Doc Powers, is a forensic psychiatrist; now one of a panel of three who must determine whether parental murderer, Leech, is eligible for parole, half a life-time after eighteen year old Leech stood trial. Outnumbered two to one, Doc is troubled to see the psychopath go free, as his testimony helped put him behind bars all those years ago. Judy Finch, beautiful parole officer, wants to give Leech a chance, convinced that he is a reformed man.
Not only is Leech determined to avenge himself on Doc for putting him behind bars, he is fixated on Judy, convinced that she will be his own. The author paints a believable and scary portrait of the deranged serial killer.
As Leech prepares to cut down members of the team that incarcerated him, including his own brother, Doc is fighting his own nightmares. Fearing for his sanity, drinking too much, enduring guilt over the death of his pregnant wife, Judy becomes a rock in his unstable world. For all his training, Doc is a little less convincing in his despair and Judy almost too good to be true, but that doesn’t spoil the empathy.
As the purported no.1 in a series, and a partnership between Doc and Detective Inspector Jack Carver, we hardly see much of Carver until the last quarter, but supposedly, that gives us something to look forward to in the series as it grows.
This is promising. Except for the odd wobble, I enjoyed the read and have no doubt this is a series that will go from strength to strength. A great eyecatching cover, too.
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