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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Shades of Jack the Ripper haunt Kellerman’s newest scary and gruesome thriller. Although Alex Delaware and Lt. Milo Sturgis have faced baffling and bloody cases before, this one is especially disturbing. This book also explores the dark side of the mental health care system and the ramifications of its failure. Kellerman’s twisty psychological suspense is addictive reading.
From the tone of Milo’s voice, Alex knows this case is going to be a bad one, but he is truly appalled when he sees Vita Berlin eviscerated in a grotesque tableau. From all accounts Vita was an acid-tongued harridan, but who would hate her this much? Then a mild-mannered accountant is found similarly carved up, with the only clue a paper with a giant question mark on it. As Milo and Alex look for clues and ties between the victims, Alex finds a thread that leads him back to a long-shuttered mental institution where he once interned. As more ghastly killings occur, the pressure is on to find the links between madness and murder before the killer strikes again. (BALLANTINE, Mar., 352 pp., $28.00)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: March 2012