Death Match

Death Match

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success, and legendary secrecy, has inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple - they were Eden's first perfect match.

A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick - and quiet - investigation into the deaths. Lash's psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious, but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead -- by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden - particularly Richard Silver, the company's brilliant and reclusive founder - has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash's surprise, deliver on Eden's promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect, lifelong mate. But Lash's involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins.

With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, DEATH MATCH is Child at his best.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004
ISBN: 9780307948816
Branch Call Number: CHIL
Characteristics: 356 p


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Jun 19, 2016

Solid plotting. Interesting presentation of the super computer taken to the next step...or,perhaps taking the next step.

This is only my second Lincoln Child novel and I will be reading more. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good plotting, intrigue, believable characters, and a "what the heck..." ending.

naominurgitz Sep 30, 2013

not well written
wouldn`t read this author again

May 07, 2013

It was entertaining but the big "surprise" at the end is really no surprise at all. I felt like I was reading the script for a made-for-TV movie, and not necessarily a very good one

Mar 19, 2013

Great read - as usual Lincoln Child does not disappoint

KileyP May 04, 2012

Techno-thrillers are everywhere these days, and Lincoln Child brings his own unique view and writing style to the sub-genre with Death Match - where online dating becomes an even more scary prospect. While some of us may dream of the day that a computer can simply tell us who our Mr. or Mrs. Right is, Child scares us with what could happen if that goes wrong. Fans of Child won't be disappointed, and techno-thriller lovers should give this a try; the personal aspect with the online dating is more evolved and leads to a more realistic techno-thrill ride!

Incinerated_Newt Mar 11, 2011

Good premise, but it's far longer than it needs to be. If the author had just summed up, this could have been a good techno-suspense story.

teacupfaerie Mar 01, 2011

Computer nerds everywhere should read this. The future???

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