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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,695 ratings  ·  476 reviews
By day, Harper Cole trades commodities from his farmhouse in the isolated Mississippi Delta. But at night, Harper serves as system operator for E.R.O.S., a highly exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service whose clients range from the glitterati of Hollywood to the literati of New York. Shielded by a guarantee of absolute anonymity, these clients pour their secrets into ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by New English Library (first published February 1st 1997)
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Cindi
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface my review with this: I LOVE this guy's work. His books are engrossing and full of suspense. That said, this book literally drove me nuts. I couldn't put it down. The suspense was unreal. I'm not the best with words, so I'm sure this review sounds lame. All I can say is you will not be disappointed if you read this book.
Kate
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, thriller, southern
I am almost finished with this book and it is my least favorite of Iles' books. It is technologically outdated, and in 1997 it may have seemed pretty interesting, but not so much in 2009.

That aside, it is too long, and needs more vigorous editing. I skipped over pages of extraneous information. I think it would have been a much better read if it had been cleaned up.

The plot is not believable and the some of the characters do stupid things which irritated me. Of course, some of that is due to t
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Michael
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
Give Greg Iles credit--he never writes the same book twice.

By day, Harper Cole is a self-employed commodities trader. By night, he's a system administrator and participant in the erotic on-line community EROS. Populated by highly successful and affluent people, the EROS offers discreet on-line connections for those seeking something or someone different.

Married to his high school sweetheart, Harper has his own sets of secrets--not just related to his communications on EROS but also to his perso
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Bill
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is the best suspense novel I have read in ages. I've got to thank Dave, who visited my site and recommended Greg Iles to me! If you like psychological suspense and you're familiar with the Internet (of course you are; you're here, aren't you??) you will devour this novel!

Harper Cole runs EROS, an online sex chatroom service, and begins to suspect foul play when women customers begin to disappear from the service but haven't canceled their expensive subscriptions. He discovers one of th
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Richard White
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
WOW! Can this guy write or what. Some of the dialogs Iles creates are nothing short of brilliant. If you're a fan of Psychological Thrillers do not pass on this one. A must read.
Jennifer
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: mystery
With a little medical mystery, a little computer espionage and a lot of cybersex and murder, Mortal Fear is the ultimate thriller. A serial killer infiltrates Eros. Known by many usernames, he toys with women while trying to achieve a higher purpose. The main character, Harper, is a hero, a villain and a victim, being placed into every possible category during this constant race against time trying to save victim after victim. Harper's personal life, his job and his dalliances on Eros (the sex s ...more
Jeff French
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-killers
This is a great thriller. Sure some of the tech. talk (AOL, Compuserve) dates it, but no more than a book mentioning Facebook or Instagram written today, might be dated 10 years or so in the future. I certainly doesn't take away from the story, which works on a number of levels. This novel is better than your average, run-of-the-mill serial killer novel. The reasons the killer murders his victims are twofold and the way he hunts his victims is clever. This is an intelligent killer. I love the wa ...more
Susan
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Bill MacDonald, a regular reader of this book list, sent me e-mail a couple of weeks ago and told me to read this book right away. Do I ever owe him a big thanks! This may well be the best book I've read in several years. Really, seriously. I don't really have the vocabulary to adequately describe why. It's a gripping, compelling plot, expertly told without a flaw anywhere and so full of memorable characters and scenes that I feel like I've seen the best movie ever. Harper Cole is a commodities ...more
James Fitzgerald
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding thriller by Greg Isles, from page one you are captivated by the story and connect with the characters You can't wait till you turn the page to see what is going to happen next.
Harper Cole trades commodities from his farmhouse. But at night, Harper serves as system operator for E.R.O.S., a highly exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service whose clients are shielded by a guarantee of absolute anonymity. Harper suspects that something is amiss when six female clients drop o
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Debra
May 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-first
I really like Greg Iles, but this was not a good book and if his name wasn't on it, no one would be able to convince me he wrote it. I wish I had never bought it or wasted my time on it. yuck.
Linda
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
My least favorite read of a favorite author. Just didn't like the characters that much.
Wendy Ballard
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Greg Iles will always be one of my favorite authors; however, his books could be about 100-150 pages shorter and still deliver the huge punches that keep readers coming back. Mortal Fear was no exception - both to the greatness of the writing/story/characters, but also to the need to be shorter.

Harper Cole has a good life. He is wealthy, has two jobs he enjoys and a great wife. Well, but then we find out that all is not Paradise and there are a few glitches. First, he realizes that with his job
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Kellie
First, I really like Greg Iles as an author. I have read several of his books and they are great. They definitely go into dark places. Murder, sex, gore...all a big part of his plot. However, the thing I like about his writing is the suspense and the action which keep me riveted and reading for long periods of time.
So, now let’s talk about this book.
It was good. The problem is, it was total thriller overload. It was too much. It took me forever to finish because I would read a couple chapters an
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Jan
I've enjoyed many of Iles' other books but Mortal Fear isn't a favorite of mine but you have to enjoy the psychological drama and, tho out-dated in 2017, in 97' it would have been better appreciated. The story has a very slow start before it picks up any speed.
Cozette
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Greg Iles never fails to hold my attention..I love his writing..I first was introduced through the " Natchez Burning" and now I am working my back through his other books. If you want a fast paced ride..then this one is for you!!
Sue Smith
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a big read at 700 pages. A little slow to start I had to be 150 pages in and then I was hooked. I enjoyed the very up to date technology but had to suspend belief on some of the relationships in the book. Big Boss battle at the end has something for everyone.
Stacey Kennedy
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I've read Mr. Iles's work before in his Penn Cage series and was eager to try something different from him- and loved this as well! Greg Iles does an excellent job of writing the evil characters in his murder/mysteries- even more so in this book, which is even more of a psychological thriller.

