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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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    Gregg Flanders, NJ, United States 06-28-05
    Gregg Flanders, NJ, United States 06-28-05 Member Since 2005
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    "A lesson in patience with no reward"

    I thought that the concept of the story was really good, but its execution was terrible. I constantly found myself annoyed at the author never choosing the obvious. All the characters were well defined and likable, but stupid. I'm all for stretching reality for a good story, but the main characters just ignore any logical conclusions over and over again. The ending was unbelivable and the epilogue - well, give me a break.

    Although the narrator has a smooth voice it seemed to me to be nearly monotone.

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    John Shoreline, WA, United States 03-31-05
    John Shoreline, WA, United States 03-31-05 Member Since 2003
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    "like a bad made-for-tv movie"

    This story was predictable and ultimately--boring. The character portrayals were clumsy and shallow and the science behind the story was silly. This was the least interesting mystery I've listened to yet.

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    Teresa Marlborough, MA, USA 03-22-05
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    "Enjoyable listen, but predictable"

    I enjoyed listening to this book, but I felt the plot was a little predictable. I guessed "who-dun-it" within the first half of the book and was kind of surprised that I was right, since it seemed pretty easy to pick out.

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