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Primal Fear

(1992)
(The first book in the Martin Vail series)
A novel by

 
 
William Diehl has written five previous best-sellers, each of them superb, selling millions of copies around the world. Yet nothing he has done before can prepare you for Primal Fear. In Chicago, a sainted archbishop is slain, mutilated, and dismembered in his rectory. Moments after the murder, an angelic-looking young man, Aaron Sampler, is found crouched in a confessional, covered with blood and clutching a butcher knife - but swearing he is innocent of the heinous act. Enter attorney Martin Vail. Vail is so good at his job, he's managed to infuriate every judge, prosecutor, and politician in Illinois. Now they're paying him back - by forcing him to defend Aaron Sampler and plead a case he cannot possibly win. But Vail is no ordinary lawyer, and the legal team he assembles is no ordinary backup squad. There's Jack Scalding, and ex-judge whose main passions in life are playing the horses and arguing the law; Tommy Goodman, Vail's top investigator, an ex-boxer studying to be a lawyer so he can follow in Vail's footsteps; Molly Arrington, a young and beautiful psychiatrist, and the one who is the first to understand the extraordinary truth that lies behind the killing of the archbishop. Once Vail begins to do what he does best - figure all the angles - so begins a court battle worthy of Presumed Innocent and a nightmare of terror every bit as horrifying as The Silence of the Lambs. A featured alternate selection of the Literary Guild, and soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, Primal Fear is a novel of brilliant suspense, memorable characters, and superb plotting, setting it apart as the thriller of the year.

Genre: Thriller    

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Used availability for William Diehl's Primal Fear

Hardback Editions

May 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-517-14411-5 / 978-0-517-14411-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-679-40211-X / 978-0-679-40211-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Villard
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November 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-434-19249-X / 978-0-434-19249-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

May 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-09-943585-3 / 978-0-09-943585-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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May 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-7493-3665-X / 978-0-7493-3665-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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January 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William DIEHL
ISBN: 0-345-38391-5 / 978-0-345-38391-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 1994 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-345-38877-1 / 978-0-345-38877-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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October 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-7493-1091-X / 978-0-7493-1091-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mandarin
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Audio Editions

April 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Primal Fear: Price-Less
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-375-40574-7 / 978-0-375-40574-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 1993 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-679-42014-2 / 978-0-679-42014-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Primal Fear (Price-Less Audio Series)
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 0-679-43414-3 / 978-0-679-43414-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 1993 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 1-56100-124-4 / 978-1-56100-124-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Unabridged Library Edition
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March 1993 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
ISBN: 1-56100-490-1 / 978-1-56100-490-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bookcassette
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Primal Fear
Author(s): William Diehl
Publisher: AEI/Story Merchant Books
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