"fascinating crime thriller"
Brooke and Tess are identical twin girls born to
billionaire Darwin Bishop and his beautifully charismatic
wife Julia. They also have two adopted sons, Graham the
golden boy and sixteen year old Billy who has been in and
out of psychiatric institutions all his life and is known
to the local authorities for his violent behavior.
When Brooke unexpectedly dies, Darwin immediately thinks
that his son murdered his sister. Nantucket police officer
North Anderson isn't convinced that Billy is guilty and
brings forensic psychologist Dr. Frank Clevenger on the
case. Frank believes that everyone that was in the house
except for baby Tess is a likely suspect and he risks his
own life to uncover the truth.
The moment one starts reading this fascinating crime
thriller one is compelled to finish it in one sitting.
Like the protagonist, readers will find it hard, if not
impossible, to figure out who killed the infant because all
the suspects have motives, meaning and opportunity. Keith
Ablow is a gifted storyteller who has written an exceptional
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 2, 2002
Dr. Frank Clevenger, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, is
eager to leave the world of the criminally insane
behind-until he receives a chilling call. Close friend and
former colleague North Anderson, now Chief of Police on the
exclusive island of Nantucket, desperately needs Clevenger's
help. One of the infant twin daughters of billionaire Darwin
Bishop has been murdered in her crib at the family estate.
The lead suspect is her adoptive brother Billy, and
investigators believe the fugitive teenage sociopath might
target the surviving twin.
But as Clevenger maps the Bishop family psyche, he uncovers
raging emotional and psychosexual dynamics that suggest
Billy may be innocent. The killer could be billionaire
Darwin Bishop himself, a polished but ruthless entrepreneur.
Or perhaps Julia, his stunning socialite wife, is less a
grieving mother than a manipulative seductress with dark
secrets to hide. Then there is Darwin Bishop's other son,
Garret, a top student and star athlete who despises his
father for reasons he refuses to reveal.
The deeper Clevenger delves into the Bishop family, the more
his own emotional demons surface. But finding the truth
means he will have to dig deeper still, plumbing the depths
of each family member's psychopathology, risking
everything-including his sanity and his life. With another
infant in mortal danger, Clevenger, lost in the bizarre
emotional world of the Bishops, must summon every skill at
his disposal to lay the ultimate psychological trap for the
real killer, building to a finale you will never forget.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller