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The Cold One

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,460 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The Los Angeles police are investigating two strings of gruesome deaths. One killer has left several horribly mangled corpses; the other murderer kills his victims seemingly without touching them. The investigators have only a single set of fingerprints to link the two series of crimes. — Journalist Peter Jacobs is dragged into the investigation when he receives an anonymo ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 15th 1995 by Tor Books (first published 1994)
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Dec 22, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This book was really well written with a new take on eastern religion, which I didn't know much about before this book. There are tons of interesting and well fleshed out characters populating this book. And it was actually easy to keep track of them all and really fun to see there seperate story lines come together in the end. The end was really exciting and the story was tied up nicely. I highly reccomend this one to horror fans as well as Christopher Pike fans ready to graduate to his adult n ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
One of Pike's few adult novels, I have to say I absolutely loved this book. By creating a character that is not human as the focal point of the novel, Pike is essentially asking questions about what it really means to be human. The enigmatic quality of the plot and the masterful way in which Pike can almost always create characters with depth only adds to this book. Few adults are aware of Pike's novels, and this one was amazing.
Jul 31, 2008 Kyrsten rated it it was amazing
Okay - This is a really good book & invovles mythology mixed with the present day. The only thing that really gets me about this book is that there was suppose to be a second book - The Cold One II - Seedling, it never came out - so be prepared for that. Other wise it you love the SciFi Thrillers like I do you should enjoy
Wordsmith Johnson
Another adult novel I tried to get into, spurred on by my dedication to my favorite y/a author...but not much luck. I finished it, but I had a hard time really getting into the eastern mysticism angle.
Mar 01, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, horror
Wild, just wild. This adult novel by Pike blends horror with sci-fi elements, Hinduism and just plain mad craziness. Most of it read pretty slow though. Why did he stop writing? Entertaining stuff.
Micky Parise
Nov 27, 2016 Micky Parise rated it really liked it
First time reading Christopher Pike. Enjoyable book, plot was good, characters were great and story line just flowed. Recommend.
Los Angeles police are baffled by two strings of murders linked only by one fingerprint. Half of the victims are ripped apart and the other half seem to have suffocated. Journalist Peter Jacobs is pulled into the investigation when he gets a call from a mysterious man who may or may not be the killer. Julie Moore, a graduate student investigating near death experiences, becomes involved when Jerry Washington contacts her about the weird behavior of his girlfriend who nearly drowned a few days pr ...more
Ashley Brown
Sep 06, 2016 Ashley Brown rated it liked it
As the plane slowly dropped out of the sky, and came to land at Budapest airport, I could barely hear a thing over the popping of my eardrums. Soon, the warning lights went off, and we were set to vacate the jet and start our holiday - I'd been so engrossed in 'The Cold One' that the flight had flown past in the blink of an eye!

I did have reservations about the title of this one - it sounded like something I'd order at a Sportsbar just before the football started. However, as they say, you can't
Christopher Pike has to reduce the number of pages he wasted on Indian rituals
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Written by prolific author Christopher Pike, this book (not one of his numerous young adult offerings) is a true to the genre horror book.

It comes complete with those familiar situations where you just know the victims are toast (slang for they will be killed), an almost unbeatable evil that is so, for lack of a better word, "cold" you just know trouble is on the brew and all of mankind could be in peril.

A fairly long and convoluted plot including mystic Eastern philosophies and prophecies too.
Sep 10, 2010 Imalamefairy rated it it was amazing
even from the beginning this book was captivating. amazing how it tied into the story later on and the characters were so easy to follow that even if it was easy it was still really curious.
when i finished reading i was so happy to realize that it had a second one and that it could be in my school library when i went to look for it it wasn't there and i was upset for about two days before i got my hands on another book
what really made me curious was the near end when the cold one went to califo
Feb 14, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-suspense
Christopher Pike is a brilliant YA Thriller writer, and I was happy to see that this book was still well put together and a great read eventhough it was definately for adults. I liked that there were many different story lines at the beginning, but they gradually all came together. Some books that have many different characters and places and seperate stories are difficult to understand and sometimes fail to hold my attention. Pike skillfully weaved his characters into one story with one plot. T ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Lacie rated it really liked it
One huge illustration of why Christopher Pike's work is generally very unlikely to get moving adaptions - What works in this novel would probably end up in exploitation film territory, without doubt, what with fetuses going into garbage disposals and all.

Though, without doubt, I found this novel oddly great. It was more thought provoking than I thought it would be. If it wouldn't have been for 'The Midnight Club' this would have definitely been my favorite CP novel. It has a very interesting pl
Nov 09, 2009 Jessica rated it did not like it
I always enjoyed Christopher Pike when I was younger. A few back, I read Falling which is one of his adult novels. I really enjoyed that book a lot. I was actually looking forward to reading this book.

