Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kill Switch-Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene

Kill Switch

Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene

Kensington, Dec 13 2011, $24.00

ISBN 9780758266866

In 1989 in Rochester, New York eight year old BFFs Claire and Amy are jumping rope in front of the home of the former. A man in his forties arrives to introduce himself as Mr. Winslow, a friend of Amy’s dad who was hurt in an accident and is in Strong memorial Hospital but wants to see his daughter. That was the last time Claire saw Amy though the trauma and survivor guilt remain with her as a forensic psychiatrist working at Rikers Island.

Claire’s mentor Dr. Paul “Dr. Oz of Forensic Psychiatry” Curtin believes she could be one of the greats with her uncanny ability to work with the amoral untreatable. However, he is concerned with the way she acts discombobulated with feelings of self hating failure while working with inmate Todd Quimby, whose mother murdered his father. That violent fiasco leads Curtin to assign Claire to assist NYPD Manhattan South Detective Nick Lawler, who just returned to the job after dealing with his wife’s suicide, on his hunt for a serial killer in which Quimby is a suspect.

This is an exciting police procedural starring two emotionally flawed individuals. The story line is fast-paced starting with the interview at Rikers and never slows down until the final confrontation. Filled with twists especially a terrific late one, readers will enjoy this entertaining taut suspense thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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