises a plan to impersonate his dead lover online, hoping to lead the killer out into the open. 150,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
By day, Harper Cole trades commodities from his farmhouse in the isolated Mississippi Delta. But at night, Harper serves as system operator for E.R.O.S., a highly exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service whose clients range from the glitterati of Hollywood to the literati of New York. Shielded by a guarantee of absolute anonymity, these clients pour their secrets into the digital confession box of E.R.O.S. Only "sysops" like Harper - the high priests of the system - know and see all.
When six female clients inexplicably drop off the network, Harper suspects that something is amiss. But when a world-famous New Orleans author - and E.R.O.S. client - is decapitated in her mansion, Harper breaks the code of silence and contacts the police. They are as shocked as Harper to learn that all six women have been brutally murdered, each with a different weapon, and in a different city. And each time the killer has claimed the same bizarre trophy.
Horrified to find himself the prime suspect in the murders he reported, Harper is swept into a secret manhunt led by the FBI's Investigative Support Unit. While the FBI uses the technology of the future and the psychology of the past to trap the brilliant killer, Harper realizes that he alone stands a chance of luring the elusive madman into the open.

Baker
& Taylor

When the woman with whom he has been having an online love affair is murdered by a serial killer specializing in female clients of EROS, an exclusive, erotic online service, Harper Cole devises a deadly plan to impersonate his dead lover online, hoping to lead the killer out into the open

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1997
ISBN: 9780525937920
0525937927
Characteristics: viii, 564 p. ; 24 cm

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rahmmie
Mar 15, 2014

Excellent book. Well-written, fast-paced, difficult to put down. It's a long book but it's one of those that makes you anticipate turning the page to see what happens. Great read!

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nhoj
Apr 17, 2013

I haven't read a bad book by Iles. he's very inventive with his plots and his characters are believable and interesting. Here a murderer trolls an online sex chat room to select his victims but raises the curiosity of an administrator who alerts the authorities and the cat and mouse game ensues. I'nm not convinced that Iles had to use the sex angle but it does work.

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