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Death Match | [Lincoln Child]

Death Match

The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.
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Publisher's Summary

The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

Enter Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist who is brought in by Eden to perform a quick (and quiet) investigation. As Lash conducts his detailed "psychological autopsy", he delves deep into the seemingly ordinary private lives of the Thorpes, all the while trying to suppress a personal tragedy of his own that has been kept buried in the past. But when another perfectly matched couple commits double-suicide, Lash finds himself suddenly pulled into the many hidden layers of Eden, Incorporated. It is an astonishing world, one inhabited by Eden's genius, reclusive founder, Richard Silver, a world that inadvertently may bring Lash face-to-face with his own demons.

With tremendous imagination and consummate skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with sharp, cutting-edge technology and a riveting pace, Death Match is Lincoln Child at his best.

©2004 Lincoln Child; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"When it comes to merging innovative technology with a bizarre murder mystery, few writers do it better than Child....A fun, twisted psychological ride." (Booklist)

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    John Marshall Phoenix, AZ United States 03-09-09
    John Marshall Phoenix, AZ United States 03-09-09 Member Since 2011
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    "5 Star Listen Marred by a Nagging Impliausability"

    Don't let the title fool you into thinking this is one of those "forced-to-fight-in-the-ring-of-death" schlock sagas. The match here involves love matches made by a super computer that delivers on the company guarantee that for those who qualify, they will find you you the love of your life. The perfect match. Guaranteed. That's multi-million -make that billion - dollar product, but for a select few, the perfect match has turned suspiciously fatal, threatening the company as well as an unknown number of its blissfuly satisfied but unknowing clients.

    It's well-read and suspenseful, but marred by a single major malfeasance in an unnecessary sideline to the main story involving actions by a parole board. The characters simply did not act within the wide wide range of even remotely likely conduct, and their rationale for that conduct rang so untrue as to leave that one nagging complaint to an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 02-04-09
    jamo002 02-04-09 Member Since 2002
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    "SUPER!"

    How do these authors dream this stuff up? Starts quick, no boring character building. This baby sucks you right in!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Geri-Ann Venice, CA, USA 10-08-07
    Geri-Ann Venice, CA, USA 10-08-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Better as a Short Story"

    While the basic plot idea is interesting and would make a great short story, this long book was alternately boring and interesting. In any case, however, I would much rather read this book than listen to it. There are long strings of information -- lots of 9 digit numbers, names of tests, etc. that one would skim over in a book. When it's being read to you, however, that's not possible. There were times I wanted to scream. Lincoln Child is much better when he coauthors with Douglas Preston.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-27-04
    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-27-04 Member Since 2004

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    "Not bad but the team is better"

    I think Preston and Child work better as a team. I can't say that their individual efforts have been better than average. That includes this one. Some interesting ideas and good research went into this book. However the ending is predictable and has been done before. It's entertaining, just not as much fun as their combined efforts. Which by the way we need more of on Audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moni42 04-24-13
    Moni42 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't get past 1 hour and 15 min of narrator!!!"
    What disappointed you about Death Match?

    The narrator. I love Lincoln Child but the narrator was horrible!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lincoln Child again?

    YES but not if this narrator reads it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barret Whitener?

    Scott Brick, Dick Hill, Rene Auberjonois or David Colacci. Take your pick.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death Match?

    Don't know could not get past 1 hour and 15 minutes of this narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness we can return a book!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris J. West Illinois 01-30-13
    Chris J. West Illinois 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Meeehhhhhh. Just OK."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read most of Child's books as well as his books co-authored by Preston. This one was just OK. Not overly well written and lacked suspense. Without giving away the ending - I knew what would happen half way through the book. Not his best work.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    Not his best work.


    Do you think Death Match needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rock San Diego 07-25-11
    Linda Rock San Diego 07-25-11
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    "Narrator's voice grated"

    The plot was interesting and unpredictable, but the narrator's voice was so irritating it was hard to listen to the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 07-05-11
    Karen 07-05-11
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    "Doesn't Translate to Audio"

    This book contains sections related to ink blot testing and computer look ups and the technical results. While it may be fine to see on a printed page, to hear rows of numbers read to you are pretty meaningless and can be irritating. I travel a lot and love audio books when I'm driving. I found this book to be dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 05-08-10
    Lori 05-08-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    I'm not going to say that it all makes perfectly good sense, but it is entertaining throughout. When I tried to describe the plot to friends, it seemed like a silly book, but I listen to relax, workout, fall asleep, and do chores around the house, so don't want or need anything too complicated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy clinton, NY, United States 02-10-09
    Amy clinton, NY, United States 02-10-09
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    "more like "bored to death""

    the narrator doesn't use any inflection to distinguish between characters. this makes it hard to know who is actually speaking when there is dialogue going on. the book itself is lacking in suspense and literary excitement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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