Lee Lindauer: Irrational Fears

Irrational Fears

After witnessing the horrifying murder of her friend Tom Haley, Mallory Lowe, a cautious university mathematics professor, must emerge from her cocoon to become the gutsy and unpredictable woman she’s always dreamed of being. Running on the guilt of a past family tragedy that she blames on herself, Mallory is determined to find Tom’s now-missing daughter.

Following the clues of a 300 year-old equation left by Tom, Mallory’s search propels her into the tangled threads of a ruthless corporate entity known as Möbius, bent on controlling the world’s most precious resource: fresh water.

Along the way, Mallory is joined by CIA agent Lane McKenzie, who used Tom Haley as an operative to infiltrate Möbius and expose their corruption of government officials. Now, he’s using Mallory to do the same, but without her knowledge. Sinking deeper into a pit of questionable ethics, he shadows her as she is propelled along a perilous journey from the southwest United States through the breathtaking landscape of Switzerland and into the inner workings of a massive hydroelectric dam in Turkey.

Caught between Möbius’ inner circle and a renegade associate, Mallory solves the riddle of the centuries old mathematical equation—only to discover something more ominous and deadly in the process. Mallory must reignite her mathematical mind and again put her life at risk if she hopes to stop Möbius from unleashing this looming threat.


“Thriller aficionados will revel in this high-stakes read that packs a wallop. There are alliances and betrayals galore—all within a plot that is nothing short of chilling and foreboding.”
—Steve Berry, NYT bestselling author

“A smashing debut, Irrational Fears is an action-packed, globetrotting adventure, and Lee Lindauer is the heir apparent to adventure thrillers.”
—Anthony Franze, author of The Outsider
Irrational Fears weaves age-old mathematics and the world’s most essential resource with unique characters and unrelenting tension.”
—Bob Mayer, NYT bestselling author
“Lindauer creates an engaging narrative…an intriguing math-centric storyline.”
Kirkus Reviews
Distinguished Favorite winner for 2021 in the Thriller Category
—NYC Big Book Award
Distinguished Favorite winner for 2021 in the Thriller Category
—Independent Press Awards