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The Syndrome: A Thriller
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John Case is the pseudonym of an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Genesis Code and The First Horseman, as well as two nonfiction books about the U.S. intelligence community. He lives in Afton, Virginia.

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In this psych-tech thriller, clinical psychologist Jeff Duran confronts unknown killers and identity thieves after one of his patients commits suicide. His patient's attorney-sister, Adrienne, suspicious of the suicide's circumstances and Duran's credibility as a psychologist, hires a private detective to investigate. The PI's murder and attempts on Jeff's and Adrienne's lives unite them against a conspiracy involving brain implants and political crimes. Dick Hill's engrossing reading is marred by undertones that become inaudible in an automobile and inconsistency in Adrienne's voice. Still, recommended where The X-Files is popular. Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

The always intriguing Case (The Genesis Code; The First Horseman) poses another troubling question for the ages in his latest biospeculative thriller. Just what happened to the U.S. government's secret mind-control experiments of the 1960s? In this diverting fictional juggernaut, a shadowy private enterprise, the Prudhomme Clinic, took over where the government left off. It is now kidnapping people, wiping their memories clean and turning them into assassins who target international leaders whom the Prudhomme believes are destabilizing world order. The whole operation, however, is jeopardized when one recreated human, Jeff Duran, manages to break the spell and start questioning who he is, and more importantly, who he was before a computer chip was implanted in his brain. He teams up in his quest with Adrienne Cope, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who has been baffled by the suicide of her sister, who, unbeknownst to Adrienne, was one of the Prudhomme's most skilled killers. Soon after the two begin poking around, they find their lives are in peril. They begin a frantic search for information, dodging attempts on their lives and making one bone-chilling discovery after another. They ultimately find themselves rushing off to Switzerland not only to confront the Prudhomme's leader, but to save the life of Nelson Mandela, who has been targeted for assassination. Explanations of the history and techniques of mind-control experiments as well as the psychology of amnesia add a realistic overlay to what otherwise might have been a fairly formulaic thriller. Case, revealed here for the first time to be the husband-and-wife writing team of Jim and Carolyn Hougan of Virginia, shows the sort of sure-handed storytelling that made their first two books such hot sellers. National ad campaign; author appearances in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. (May 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"A TOP-NOTCH YARN . . . THE ALWAYS-INTRIGUING JOHN CASE IS BACK. . . . Filled with fascinating details on the research and history of behavior control, The Syndrome delivers the thrills."
-Chicago Tribune

"PERFECT . . . THIS BOOK HAS HOLLYWOOD MEGAMOVIE WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. . . . A HIGHLY ENTERTAINING THRILLER."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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