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Perfect Killer
     

Perfect Killer

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by Lewis Perdue
 

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When a prominent Mississippi civil rights attorney asks renowned neurosurgeon Bradford Stone to help her save the life of a white racist condemned to death for the cold case murder of a black man, he has no idea that he is about to be dragged through a deadly past he thought he had escaped once and for all.

Stone, the disinherited scion of a powerful Delta Planter

Overview

When a prominent Mississippi civil rights attorney asks renowned neurosurgeon Bradford Stone to help her save the life of a white racist condemned to death for the cold case murder of a black man, he has no idea that he is about to be dragged through a deadly past he thought he had escaped once and for all.

Stone, the disinherited scion of a powerful Delta Planter family, has no premonition that he is about live through the hellish proof of William Faulkner's axiom that, "The past isn't over; it's not even past."

Set mostly in Mississippi - primarily the Delta region where the real-life gothic exceeds the most outlandish Flannery O'Connor story - Perfect Killer tells the story of a future which can never break free of the past.

The mystery is centered in the Mississippi Delta in a top-secret military project begun decades ago in a facility once housing German POWs. The program, Project Enduring Valor, is designed to create the ultimate human killing machine. For over seventy years, has sought the Holy Grail of combat medicine: a chemical compound that would turn ordinary soldiers into weapons of mass destruction, the Perfect Killers. Now, after decades of covert trial and error which have resulted in troubling side effects such as the My Lai massacre, Enduring Valor is ready to be implemented on a massive scale--despite a few troubling side-effects.

Before he knows it, Stone himself in the sights of the Project's director, a retired general and war hero turned presidential candidate. To get back his life, and expose the truth, Stone must struggle with the South's racist legacy, the demons of his past and penetrate the very heart of the lethal conspiracy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Not many thrillers end with a bibliography of several dozen actual nonfiction books, but Perdue's prodigious and intriguing new novel (after 2004's Slatewiper) has one-plus appendixes that are probably fiction because they include quotes from the novel's star players. Dr. Bradford Stone, "legendary Marine recon operative turned healer and scientist," makes it his business to find out who's behind a massive secret plan to turn the drug Xantaeus loose on a reduced but much more effective army in places like Iraq-especially after the love of his life, a black activist in the Mississippi Delta country, is killed by a female sniper involved in the conspiracy. Stone and the murdered activist's daughter are credible characters; the plot's premise stands up to scrutiny; and Perdue brings the Delta geography to vivid life. Even though the writing occasionally slips into some awkward phrasing ("Gabriel had paid scant attention and given no real thought to those critics, preferring to believe the day of the nondepleting neurotrop would never come"), this is an exciting novel. Agent, Natasha Kern. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Packed with action and controversy, Perfect Killer is that rarity among thrillers-it sets your pulse racing while it makes you think."--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose on Perfect Killer

"Brilliance that only Perdue could master."--Mark Burnett, creator of the television series Survivor on Perfect Killer

"Fast as a hollow-point bullet, Perfect Killer by Lewis Perdue explodes across decades and continents in a titanic and memorable adventure story. From national politics to war, quantum physics to racism, Perdue peels back the complex layers of today's world with scalpel-like surety."--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Coil on Perfect Killer

"A smart, entertaining, and fast-paced thriller."--Lisa See, author of Dragon Bones on Perfect Killer

"Perdue has written a book that deserves wide attention, not only for its literary excellence, but for the important ethical questions it raises for today's soldier. The book well deserves to be in the running for one of the best books of the year."--Richard A. Gabriel, author of No More Heroes: Madness and Psychiatry in War on Perfect Killer

"Once again Perdue comes through again with a credible plot that makes us wonder whether this is a thriller or a documentary."--Craig Dirgo, author of The Einstein Papers on Perfect Killer

New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose - David Morrell
Packed with action and controversy, Perfect Killer is that rarity among thrillers—it sets your pulse racing while it makes you think
creator of the television series Survivor - Mark Burnett
"Brilliance that only Perdue could master.
author of Dragon Bones - Lisa See
"A smart, entertaining, and fast-paced thriller.
author of The Sharpshooter Blues - Lewis Nordan
Once again Perdue has crafted a richly textured, troubling, and literate thriller that is engaging on every level
author of No More Heroes: Madness and Psychiatry i Richard A. Gabriel
"A book that deserves wide attention for the important ethical questions it raises for today's soldier.
author of The Einstein Papers - Craig Dirgo
Once again Perdue comes through again with a credible plot that makes us wonder whether this is a thriller or a documentary
New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherho David Morrell

Packed with action and controversy, Perfect Killer is that rarity among thrillers--it sets your pulse racing while it makes you think
creator of the television series Survivor Mark Burnett

"Brilliance that only Perdue could master."
author of Dragon Bones Lisa See

"A smart, entertaining, and fast-paced thriller."
author of The Sharpshooter Blues Lewis Nordan

Once again Perdue has crafted a richly textured, troubling, and literate thriller that is engaging on every level
author of No More Heroes: Madness and Psychiat Richard A. Gabriel

"A book that deserves wide attention for the important ethical questions it raises for today's soldier."
author of The Einstein Papers Craig Dirgo

Once again Perdue comes through again with a credible plot that makes us wonder whether this is a thriller or a documentary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452802299
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/15/2010
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS PERDUE is the New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of God and The Da Vinci Legacy. He lives in Sonoma, California.

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Perfect Killer 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is by far the worst book i have read in looooong time. Time waisting,IMHO.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Mississippi neurosurgeon Dr. Bradford Stone is stunned when an assassin kills Vanessa Thompson, the woman he has loved since they dated in high school. Unable to accept that her work as a former SEC chair or as an attorney would lead to a sniper killing her, and knowing what she said about a need to talk and also realizing someone wants him dead too, Brad flees. --- While on the run, the former marine recon officer Brad applies his military skills to learn about a seven decade old top secret military experiment Project Valor that would turn people into super killing soldiers and that his beloved was a victim of one of these chemically altered troops. Shocked, he discovers that the military is using the drug Xantaeus to geometrically increase the effectiveness of the war fighters while reducing costs Vanessa was murdered for what she knew. Brad also realizes he is on a hit list because he knows that the Pentagon is planning massive dosages of this combat chemical ignoring deadly psychopathic side effects and that one enhanced vet is running for the White House with a strong possibility of victory that candidate wants Brad dead now. --- PERFECT KILLER is a terrific thriller that feels as if the key ingredient, the military combat medicine experiments could happen. Adding to the feel of authenticity are a bibliography of real nonfiction books (supporting the overall premise) and four appendices that ¿substantiate¿ the medical experiments. Brad is a fabulous protagonist as he is on the run yet continues his efforts to learn the truth. Conspiratorial thriller fans will have a field day with Lewis Perdue¿s near perfect killer of a tale. --- Harriet Klausner