Monday, February 1, 2010

Psychopath by Keith Ablow

I am doing a happy dance - my paranormal romance - CALL OF THE WILDS - is being released by Siren-Bookstrand in June.

I am also insanely busy. My new blog, Gale Stanley, is set up and I'd love to have you visit and let me know what you think. I'm also playing catch-up with my reviews so please bear with me. In the mean time here's a review of one of my all time favorites.

Psychopath by Keith Ablow is one of those books that kept me up all night. I could not turn out the lights until I turned the last page. This chilling psychological thriller is the third of the Frank Clevenger novels.

Dr. Frank Clevenger is a forensic psychiatrist who has battled drug abuse and alcoholism. His notoriety has risen due to a previous case. He solved a high profile murder case and then adopted the man's traumatized son. Now his expertise is very much in demand. The FBI asks him to help in the Highway Killer case. Frank is interested but turns them down. He has problems at home. His seventeen year old adopted son, Billy, is getting into fights at school and dealing drugs. Frank is afraid he may lose custody. But when the serial killer contacts him via a letter in the newspaper he's drawn into the case. The killer is actually Jonah Wrens, a brilliant psychiatrist, who treats badly disturbed children. Wrens moves from job to job and has left a trail of bodies behind him. He is slowly losing his hold on his killer instincts and he challenges Frank to cure him.

I'm not giving away any spoilers; the identity of the villain is not a secret. Right from the beginning the reader knows who the killer is. But Frank Clevenger has no idea who he's up against. Keith Ablow is a forensic psychiatrist and he uses his medical knowledge to create Jonah Wrens. The fascinating psychopath takes center stage in this book. We follow the disintegration of a mind to the point of total madness, very scary stuff because in many ways Jonah remains a sympathetic character. We also see Frank losing his bad boy persona, getting his life back together and becoming a father. Murder, suspense and incredible character development make this a must read.

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 1, 2004)

ISBN: 978-0312996055

Mass Market Paperback: 352 Pages

Price: $6.99

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