The Cold Heart of Capricorn Mass Market Paperback – Jan 15 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
An engaging protagonist makes just palatable this story's blend of forthright paranormality, questionable reality and boilerplate anti-rape crusading. Elizabeth Chase, the San Diego psychic PI who debuted in Murder in Scorpio, warns police of a future rape she has seen in a dream. The police, of course, aren't impressed. When the local serial rapist catches up with Chase's prediction, however, the cops hire her to help them, although she seems accountable to nobody. The meticulous rapist isn't done, and his most recent victim, a karate student, says he must be a trained fighter. Police introduce Chase to their favorite suspects, guys with auras that could put a psychic off her feed, but on her own she visits the rapist's four known victims and learns how the attacks have changed their lives. When a shocking murder throws the PD into disarray, only Chase remains the women's champion. Although her inquiries, normal and para, set up the dream-driven finale, the questions ignored are more interesting than those addressed. If the future is written in dreams, aren't villains as doomed to attack as victims are to be attacked? Or is it that attackers exercise free will and victims are only fate's road kill? Prediction: unless Lawrence confronts all the ramifications of having a psychic heroine, even Elizabeth Chase's endearing discomfort with her gift of perception won't save this series.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Lawrence follows her wonderful first novel (Murder in Scorpio, LJ 10/1/95) with another appearance by Elizabeth Chase, private eye and parapsychologist. This time, clueless San Diego police ask for help in capturing a violent serial rapist. Good work.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This author excels at bringing the reader into the immediacy of Elizabeth Chase's life. It's the fascinating detail that does it, I think. The fact that her mother is a leader of the community and her fund raising efforts include her daughter doing astrological readings for $500 a throw, for instance.
She is an extremely well qualified psychologist/parapsychologist, who is also psychic. But she can't rely on these abilities always being available to her, even when she is in desperate need of them. And sometimes she realises that she's misinterpreted a person's reactions under hypnosis, or ignored her own gut feeling, with devastating results.
This is one of my favourite authors, and she got even better the more she wrote. I've just read this book for a second time - I almost never read a book twice, there are too many good books out there to do that very often.
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