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A 2006 novel by Spider Robinson. Russell Walker is [[MostWritersAreWriters a political columnist]] for a Canadian newspaper. He is inadvertently dragged into the hunt for a serial killer when an old friend who happens to be a telepath shows up at his door one night.

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A 2006 novel by Spider Robinson.Creator/SpiderRobinson. Russell Walker is [[MostWritersAreWriters a political columnist]] for a Canadian newspaper. He is inadvertently dragged into the hunt for a serial killer when an old friend who happens to be a telepath shows up at his door one night.


* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: How Zandor finally kills Alan. Despite only involving one telepath, it was a real battle, as Alan's vile thoughts are so evil as to be weaponized. Zandor considered this a last resort, because he had sworn he would never do so . . . ''again''.]]

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* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: How Zandor finally kills Alan.Allen. Despite only involving one telepath, it was a real battle, as Alan's vile thoughts are so evil as to be weaponized. Zandor considered this a last resort, because he had sworn he would never do so . . . ''again''.]]



* ColdbloodedTorture: Alan's repertoire includes drugs to enhance pain, drugs to prevent his victims from passing out, a perfect painkiller that lets him break every bone in someone's body then allows them to contemplate the excruciating pain they're about to experience.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Zander, the telepath, finds close proximity to almost anyone distinctly uncomfortable. When he finally comes in close contact with Alan, this becomes a distinct disadvantage. Merely being close to a mind that viciously demented is torture for him.

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* ColdbloodedTorture: Alan's Allen's repertoire includes drugs to enhance pain, drugs to prevent his victims from passing out, a perfect painkiller that lets him break every bone in someone's body then allows them to contemplate the excruciating pain they're about to experience.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Zander, the telepath, finds close proximity to almost anyone distinctly uncomfortable. When he finally comes in close contact with Alan, Allen, this becomes a distinct disadvantage. Merely being close to a mind that viciously demented is torture for him.



* PoliceAreUseless: When Russell gets a police officer to listen to him, she can only help him as a civilian because the police can't legally act on any of the (scant) information he has on Alan.
* WriterOnBoard: The narrative occasionally lapses into lectures on why marijuana is great and conservatives are evil. Fortunately it's not too distracting for the most part.

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* PoliceAreUseless: When Russell gets a police officer to listen to him, she can only help him as a civilian because the police can't legally act on any of the (scant) information he has on Alan.
Allen.
* WriterOnBoard: The narrative occasionally lapses into lectures on why marijuana is great and conservatives are evil. Fortunately it's not too distracting for the most part.


* AuthorOnBoard: The narrative occasionally lapses into lectures on why marijuana is great and conservatives are evil. Fortunately it's not too distracting for the most part.



* PoliceAreUseless: When Russell gets a police officer to listen to him, she can only help him as a civilian because the police can't legally act on any of the (scant) information he has on Alan.

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* PoliceAreUseless: When Russell gets a police officer to listen to him, she can only help him as a civilian because the police can't legally act on any of the (scant) information he has on Alan.Alan.
* WriterOnBoard: The narrative occasionally lapses into lectures on why marijuana is great and conservatives are evil. Fortunately it's not too distracting for the most part.


* CompleteMonster: Alan, the killer they're hunting, is a wealthy hyper-sadist. At one point he boasted that his record is keeping someone dying horribly for 22 days. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like a friendly old grandfather.

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** [[spoiler: "I made his selves disbelieve in himself."]]

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* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: How Zandor finally kills Alan. Despite only involving one telepath, it was a real battle, as Alan's vile thoughts are so evil as to be weaponized. Zandor considered this a last resort, because he had sworn he would never do so . . . ''again''.]]

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* MutantDraftBoard: Apart from his difficulty dealing with the mental noise most people generate, Zander is also in hiding to avoid being drafted by any number of intelligence agencies.


* CompleteMonster: Alan, the killer they're hunting, is a wealthy hyper-sadist. At one point he boasted that his record is keeping someone dying horribly for 22 days. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like a friendly old grandfather.

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* CompleteMonster: Alan, the killer they're hunting, is a wealthy hyper-sadist. At one point he boasted that his record is keeping someone dying horribly for 22 days. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like a friendly old grandfather.grandfather.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Zander, the telepath, finds close proximity to almost anyone distinctly uncomfortable. When he finally comes in close contact with Alan, this becomes a distinct disadvantage. Merely being close to a mind that viciously demented is torture for him.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Russell, the main character, is a political columnist for a Canadian newspaper.
* PoliceAreUseless: When Russell gets a police officer to listen to him, she can only help him as a civilian because the police can't legally act on any of the (scant) information he has on Alan.


A 2006 novel by Spider Robinson. Russell Walker is [[MostWritersAreWriters a political columnist]] for a Canadian newspaper. He is inadvertently dragged into the hunt for a serial killer when an old friend who happens to be a telepath shows up at his door one night.

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A 2006 novel by Spider Robinson. Russell Walker is [[MostWritersAreWriters a political columnist]] for a Canadian newspaper. He is inadvertently dragged into the hunt for a serial killer when an old friend who happens to be a telepath shows up at his door one night.night.

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* AuthorOnBoard: The narrative occasionally lapses into lectures on why marijuana is great and conservatives are evil. Fortunately it's not too distracting for the most part.
* BlessedWithSuck: See AMindIsATerribleThingToRead below.
* ColdbloodedTorture: Alan's repertoire includes drugs to enhance pain, drugs to prevent his victims from passing out, a perfect painkiller that lets him break every bone in someone's body then allows them to contemplate the excruciating pain they're about to experience.
* CompleteMonster: Alan, the killer they're hunting, is a wealthy hyper-sadist. At one point he boasted that his record is keeping someone dying horribly for 22 days. He makes Hannibal Lecter look like a friendly old grandfather.

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