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The Cold Heart of Capricorn
by Martha C. Lawrence
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Hardcover - 240 pages (January 1997)
St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312145691 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 8.49 x 5.71
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From Booklist , January 1, 1997
Elizabeth Chase is a serious San Diego psychic whose prodigious ability to see into the future has endeared her to the local cops. Baffled by a series of brutal rapes, the police turn to Elizabeth, hoping she can either form a mental picture of the perp or figure out when he'll strike again. Elizabeth suggests that she interview the victims, hoping their descriptions of the rapes will help her visualize some useful clues. Only one woman is forthcoming, but even the paranormal comes up short until some clever sleuthing leads Elizabeth right into the arms of the killer. Despite the story's noticeable lack of depth, Lawrence's unique heroine and mile-a-minute action make her latest astrological mystery a solid acquisition for all but the smallest collections. Emily Melton
Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Kirkus Reviews , November 1, 1996
What do the San Diego police do when a serial rapist assaults four women with frighteningly increasing violence, but without leaving a trace of physical evidence? They call on Dr. Elizabeth Chase, the psychic/shamus who described the site of the fourth rape in tantalizing detail two months before it happened. Elizabeth's rare gifts of empathy and second sight, coupled with the Glock she carries, make her a natural partner for Det. Dianna Powers, head of the Sex Crimes Task Force in charge of the case. But although matter-of-fact Elizabeth gets flashes of insight from examining the crime scenes and the victims' belongings, she learns more about the victims than about their attacker, whom she can't pick out from among a cast that includes violent, unconvicted rapist Richard Zimmer and Bobby Morgan, the suspect conveniently skulking around the neighborhood of the latest assault. Even putting Thomasina Wilson, the fourth victim, under hypnosis only reawakens traumatic memories and unearths puzzling contradictions in her story (how was she able to see her attacker's face if he wore a mask?). Only the shotgunning of a likable San Diego cop will galvanize Elizabeth to put together the pieces in a final flash you don't have to be psychic to foresee. Altogether, an improvement on Lawrence's debut (Murder in Scorpio, 1995), with Elizabeth wasting less time protesting about her uniquely uncanny crime-fighting credentials, and the victims' pain and rage providing a harder edge. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Parapsychologist and licensed P.I. Elizabeth Chase returns to investigate a brutal San Diego rape case. Her first step is to hypnotize the victims, hpoing to unearth clues buried in their subconscious memories. Success seems imminent, but when her interpretations have devastating results, Elizabeth tries to back off from the case--only to find herself getting closer and closer to the deadly conclusion.

Parapsychologist and licensed P.I. Elizabeth Chase can "see" details from crime scenes. She knows the outcomes before they happen. Chase's first step is to hypnotize the victims, hoping to unearth vital information from their subconscious memories. But when her interpretations have devastating results, she tries to back off the case--only to find herself drawing nearer and nearer to the deadly conclusion. --This text refers to the mass market paperback edition of this title

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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars Number of Reviews: 2

John Russell<> from San Angelo, Texas , April 29, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
Martha C. Lawrence's psychic protagonist, Elizabeth Chase, is a refreshing entry into the genre of mysteries, particularly those engaging the realm of the paranormal. As I'm a professional psychic with over 25 years experience performing readings for my clients, and having personally encountered a barrage of extraordinary paranormal phenomena, I can vouch for the fact that Elizabeth Chase's experiences come across as realistic and credible. She's oftentimes as perplexed by her psychic ability's inconsistency (or rather maybe her occasional inability to decipher its messages) as she is enthralled when accurately aided by it. Not only does Martha C. Lawrence accurately portray the foibles of the paranormal realm in her writings, she has keen insights into human nature and relationships, and her writing is top-notch: fast-paced, consistent, believable and intriguing. Elizabeth Chase comes across as a protagonist you not only can identify with, but that you feel you already know. And the friendship is a delightful one. You don't have to be a fan of the paranormal to enjoy these excellent reads, just a mystery lover who enjoys fresh, exciting writing by an award-nominated author who is sure to continue to make a splash in the field! Enjoy! --This text refers to the mass market paperback edition of this title

A reader from San Diego , September 19, 1997 5 out of 5 stars
Perceptive....Not Wierd!
I have to admit when I read the first Martha C. Lawrence book(Murder in Scorpio) I was a skeptic about the physic hook. Let me just say I was quickly convinced that I had made a good choice of what to read. Dr. Elizabeth Chase is clever, insightful, funny and oh yeah, she sometimes percieves something before it happens! I found the story to be very believeable as well as thrilling and exciting. The love interest is also good. I am looking foreward to the third in this series.


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