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A Cold Mind (Stuart Haydon #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  222 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Somewhere in the sprawling city of Houston, a psychopath s stalking his victims.  Each is a high-priced call girl trained and groomed for the pleasure of high-powered gentlemen.  Each is found murdered, her body twisted in a climax of agony, defying medical explanation.  but most chilling of all is that the killer is coldly efficient, leaving behind no clues, no motives, ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1983)
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Apr 18, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it
Lindsay was a new author to us, recommended by a computer application that claimed “if you like this, you might like that.” Since we tend to be keen on series characters, we decided to try “Cold Mind” (we think his second novel, pub. 1983), the author’s first in a five-book Houston-based homicide detective Stuart Haydon set. Haydon happens to be independently wealthy, yet is still a workaholic that pursues his cases with passion. The plot echoes a favorite theme in murder mysteries: somebody is ...more
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Feb 15, 2012 Peter Bylone rated it liked it
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It was a good page turner. I thought it was a period piece, reveling the late 70s atmosphere (referring to ladies swooning over Burt Reynolds)... then I saw that it was written in 1983, so it was written 'modern'. It's aged fairly well; there are a few interesting directions woven into the story, definitely enough to keep you interested. If I have one complaint though, it's that the villain isn't developed hardly at all. We find out who he is and what he does in his normal life, and we find out ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
A while back I read Misery by Lindsey and really liked it but for some reason forgot to go get more of his books. Recently, I remembered that I'd forgotten and remedied the situation starting with this one. And it's excellent. Stuart Haydon is a police detective in Houston, Texas. He is Lindsey's continuing character and while he's not my favorite protagonist, the plots of these books more than make up for the fact that I just don't like the guy. In A Cold Mind high class, very beautiful hookers ...more
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Oct 30, 2016 Jennifer (Books That Hook) marked it as couldn-t-finish
A Cold Mind was on my list of books to check out because I picked up a book a while back that goes with this series. It’s an old book, published in the 80s, but I figured I’d give it a try since the mystery sounded good. Unfortunately, after reading a few chapters, I’ve decided to take it off my to-read list.

From what I can tell, the mystery is about a disease-ridden prostitute who is found naked in the water by two boys. There’s no clear cause of death.

I just couldn’t connect with the detective
Aug 07, 2012 Dave rated it it was ok
Wow. What can I say? I could NOT finish this book! Having known about David Lindsey for over 20 years,and the fact that he set this series in Houston (Where I am born and raised) I thought I had an instant winner.
But I could not get into it. It reads well, but never grabs you.(At least me) I was over half way, and could not finish, nor did I realy want to....
Here is what I know of the story. Someone is killing high priced Call Girls, in a very unique way. Just not unique enough to get me to fin
Connie Sandlin
Aug 03, 2012 Connie Sandlin rated it it was amazing
An absorbing thriller/murder mystery/police procedural. I stayed up all night reading this one. The killer was not a typical serial killer. Very different and original. I would like to read more stories about the protagonist, Stuart Haydon.
Apr 12, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
A Houston police detective, Stuart Haydon, searches for a serial
killer of call girls. I may be biased toward Lindsey's books because I'm a native Houstonian.
Jul 12, 2011 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like a good murder mystery as well as the next one however the abuse of women is beyond the pale. This book was much to grizzly for me.
Sep 19, 2011 Tisha rated it liked it
I like the way Lindsey writes. His books really "flow". I liked the characters ( detective) better in the first book I read by Lindsey but this was a good thriller.
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Lindsey spent his childhood in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in West Texas, near San Angelo. He graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in English literature and moved to Austin, Texas in 1970, where he has lived ever since.

During the 1970s, Lindsey worked as a book editor at a number of small publishing houses in Austin. At one point he operated his own publishing firm, Heidel
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“He knew that the concepts of the borders of normalcy had been explored further and further as science had learned more about the human mind and human behavior. It was understood now that the sick and the healthy mind shared more commonality than differences. Modern psychiatry had placed modern man in the unique position of being allowed small perversions, in one form or another, without being labeled 'mentally ill' because of them. His closet might be full of shadows, his mind an abattoir of fragmented realities, but he can still find himself among the walking, laughing population of the normal. And he can remain among the normal so long as he does not allow his shadows out of the closet, so long as he does not take them out and show them to his neighbors as though he expected them to find the same pleasures in them as he does. He cannot do this because his neighbors are the Real Word and if he fails to function in a way his neighbors find acceptable, then he is approaching the cusp of psychosis. It matters not that his neighbors may have similar or different but equally strange shadows in their closets; they do not bring them out and show them to him.” 0 likes
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