This is one of the few books I have read that I really did not like. I actually enjoyed reading it in the beginning. But the way the story progressed felt rushed. The ending seemed incomplete. The last line promises the story will continue in another book which nearly 15 years later has yet to be
Aug 16, 2012 BeautifulNerd rated it did not like it
I love Christopher Pike usually, but this one derailed a bit to be honest.

Also was slightly disappointed that the black main character was part of a gang, for no reason that related to the main story. Coincidentally I had just finished reading the Remember Me trilogy in which there are the first Hispanic characters I had ever encountered in a Pike novel - all of whom were also part of a gang as a pointless side-story. I hope I'm wrong but I'm seeing quite a crummy theme emerging in his portrayal
Dec 23, 2008 크리스티 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-rental
I didn't care much for this book. I thought it was going to have more "thriller" in it but it was a lot of religion and philosophy in it. I skimmed a few parts when it was about the Master so I'm pretty sure I probably missed a lot but as the book was going on I was getting confused with all the characters and the names and who is who. The "bad person" is very easily guessed since there is a lot of lead up to her.
Oct 19, 2009 Marilyn rated it it was ok
Two stars. Didn't finish reading this book, as it became too gruesome for me. Ick. I was tired of the bad language anyway--the author tried to keep it real with foul words from a former gang member character. I had to skip over the graphic sex, which I wasn't thrilled about seeing by this author. I had high hopes for this thriller, given that the author wrote such popular teen books in the 90's.
Dec 25, 2012 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! At first it was a little confusing but I loved how all the stories kinda met near the ending, even with rak. I found it not so much horror, but the part where the husband crushes the aborted fetus with his shoe, and it kept squirming. The ending was a cliffhanger sort of, I really want to read the sequel!
Tenaya Jayne
Oct 18, 2012 Tenaya Jayne rated it really liked it
This one took me by surprise. I picked it up at a used book store. It held my attention. Grossed me out a few times. As it came to the climax, I was enthralled with the answers Pike was giving. Just when I was thinking it was brilliant, he lost me on a silly detail. Still, it was good and worth a read. A different twist on the idea of the origin of vampires.
Jul 13, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
Back in high school I sometimes wrote to my favorite authors, and when I wrote to Christopher Pike, he sent an autographed bookplate for this book... unfortunately, I got the book from the library, so I never got to put the book plate in an actual book.
Dec 10, 2011 Kilgallen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, horror
A very intresting book. I really liked the eastern philosophy included. A very unique story line. I am a little disappointed the sequel that was promoted at the end of the book was never published. However it does stand well on its own.
Moseka Garcia
Jul 09, 2012 Moseka Garcia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Christopher Pike was one of my favorite authors when I was a teen. I was very disappointed with this book. I could not finish it. There were way too many characters in the beginning, and the story was going nowhere. Maybe I will give it another try one day.
Alex Sheldon
Aug 23, 2011 Alex Sheldon rated it it was amazing
Known mainly as a teenage horror writer, when Pike writes adult fiction like this, he rivals every other prolific author in the horror/thriller genre.
Read it back in 2002 and still have fond memories of how immensely I enjoyed it.
Ziad Khashram
Aug 18, 2012 Ziad Khashram rated it really liked it
This was one of the first books I read of this genre, didn't know what to expect. I found it a bit slow at the beginning, maybe a chapter a night, but when it took off, so did the chapter /night.

I liked the idea, a good easy read on a long plane ride or train.
Jan 14, 2010 Jessica rated it did not like it
This is what happens when I run out of books to read. I get into the crap mass market's stored in my attic. Read this 10+ years ago & had completely forgotten the story Not a great read the second time.
Jul 20, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
This book is good combination of disturbing and suspenseful. Definitely a "scary" book if you like the horror genre
Cindy Smith
Oct 20, 2015 Cindy Smith rated it really liked it
This book will give you a chill. It is one of the spookiest books I have read. The author rivals Stephen King.
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Patron Review:
This book was filed with gore and I didn't really enjoy it like I have his other works.
Jul 03, 2008 Jackie rated it it was ok
I always loved Christopher Pike's books when I was a teenager but this book had WAY too many characters and scenarios to keep up with. I got halfway through and couldn't finish.
Jul 08, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Eerie and pleasantly like nothing else I have read. To have that much absence of emotion and feeling is very hard to comprehend, but it makes it compelling to try to understand.
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

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McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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