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by Jesse Kellerman

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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Kellerman's back with this riveting tale. A modern-day take on Crime and Punishment, it's part character study, part mind-twisting journey. A perspective shift late in the novel is particularly fascinating. Fans of cerebral suspense will love this.

Frustrated philosophy graduate student Joseph Geist is in dire straits: his girlfriend's broken up with him and his adviser has discontinued his doctoral studies. A combination of desperation and snobbery -- a refusal to get a regular job -- lead him to answer a peculiar ad in the paper for a conversationalist.

Here he meets Alma Spielman, an old, infirm woman in search of company and philosophical conversation. An unlikely friendship develops, but things take a dark turn when Alma's nephew arrives. (PUTNAM, Apr., 352 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno

Publisher: PUTNAM

Published: April 2010

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