by Don Passman

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ISBN-13: 9780446608312
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

With a lifelong interest in magic, DON PASSMAN is listed as one of the best attorneys in the country. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practices with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, specializing in the music business. He is the author of the nonfiction bestseller, All You Need to Know About the Music Business, and two novels, The Visionary and Mirage.

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Chapter One

Lisa's head snapped forward with such force that it almost hit the coffee table. Within moments she was sweating profusely, and the room seemed to pulsate around her.

The evening had started routinely enough, save her exhaustion from the Latham meeting. The accounting firm where she worked, Engle & Loren, had been pitching the Latham Oil account for two years, and today they'd had a meeting with the company's decision makers. The six-hour "dog and pony show" had been in Latham's conference room, where the ceiling lights glared off a polished table directly into her eyes.

It was almost 9:00 p.m. when Lisa dragged herself into the bedroom of her West Los Angeles apartment. She dropped her clothes onto the floor, shook her blond hair free of the barrette, and splashed cold water on her face. She didn't have the energy to dry her face before moving to the living room, where she fell onto the tan couch and let the soft material envelop her.

Lisa had two reports due tomorrow, and she knew that if she didn't get to them quickly she'd risk zoning out for the night. So she stifled a yawn, folded one leg underneath her, and spread out the thick set of financials on her chrome-and-glass coffee table.

An hour or so later, it began. The episode started like the others: images flashing in her head like photos under a strobe light; visions striking her so rapidly that she sensed them more than saw them. She knew these incidents passed within a few minutes if she just relaxed, so she took a deep breath and laid her head back against the couch.

The first images were from her childhood. Thepetite Filipina nurse, from the hospital where Lisa had been taken after her injury. The AstroTurf thrown unevenly across a mound of freshly dug dirt. And a red-haired girl she couldn't quite place. All remnants of her psychic experiences twenty years earlier.

Suddenly she was seized by a new image: a tableau caught in a powerful camera flash, then shrouded in shadows after the burst of light. As she realized what she was seeing, her head involuntarily snapped forward, and she felt a jolt of electric current rip through her.

Lisa didn't recognize the young woman in her vision. A blond girl, apparently in her twenties. The woman was trapped in an empty room, screaming and running from an unseen terror. She couldn't find a place to hide, so she curled herself into a fetal position and covered her eyes, as if that could somehow shield her.

Lisa tried to look away, yet felt as if her head were being held, forcing her to watch. The spasms in her body became so intense that she fell roughly to the floor, scraping her face against the coarse carpet.

The images continued their assault. The nurse; the redhead; the AstroTurf; the terrified young woman who seemed to be pleading for Lisa's help. Film clips projected on top of each other. Their soundtracks screaming for her attention. She began to pound the sides of her head with her fists, hoping it would jar the visions loose.

Several minutes later, the wave of images began to break apart. Feelings returned to the tips of her fingers, and as soon as she had enough control, she pushed herself to the window and flung it open. Then she took deep gasps of the cold night air, as if she had broken the surface of a dark pool just before drowning.

She had been foolish to think these episodes wouldn't intensify. Her attempts to deal with them on her own now seemed impotent, almost silly.

She had to do something more drastic.

And she had no idea what.

The figure watched from across the street, camouflaged in nighttime shadows. Adopting a mutt from the pound had been a brilliant stroke; everyone looks friendly and innocent with a puppy on a leash, and it's natural to stop and let them do their thing on the grass. So, night or day, you can look around all you want and be practically invisible. The last dog had been better; cuter, less conspicuous. This one had matted black hair and scratched constantly. Not that it mattered. The little bitch would get left on the streets later tonight, just like the others.

Across the street was the woman with shoulder-length hair. She was laughing and walking up to her apartment with that tall man. He looked like a wimp who couldn't protect her, yet everything had to be right. Which meant nobody else around. So if the wimp didn't take off in the next few minutes, it would have to be tomorrow night. Or the next. There was always time to do it right. And never time to do it over.