Harper Cole leads a double life in more than one way- he is a commodity trader by day but also works for EROS, a high-end, erotic on-line social media site. He was brought into this company by his childhood
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Marsha Weems
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book yet another star. It is on my list of top 5 favorite reads of all times. Saying that, I am from Mississippi, and though Rain is fictional, I can find a real life face to go with every character in the book. Even the house in which Harper and Drew Cole live is as real to me as my own. I have probably read this book once a year since I first discovered it, and will most likely continue to. The characters are well-developed and interesting, the plot moves incredibly fa ...more
Paul
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller and Pulp Fiction readers
Recommended to Paul by: Goodeads
My introduction to Greg Iles was a recommendation from Goodreads and I have yet to be disappointed with his thrillers. That being said, the two best books I've read by him were the first two, so the last two books, including this one, are a little bit of a letdown.

'Mortal Fear' has all the elements of every Iles book I've read: Well-drawn first person protagonist, sex and violence that in this book almost becomes gratuitous but mostly presented tastefully, a compelling story line, and a strong '
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Tim Warner
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I was afraid that the publication date (1997) would handicap a book which plot relies heavily upon computer technology. I found it to be absolutely no problem as I was drawn into the story. Greg Iles is a terrific writer. I have been thoroughly committed to each of the now four books by him which I have read. The man loves to write. And he creates stories which have all the depth one could ask for as well as , in this case, all the nail-biting suspense and page-turning frenzy one c ...more
Neil
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst being a good psychological thriller, I felt that this book was not up to the author's normal high standard. I enjoyed the fact that it was about a hunt for an elusive serial killer, and that it had a certain edginess to it, but I have to say that in parts it did feel a bit long winded.
The serial killer seems to be targeting women who belong to something called EROS, an internet based erotic chat group. No-one links the killings apart from Harper Cole, a systems operator for EROS. He wants
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Cara St.Hilaire
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Even though the technological aspect of this book is totally outdated (frequent references to AOL and Compuserve - it is kindof comical) as I write this review in 2010, it is a total page turner. The dated computer references are minute in comparison to the storyline, however. This author has the most intense character creation and he is a top-notch writer as well. The most incredible character is the villain--a completely deranged psychopath that is part genius and part erotic mess (when you le ...more
Michele
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have always said for years that this is my ALL time favorite book. You'll loose sleep over this one cuz you can't stop turning the pages. You think you have it figured out and the most unexpected happens. This book climaxes like three times but you see you have several pages to go, maybe not quite half done and you know there has to be another turn. It's been awhile but I remember a couple parts, I really should read it again. A real page turner !!!!! The first chapter is quite sexually explic ...more
Katy
Sep 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Dalton Lynne
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors and with this book he does not disappoint. Iles is truly a gifted storyteller - his ability to create characters and scenes that come to life never ceases to impress me. The story takes a while to build up to intensity, and the way certain scenes were written (specifically something that the wife does at the end) both had a hand in keeping this away from a 5-star review. But those were fairly trivial matters when the entire piece of work is taken into cont ...more
Marco den Ouden
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Greg Iles is one of my favorite writers but this book was a bit of a let-down. The plot is a bit tawdry and sordid, dealing with an psycho killer who stalks his victims in an exclusive pricey internet chat room. The book was written in the 1990s so the technology is almost ancient by today's standards (Modems, exchange of jpeg images - no face to face contact as with Skype or similar services). So as a period piece it has some interest. But the plot struck me as a bit strained and forced. Still ...more
Cheryl
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some passed this book along to me and I'm sure glad they did! Although it was written a few years ago, I really enjoyed it.

The writing is excellent and the plot sucks you in. I couldn't put it down! It's the first Greg Iles book I have read but most certainly won't be my last!
Georgia
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I had never heard of Greg Iles, until the book challenge and needed an author with my initials. Not only did we share the same initials, but we both went to the same school. It was a very well written book, with a few twists, I will read more of his books.
Philip
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the most disturbing beginnings of a book I have read. I almost stopped and moved on to something else -- but it was an audio book and I was busy. What luck. Ended up being a very good story that encouraged me to read more by Iles.
Julie
This book was a serious 4 1/2 stars. I considered rating it a full five stars, but it started off just a bit slow for my liking. However, when it took off--BAM! I couldn't put it down. What a start to a series! All I can say is wow.....
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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