Fatal Analysis

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Mesmerizing struggle unfolds as respected psychologist becomes certain manipulative patient is serial killer.

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Psychologist Martin Obler's newest patient, Devon Cardou, is a brilliant, charismatic, disturbed young man having violent, bloody dreams. Though Obler tries to help Devon cope with reality, the doctor grows more and more uneasy, when he reads in the newspapers about a recent series of murders. The grizzly details sound horrifyingly familiar. As Obler enters the mind of a madman, he finds himself caught in a terrifying web of manipulation, deceit, suspicion and danger. Torn between his oath of confidentiality, loyalty to his patient and the pressing desire to protect society, Obler's ethical and moral dilemma has begun... Then the doctor finds out his own fiance is being stalked. Suddenly, what had been a professional, intellectual quandary becomes a personal, real life nightmare.

From Library Journal:

This potentially riveting story of New York City therapist Obler's (Moira, New Horizon, 1993) sessions with a patient he comes strongly to suspect of being an ongoing, vicious serial killer suffers from a credibility gap. The reader sympathizes with Obler's dilemma over confidentiality and professional ethics, but when the patient kidnaps, binds, and gags Obler's fiancee?who is rescued by Obler in a feat of derring-do?it seems mind-boggling that the police are not contacted. Instead, in a final confrontation, the patient is persuaded to desist from his violent tendencies and later becomes a successful lawyer. The authors note that the book "was inspired by and is based on" Obler's experiences and that some chronology, names, locations?and even "events"?have been "changed or altered." Coupled with a melodramatic approach and soap-opera dialog, this tale is over the top. Not recommended.?Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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