Pacific Heights by Paul Harper
A Novel (Marten Fane)

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A San Francisco detective becomes entangled with a private intelligence agency as he investigates what appears to be a traceless form of murder

A couple meets in a seedy hotel room for an illicit affair, the rules of which are simple: no names, no personal details, the specifics of their lives off-limits. It's all very exciting to Lore Cha—the wife of a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur—who thinks their forbidden meetings and taboo sexual encounters are exactly the escape she's been looking for: every single detail is as she imagined. But that's the problem. Phillip Krey anticipates every thought before she has it. He plays out her untold fantasies down to the last detail. His insights are beyond intuitive; they're invasive, even frightening. It's as if he has access into her mind. Across town, Elise Currin, wife to one of San Francisco's most powerful businessmen, is also seeing Krey, and is slowly being driven insane by his ability to tap in to her most private desires. When it's revealed that these women are also seeing the same therapist, a chilling scenario unfolds, and the quiet, plotting detective Marten Fane is called in.

Slowly Fane uncovers a plot that goes beyond Krey to reveal a powerful private sector, secret government involvement, and one of the most elaborate and monstrous psychological experiments imaginable: a traceless form of murder.


 

About Paul Harper

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Paul Harper is the pseudonym of David Lindsey, the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen previous titles. A native Texan, he lives with his wife in Austin.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 366 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction

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Together they plot to bring down the predator who’s actually Ryan Kroll, a former CIA interrogator now with Vector Strategies, and whose long-range plan is a good deal more sinister than seducing and tormenting the best-looking women in the Bay Area.

Jul 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

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A pity, because there are some great characters and deft plotting as the investigation brings murky secrets from the country's officially neutral wartime past into the light.The Day Aberystwyth Stood Still, by Malcolm Pryce (Bloomsbury, £11.99)In his sixth Aberystwyth book, Pryce continues to put...

Aug 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

Book Reporter

Paul Harper introduces a fresh face in the detective world: Marten Fane, a man with a checkered, but mostly honest, past and a murky present --- sort of a modern-day Equalizer.

Aug 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

Oregon Live

He makes you want to know -- and need to know -- why Kroll is doing what he's doing, even if you're pretty sure that Fane won't let him get away with it.

Jul 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

NJ.com

David Lindsey, who built a following on edgy, sometimes gory mysteries and psychological thrillers such as “A Cold Mind,” “Mercy” and “The Rules of Silence,” is back after seven years of non-publishing, but with a pseudonym and a new arena.

Jul 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

Bookmarks Magazine

Product Description A San Francisco detective becomes entangled with a private intelligence agency as he investigates what appears to be a traceless form of murderA couple meets in a seedy hotel room for an illicit affair, the rules of which are simple: ...

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

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Vera reveals her suspicions to Lore and Elise and introduces them to each other and they join forces with Fane to hunt down their former lover before he carries out his plan to demonstrate a new and effective way of killing.

Aug 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Pacific Heights: A Novel (Mar...

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