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Lindsey, David L.
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New York : Doubleday, [1990]

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Houston is shattered by a shock wave of unbelievably vicious sex killings. And this time the pattern is unique--way out of line with traditional violent-crime psychology. In Detective Carmen Palma's experience, a psychopath always chooses anonymous targets. But the Houston victims know and trust their killer: They meet willingly in hotel rooms, even in their homes. They don't fight when the leather cuffs are fastened to their wrists and ankles. They don't even struggle when the first blows fall . . .Palma's first lightning instinct is that the victims expected their torture. They were practicing masochists, apart of a secret clique that includes some of the city's most prominent women. They helped choreograph their own punishments-every blow. They just didn't expect to die. . .

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David Lindsey is a highly-acclaimed, best-selling author of suspense fiction. Lindsey was born in Kingsville, Texas on November 6, 1944. He spent his childhood in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in West Texas, near San Angelo. He graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in English literature. Lindsey's chilling page-turners are read around the world. Whether writing about serial killers or undercover agents, gutsy, gory thrillers are his trademark.

"A Cold Mind" (1983) introduced Houston police detective Stuart Haydon and a serial killer using the rabies virus as a murder weapon. Other popular books featuring Haydon include "Heat From Another Sun" (1984) and "Spiral" (1986). Female detective Carmen Palma is the protagonist of "Mercy" (1990). This book is a tale told with such horror that it has been compared to "Silence Of The Lambs". Some of Lindsey's works have been made into films, most notably "Requiem for a Glass Heart" (1996) starring Demi Moore. He has worked as a freelance editor and is the founder of Heidelberg Publishers.

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Lindsey ( In the Lake of the Moon ) has constructed a lean, gripping, psychological thriller around a gruesome subject: a series of brutally sadistic murders among the lesbian demimonde of monied Houston. The victims are found nude, beaten, bitten, slashed--and perfumed and flawlessly made-up, but with their eyelids expertly sliced from their eyes. Lindsey's likable heroine, recently divorced detective Carmen Palma, frantically tries to discover the murderer before another strike, battling both male chauvinism within the department and a growing discomfort with her task: exposure to the brutalized corpses is destroying her peace of mind. Still, she's tough, her powers of deduction remarkable, and the investigation moves swiftly--though it's periodically upstaged by erotic descriptions of murder and incest as well as enlightening asides on the nature and psychology of lesbianism, serial murder, transvestism, fetishism, bisexuality and sadomasochism. In all, Lindsey seems to have achieved a paradoxical goal: to create a sexually charged thriller that entertains in a responsible manner. Written with masterly skill, his chilling, provocative story is propelled by sophisticated characterization, credible dialogue and accurately rendered details. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved