Picks and Pans Review: A Cold Mind

updated 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by David L. Lindsey

The city-detective hero of this novel—with his gorgeous, incredibly understanding wife—lives in the most exclusive part of Houston and wears Armani jackets. He suffers from dark moods, however, and often disappears for days on end. He is investigating a case in which expensive call girls die mysteriously of a terrible illness. The killer proves to be not only brilliant and evil, but also a psychotic who is drawn to the dead. The best and most interesting "character" in the book, however, is the city—a place of steaming heat and people isolated in glass towers. "Houston has no zoning laws. The supreme authority is money. It is the impetus for manic growth, growth so uncontrolled and uninhibited that it approaches the obscene. The city lies wide open like a promiscuous and greedy woman who gives herself with abandon to anyone who can afford her and wants her. Many can and do." The pace of this novel is carefully calibrated, and though the story is farfetched, it works nicely as a medical-detective thriller. Lindsey is a book editor in Austin; this is his second novel. (Harper & Row, $13.95)

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