The dog strained against the leash, trying to run toward the couple across the street. As the dog's collar tightened, the mutt started coughing. The young woman glanced toward the sound, and the figure retreated into the shadows. After staring for a moment, the couple went back to their conversation.

Finally, the woman kissed the tall man on the cheek. As she turned to watch him amble away, her face was backlit by the porch light. She looked perfect. The best one yet. Sometimes the anticipation was almost as orgasmic as the event.

A light went on in the young woman's bedroom. The bedroom with a window she never locked.

A few moments later, the little dog scampered away, dragging the leash behind it.

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Visionary 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the first third of the book was great but then the rest of it was too predictable. the main characters in the book were kinda flat so that made the whole book really boring and annoying to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a preference for true crime books. But this one piqued my interest. I have to admit that this is the best fiction book I've read since the book "Monster." I read the book in a matter of 4 hours. I just couldn't put it down and afterward I couldn't sleep without opening my eyes every five minutes. I was a nervous wreck but in a good way. To think that these types of crimes do occur, believe me I babysit these murderers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner full of twists! I hope more 'Rennick and Talon' novels follow this one! I am definitely passing this book with high recommendations on to my friends and family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good mystery to read and I'd enjoyed it. I really didn't know who the person was but then clues started to flow in my mind and I figured it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm not familiar with the author, but i couldn't put it down. well drawn characters, and especially clever ending. this is a good one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'd never heard of this author, but i couldn't put down the book. it's a grabber from the start. check it out. passman goes on my 'must read' list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the ending figured out two thirds of the way through this book. It was so obvious I didn't even bother to finish. The characters were so poorly developed. I didn't care one wit for any of them. Too bad the author didn't spend more time creating characters one could like or hate. Nothing bothers me more than spending a few hours on a book, hoping it will 'grab' you, and then just giving up on it. I got as far as chapter 51 and just couldn't bear to go any further. I felt like I was reading a book I had read before. Or watching a mystery that I already knew the ending to. I admit that it could be an entertaining read....if one had never read a book by Diehl or Cornwell first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Murder/Mysteries, I have just the book for you! VISIONARY by Don Passman. This is definitely the best Mystery I've read in quite a while. And believe me, I go through a lot of them! You'll love it! Good Readings! OK
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Don Passman's first foray into the thiller genre and I have to say it was a good read with plenty of suspense. I have read his previous music books and have enjoyed them for the same reasons I liked The Visionary- a precise and creative writing style! I highly recommend picking it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading The Visionary by Don Passman. This thriller is captivatity. It kept my interest on every page. I recommend this title to any readers seeking a good thrill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. At times it takes you on the edge of reality. This book takes you away from the nightmares of the real world and shows what is really out there. Great [lawyer's] work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa Cleary is the beautiful woman on the climb to the top of the prestigious accounting firm where she works...She is also having disturbing, explicit dreams of murdered women. Danny Talon is the LAPD cop hell-bent on solving the vicious murders of 3 young women. Michael Rennick is the bestselling author/UCLA psychiatrist-lawyer, whose experience with the human psyche, as well as being friends with one of the victims forces him to a decision he was not ready to make. Lisa and Danny both need the help of Dr. Rennick, Lisa needs answers as to what is happening to her, and Danny needs to stop the vicious serial killer. Rennick agrees to help both, by gettting involved with Danny he must try to figure out any clue that could help bring down this killer, and to take Lisa on as a patient. After a few sessions, Rennick realizes Lisa is actually seeing the victims in her dreams. Lisa, Danny and Rennick must work together to stop the madman. 'The Visionary' is such a good book, it has all the excitement one can expect from a thriller...It is well written, has great characters, an awsome plot and so much suspense, you won't be able to stop turning the pages. I finished the book in one sitting...It is that good. If you are looking for great entertainment (and that is what this book is... ENTERTAINMENT), do yourself a favor and read 'The Visionary'. I eagerly await the next novel from Don Passman, who deserves to be a hugely successful author.