I read this story many years ago and now can't remeber who wrote it or even what it was called. The story was about a group of elite humans who had access to a headdress that allowed them to control another human, even if they were thousands of miles away. They could use this ability to commit crimes, etc.

I think the cover may have been yellow like those published by Gollancz.

  • Oooh that's totally a Pohl novel, lemme see.. No wait maybe it isn't, but I've totally read it. Grrr.
    – Tacroy
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:54
  • Yes I though that too but I just can't find it
    – Elidh
    Jun 8, 2012 at 6:05
  • Verbal confirmation received, closing.
    – Möoz
    May 17, 2019 at 1:32
  • see high-detail Q&A for this story at scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/227214/…
    – Otis
    Feb 13, 2020 at 7:15

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Aha! Is it A Plague of Pythons, AKA Demon in the Skull, by Frederik Pohl? (here's a different cover on Amazon). According to an Amazon review, this is the back cover quote:

Something had seized his mind, something that rode his body like a speed-maniac would drive a stolen car - for he had committed atrocities against his friends and neighbors, he had done unspeakable things - and yet his own conscious mind had only stood aside and watched in horror. For a demonic intelligence had taken over inside his skull and left him a helpless observer.

The Wikipedia summary also indicates that the control is performed by means of headdresses, and that some "elite humans" are doing it.

  • Fanatstic thanks that is it
    – Elidh
    Jun 11, 2012 at 17:35

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