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Roderick Anscombe, M.D., is a forensic psychiatrist who has interviewed more than two hundred murderers. He is an expert in the detection of deception and teaches interview technique at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of "The Interview Room," "The Secret Life of Laszlo," "Count Dracula," and "Shank," and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.Visit his Web site at


A child abduction case in the sweltering Boston summer heat has police scrambling to find vanished eight-year-old Danielle. Forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas is personally pulled into the investigation after a frantic call from his wife, Abby. Working as a volunteer for Abby, Danielle was sent on the daily coffee run and never returned. Despite the antagonistic police response to his involvement, Paul uses his unique training in lie detection as the clock ticks down on Danielle's life. Further interviewing leads to a sociopath and his partner in crime, both with a penchant for young girls. With enormous pressure from his wife, Paul must decide if he should step over his moral and ethical boundaries to save a child's life. In his second novel featuring Paul Lucas (after The Interview Room), author Anscombe, a forensic psychiatrist like his protagonist, skillfully uses his knowledge of his field to create a taut and technically precise thriller. Recommended for all popular fiction collections. [Library marketing campaign planned.-Ed.]-Joy St. John, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In Anscombe's taut thriller, his second to feature Boston forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas (after 2005's The Interview Room), Lucas looks into the abduction of nine-year-old Danielle McNeely, who vanishes while buying coffee for Paul's wife, Abby, at her social services agency. The police, who still believe Paul killed a cop despite his being cleared in The Interview Room, are reluctant to work with him, but assistant DA Brenda Gorn insists. Paul's careful interviews with the one witness, Martha Kinnard, a homeless schizophrenic, lead to Arthur and Molly Hodges, an elderly couple whose van Martha may have seen. Abby, still traumatized by the loss of their only child in an auto accident, goads Paul to save Danielle by crossing ethical boundaries. In a psychologically brutal climax, Paul risks his personal and professional future. Anscombe, himself a forensic psychiatrist, adds depth and realism with his analyses of psychotic behavior, but some readers may find the ending jarringly truncated. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Intense, bone-chilling"--"Tucson Citizen""Suspenseful and insightful." --"Booklist""A fascinating thrill ride. Roderick Anscombe has moved to the top of my must-read list."--Erica Spindler, "New York"" Times "bestselling author

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