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Mortal Fear by [Iles, Greg]
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'An ingenious suspense thriller . . . fascinating' (New York Times Book Review)

Terrifying (The Mirror on Sleep No More)

A thriller that really thrills, a shocker that really shocks (Stephen King on SLEEP NO MORE)

Greg Iles is a phenomenal writer (The Independent on Sunday on Dead Sleep)

Another top notch tale of suspense from Iles (Kirkus Reviews on Dead Sleep)

Stephen King

'A thriller that really thrills, a shocker that really shocks'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 721 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007546076
  • Publisher: Harper (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOOH7K8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Harper Cole, a man with some pretty dark secrets, is a systems operator for an international on-line programme known as EROS, a service that caters for the erotic sexual appetites - be they light or of a slightly darker taste - of a large number of highly-paying clients.
Soon, Harper's life - and the lives of those closest to him - will be thrown into immense danger, because there is a killer at work on EROS, a twisted and terrifying serial murderer using the network to find his way into the lives and fantasies of his female victims. All of a sudden, Harper finds himself a possible suspect in the eyes of the FBI, and in an attempt both to prove his innocence and to stop a vicious killer from continuing his morbid harvest, Harper goes into EROS himself, posing as a woman he once had an affair with, in order to try and trap the killer into revealing himself.
However, it quickly becomes apparent that everyone has underestimated this brutally intelligent killer, able to detect their every move and remain constantly one step ahead...
Mortal Fear is surely going to be Iles' crowning achievement. Most serial killer novels are pretty standard fare, but this is not only far better than almost any other I have read, it almost transends its genre, such is the writing quality and the relentless intelligence that powers the plot and movement of the prose. The brutality of the killer (and his bizarre, if startlingly original, motives) is balanced with some wonderful philosophical examinations of humans and humanity, which give you the impression that Iles really KNOWS people, rather like Stephen King, and a slightly academic, educated feel to it all makes this so much more than just a pop-thriller, but something far greater.
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The story of picking victims via an Online-Service is no new chapter in the world of fiction. But the 'HOW' ist is done, surely is. Greg Iles keeps up much of the tension till the end of the book, the characters are very realistic. No typical (and boring) hero/looser scheme, but each persona has his/her own well developed character. It's like getting the necessary clues and information as small puzzle pieces. One by one the big picture is assembled, just to be shattered on some following pages.
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I am gobsmacked that this book was first published in 1997. I thought I had read all of Greg Isles' books and when I read this one I thought it was written recently. That just goes to show how masterfully Greig Isles can tell a story and how well he understands his subject. To think that something essentially about computers and technology written 17 years ago could still ring true today is amazing. That aside, this book is another very original story, wonderfully crafted and with great characters. I cannot say it better than some of the other reviewers, particularly Rachel Walker, so I won't even try. Suffice to say that if you like an intelligently written thriller with a complex and twisting plot which brings you to the edge of your seat - read this. Yes, it is pretty long and I can understand why someone who reads James Patterson might not like it. However, if you are someone who usually appreciates thought-provoking and intelligent thrillers you will love it as much as I did and you will certainly go on to read all this author's books and enjoy every one.
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This the first Greg Iles book I have read and was very impressed with the quality of his writing, which is well structured, clear and literate. As I read the book on my Kindle, I wasn't really sure how long it was and was surprised to find how long it took to get through it. However, the build up to the denoument is nicely paced and the final show-down scene is tense, exciting, pretty horrific but just the right length.

My only negative criticism is that some of the basic premises of the book, especially the details of the villain and his motives, are pretty far-fetched in many ways and I had to suspend my skeptism in order to enjoy the book. Also, as the plot revolves around the extensive use of IT and the novel was first published in 1996, it seems a bit creaky compared with what we are familiar with nearly two decades later.
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It has been a long time since I have read such a gripping novel. I really could not put it down. The story gathers pace quickly and gallops to a precipice of excitement.

I found myself liking our hero one moment ,but then despising him the next .Greg isles is superb and his drawing of characters is detailed and believable. This is such an outlandish plot , but even the madness of the villain is plausible , but unusually no sympathy is proffered for his doings.

I really enjoyed it. Thank you.
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This is my first experience of Greg Iles, and I chose it by reading the back cover, which makes the story sound very interesting and unusual.
Unfortunatly, I struggled from practically the first page. Iles name checks brands almost religiously. Characters never have a drink, they have a Coke or a Tab. The hero Harper Cole doesn't sit down at his computer, he sits down at his Gateway 2000. This quickly becomes distracting and very annoying.
While the story is standard serial killer fare, the novel tries to be more about big themes, such as life, sex and death. This is done by dreary monologues by various charaters in the book about their (often tawdry) sexual fantasies and what this means pyschologically.
This is a long book (over 550 pages) and it could have been much improved by some ruthless editing.
For a better written exciting serial killer story I would recommend anything by Mo Hayder, or if it is the psychological side that interests you, Clive Barker is an author who has been writing multi-faceted horrors/thrillers expertly for many years.
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