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PACIFIC HEIGHTS
迷霧殺機
作者:Paul Harper
版本: 精裝368頁  2011 年 7 月  Henry Holt出版
內容介紹

蟄伏七年,出版了13本小說的紐約時報暢銷作家David Lindsey重新出發,為了突破讀者對於他的既有印象,他決定以Paul Harper為筆名發表全新的類型小說,PACIFIC HEIGHTS便是這新系列的首部作品。

舊金山市,Pacific Heights豪宅區。新寡的心理醫師Vera List的病人都是來自上流社會的富商鉅子。在諮商過程中,Vera得知她的2個女病人Lore和Erin不約而同的發生了婚外情,而且從她們倆人的敘述中,她漸漸開始懷疑這素未謀面的2個女人的外遇對象竟是同一人?!
這位神祕男子行事非常的謹慎,他堅持不讓女方知道他的名字,聲稱如此才能保護她們的戀情。外遇的刺激、歡愉讓兩位富家少奶奶暫時逃脫平淡無味的婚姻,激情與快感讓她們深陷其中,難以自拔。但是,隨著時間的過去,男子似乎越來越了解她們不為人知的祕密與恐懼,並藉以操弄與掌握她們。而這些不可告人的祕密與恐懼,她們刻意隱藏多年,從未向外人透露,唯一知道的人只有她們的心理醫師Vera List。

眼見兩位病人飽受這名神祕男子的精神折磨與威脅,Vera卻無法向警方求助,惟恐案情洩露後將會讓Erin與Lore的外遇、秘密曝光,影響她們有頭有臉的夫家。於是Vera暗中經高人指點找到了Marten Fane。Marten原本任職於舊金山警察局的特別偵察組,因故退役後和一班體制外的頂尖高手組成一個專門承接特殊任務的團隊。在抽絲剝繭的調查過程中,Marten與夥伴們逐漸發現這名男子不是單純的想要色誘與勒索他的外遇對象,一切殘酷的手段背後其實有著更令人膽寒的動機與黑暗勢力…

作者身為經驗豐富的寫作老手,融合了新的元素,再次成功的塑造出戲劇張力十足,節奏明快緊湊的全新類型小說。本系列的北美版權以6位數高價授權Henry Holt,之後又陸續授權英國、德國、義大利、法國等11國外文版權。

 

作者介紹

Paul Harper原名David Lindsey,是紐約時報暢銷作家,在25年以上的寫作生涯中已經出版14本小說,作品MERCY曾於2000年由好萊塢改拍為同名電影。出生於德州的作者與妻子定居於德州奧斯丁市。

作者網站: http://www.davidlindsey.com/。

 

書評

Publishers Weekly
This contemporary thriller from the pseudonymous Harper offers a promising setup, but suffers from a lack of dramatic tension. When San Francisco psychotherapist Vera List realizes that two of her patients, Elise Currin and Lore Cha, both the wives of important and powerful men, have fallen under the sway of the same domineering lover who has somehow gained access to her confidential files, List turns to former SID detective Marten Fane for help. Fane discovers that an already deeply disturbing situation is even worse than it appears. Ryan Kroll, who works for a large private intelligence company, is determined to prove his warped psychological theories at the cost of his lovers’ lives. As minor characters fall into peril, the enigmatic Fane so dominates the playing field as to make the struggle with Kroll almost one-sided. While the action doesn’t always grip, Harper succeeds in sympathetically portraying Elise and Lore as they face genuine danger.

Library Thing
In a nutshell Ryan Kroll seduces not one but two wives of affluent San Francisco businessmen. Unknown to one another, these women see the same psychotherapist. The doctor realizes that this man is seeing both and playing with their heads and contacts Martin Fane, a retired detective. What unravels next is a psychological cat and mouse game. This is another fast-paced book that had me intrigued especially since I wanted to know why Ryan was doing what he was doing. I was a little let down at the end but otherwise this was one hell of a thriller.

Goodreads
What a great summer thrill ride -- and a fantastic debut for a new series featuring retired SID detective Marten Kane. Two wives of well-known San Francisco entrepreneurs are seeing a psychotherapist -- they don’t know each other, but one man, Ryan Kroll, knows both of them -- very well. In fact, he knows their most intimate secrets, fantasies, hidden horrors and insecurities. AND he intends to use that knowledge against them in the most personal way possible. He seeks them out, contrives to meet them, and begins a love affair with both Elise and Lore and uses the knowledge he has stolen from the therapist’s office files to control and manipulate them. What is his goal? Enter Marten Kane -- the ultimate "fix it" man -- he has both the discretion and the intelligence to figure out what Ryan Kroll is doing and to try to stop him before he carries out his plans with the two women.
High recommend to all fans of the suspense thriller genre! I am eagerly looking forward to Paul Harper’s (a pseudonym for David Lindsey) next installment in the Marten Kane series.