Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman
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Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  11 reviews
She is utterly beautiful, and utterly insane. A novel from Edward Lee & Elizabeth Steffen. A full-force, hardcore psycho thriller. Unlike anything you've seen from Ed Lee before. Psychopath She shackles them to the bed. She glues their eyes closed. She punctures their eardrums. She sews their lips shut. Torturess They can't move. They can't see or hear. They can't scre...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Necro Publications (first published 1998)
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Anita Dalton
On the surface, this book seemed like it was gonna be great. The presence of Ed Lee was part of it but the descriptions also made it seem like it was a winner. A journalist is contacted by a serial killing female in order to tell the killer’s story. The journalist enters a new relationship that challenges her emotionally and before long, the woman, her new lover and the killer are on a collision course, and the journalist and the killer find a horrifying link between themselves. Add a mean cop,...more
Jesse Bedell
Quite different from anything else I've read by Ed Lee. It has been said that every horror novelist must write a "serial killer" novel, and Mr. Lee doesn't disappoint here. The comparisons to Brett Easton Ellis' "American Psycho" are unfounded in my view. B.E.E.'s book, brilliant as it was, was essentially a hilarious satire on yuppie culture in the 80's. You'll find none of that here. This book is DARK. Ed Lee has always been effective at making you laugh and simultaneously squirm, but the gros...more
David Church

The first half of the book I felt was bland & repetitive. The 2nd half really cranked up with some very interesting twists & turns. The chapter called “Manburger” will forever be burned into my mind, I still wince thinking about that chapter. Overall all a pretty good read, a slow burn to begin with but it ends with a bang.
Tony
Oct 24, 2008 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not many
Recommended to Tony by: no one
Not for the weak of stomach. If you liked "American Pyscho" by B.E. Ellis this is the companion piece--only this time a woman is preying on yuppie men.
Kristy
Apr 10, 2009 Kristy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I love this book! Man burger anyone? HA!
Shadow Girl
I think this one started a little slow for me.
I started reading it two different times before now, and set it down - accidentally forgetting about it.
Ok, maybe that's not quite right. It didn't start slow, necessarily. It didn't start off as Ed Lee. When you're in the mood for depravity, Lee usually just throws you in head-first - no chance to buckle up. Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman didn't do that, it eased you in.
I started over again yesterday, just finished it, and WOW! As a w...more
Marilyn Dahl
Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive, cliche, stereotype. Five card flop. In the beginning I felt hope that the characters might expand into something interesting in the psychological realm of the psychopathic killer. It was my only hope for the book really, and in that regard it was a letdown. I felt like I was reading a book made from a cliche noir murder flick. It wasn't that long, and everything was pretty pat, so I skipped along to find out the end. If you like middle of the road television,...more
Keli
Actually I had a hard time getting into this one so I put it down and never finished it.
Baldurian
An average thriller with a not-so-average killer; nothing more and nothing less. My heart bleeds a little seeing the vicious genius of my dear Lee watered down in this kind of mainstream books.
Izabela
Gritty, gruesome, and absolutely horrifying, Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman is a true Edward Lee hit. Unlike many of Lee's supernatural horrors, this one has human characters and that makes it all the more creepy. If you're a fan of gratuitous violence and Lee's writing, Portrait is a must-read.
Randy Lewis
Good story with great character description/building. Nothing new as far as storyline to very well done! Edward lee never let's me down
Steven
Really quite well done with good characters, plot, and well written. Very good horror novel.
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Edward Lee was born (er, jettisoned) into the world on May 25, 1957, and was raised in Bowie, Md. He has sold 15 novels and continues to pursue the ludicrous profession of freelance writing. From 1976-79, he served in the U.S. Army Security Agency and then was transferred to the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen,...more
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