by Jonathan Kellerman
- reviewed by Andrea
Get ready for another glimpse into the muddled mind
of madness through the analytical eyes of Dr. Alex Delaware.
Jonathan Kellerman's smooth and sharp protagonist
is back in action with rough-around-the-edges Det. Milo Sturgis,
and the author wastes no time introducing the reader to the fragmented
world of the insane.
Welcome to Starkweather Hospital for the Criminally
Insane. Meet larger-than-life Chet, a member of the wacko clan.
"The Giant knew Richard Nixon," the book begins- and it gets even
A slobbering, long-speechless psychotic has been locked
away at Starkweather for years following his conviction for a grisly
multiple murder. Ardis Peake may now hold the key to solving a new
series of sicko slayings.
First an outgoing, young male actor turns up in two
parts- sawn in half in the trunk of a car. Then a bright but reclusive
female doctor meets a similiarly gruesome end. What's the connection?
And where are the victims' eyes?
Enter forensic psychologist Delaware and his LAPD
pal, who search for answers to such questions in a madman's jumbled
ramblings and troubled past. What they find is likely to keep you
awake at night.
Kellerman weaves a masterful tale, leading the reader
through a dark and twisting labyrinth of disjointed clues and surprise
You may never look at eyeballs the same way again.
Brown-Hurley is a journalist living in Hagerstown, Md. She often
sleeps with her light on.