Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple - they were Eden's first perfect match. A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick - and quiet - investigation into the deaths. Lash's psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years. The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead-by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden - particularly Richard Silver, the company's brilliant and reclusive founder - has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash's surprise, deliver on Eden's promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash's involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins. With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, DEATH MATCH is Child at his best.
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by Lincoln Child
by Abraham Lincoln
by David Lax, James K. Sebenius
by Kerry Gleeson
by Clotaire Rapaille
by Harvey Reese
by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
"Matchmaking used to be the province of little old ladies called Yenta. Not anymore. In DEATH MATCH, Yenta is called Liza, and she's a highly sophisticated form of artificial intelligence. After a $25,000 application fee, as well as invasive physical and intrusive mental evaluations, Liza puts together perfect couples. But when these perfect couples begin committing suicide, Christopher Lash, a forensic psychologist, formerly of the FBI, is hired to investigate. Barrett Whitener narrates this exciting, paranoia-inducing story with appropriately cool detachment. Unfortunately, the action frequently bogs down under the weight of seemingly endless computer print-outs. Even so, fans will not be disappointed. Whitener's ability to read interminable lists of numbers without a misstep is truly impressive. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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