Perfect Killer eBook for my Mississippi Delta friends

NOTE: This book was originally published by MacMillan/Forge. I have obtained all rights back from them in order to have the flexibility to market this in new and innovative ways and keep them from burying it in “back list Hell.”


Very few books — especially modern thrillers — are set in the Mississippi Delta. But Perfect Killer is. And I am from Itta Bena and this is the book I had to wait for my mother to die before I could write it. (See PerfectKiller.Com which has a link that explains why.)
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A lot of people from the Delta have read the book. In fact, it’s been involved in a hefty Facebook discussion thread. So, to further that thread I’m offering Perfect Killer for free to my “family” in Itta Bena and the Delta.

This is actually four books in one:

  1. A medical/psychological thriller based on fact,
  2. A Southern novel and,
  3. The thinly disguised history of my Faulknerian family which includes plantation owners, a U.S. Senator, a scattering of Confederate generals and the reason I got kicked out of Ole Miss where my great-grandfather had been chancellor there.
  4. A tale about “doing the right thing” and why good people do bad things that I wrote for my son William and daughter Katherine

A smattering of reviews are below, followed by a synopsis and then the links for the ebooks.

This is an exciting novel… The plot’s premise stands up to scrutiny; and Perdue brings the [Mississippi] Delta geography to vivid life.” — Publishers Weekly

“Brilliance that only Perdue could master. He weaves a conspiracy so eerily relevant to current events and probes the ethics of hyper- advanced technology, engaging the reader in the possibility where the innocence of humanity and free will are erased.” — Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning producer of Survivor, The Contender, Eco-Challenge

“This is a fascinating book, a psychological thriller that explores the moral conflicts posed by the U.S. military’s efforts to develop a “brave pill” to turn their soldiers into more efficient killers. Lewis Perdue has written a book that deserves wide attention, not only for its literary excellence, but for the important ethical questions it raises for today’s soldier. The book well deserves to be in the running for one of the best books of the year.” — Richard A. Gabriel, Professor at the U. S. Army War College, author of 26 books, former fellow at The Brookings Institution, Hebrew University, the U.S. Army Intelligence School, the Center for the Study of Intelligence at the CIA, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

“Pure Perdue: Non-stop action from Page One and a plot that doesn’t let up. You’d better keep a box of band-aids handy….you’ll be turning pages so fast, you’ll end up with papercuts.” Lee Goldberg, Executive Producer, Diagnosis Murder and NY Times bestselling mystery writer.


Four military veterans struggle with the ghosts of war and combat. Two who sustained head wounds struggle less successfully than the other two who nevertheless must make sense of the world and endeavor to “do the right thing.”

Set against the backdrop of the violent and gothic scenes of the American South, this fact-based thriller begins when a prominent Mississippi civil rights attorney asks renowned neurosurgeon Bradford Stone to help her save the life of a white racist condemned to death for the cold case murder of a black man. Stone, a former elite Marine Recon operative has no idea that he is about to be dragged through a deadly past he thought he had escaped once and for all.

The mystery centers on a top-secret military project on military head injury cases and which has now used that data to create the ultimate human killing machine.

For more than seventy years, the Pentagon has sought the Holy Grail of combat medicine: a chemical compound that would turn ordinary soldiers into weapons of mass destruction, the Perfect Killers. Now, after decades of covert trial and error which have resulted in troubling side effects such as the My Lai massacre, Enduring Valor is ready to be implemented on a massive scale–despite devastating side-effects.

Before he knows it, Stone himself in the sights of the Project’s director, a retired general and war hero turned presidential candidate. To get back his life, and expose the truth, Stone must struggle with the South’s racist legacy, the demons of his past and penetrate the very heart of the lethal conspiracy.

Perfect Killer draws on Freedom of Information Documents that prove that the Walter Reed Medical Research Lab has experimented with just such a way to chemically enhance the warfighter’s killing ability.

In addition, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who served as a consultant to Walter Reed thinks that some cases of Gulf War syndrome frrom the first Iraq war may have resulted from unauthorized tests of that drug on unsuspecting members of the military. He writes about that in a non-fiction afterword to Perfect Killer.


“Packed with action and controversy, Perfect Killer is that rarity among thrillers-it sets your pulse racing while it makes you think.” –David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose on Perfect Killer

“In Perfect Killer, Lewis Perdue has written a smart, entertaining, and fast-paced thriller. The story is provocative too — dealing with race, racism, military practices, politics, and even string theory. Perdue reminds us that the past continues to influence the present in scary and often heartbreaking ways.” — Lisa See, NY author of China Dolls, Dragon Bones, Flower Net, The Interior

“Once again, Lewis Perdue has crafted a richly textured, troubling, and literate thriller that is engaging on every level. I feel especially close to this fine novel because it is set in the Misissippi Delta of my birth, and what can I say?– I feel like I know these people. In fact, I do know them, and the landscape they inhabit. Don’t miss this one.” — Lewis Nordan, prize-winning Southern author of The Sharpshooter Blues, Wolf Whistle, Sugar Among the Freaks

“Perfect Killer has more surprises and plot twists than an Alpine road. Once again Perdue comes through again with a credible plot that makes us wonder whether this is a thriller or a documentary.” — Craig Dirgo, co-author (with Clive Cussler) of Sea Hunter, Golden Buddha, Sacred Stone and author of The Einstein Papers.

“Totally enthralling! A book you can’t stop reading. A keeper.” — Harriet Klausner, Amazon.Com’s #1 reviewer

“Perdue pens a killer tale as he takes readers on a high-velocity ride through the world of cutting-edge science-a world where “no fear” means “no conscience.” Could the unthinkable have already happened? Read PERFECT KILLER and wonder!” — Twist Phelan, critically acclaimed author of Heir Apparent and Family Claims

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