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The Delilah Complex

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    The Delilah Complex is a fast, sexy mystery that continues the t

    The Delilah Complex is a fast, sexy mystery that continues the tales of The Butterfield Institute. It revolves around the Scarlet Society and its members which are made up of dominatrix women and their submissive men.
    However someone is killing off the men and the Society faces being revealed or helping stop the killings. Throw in a healthy dose of S & M with the blood and gore and you end up with a fast paced fun read.
    What M J Rose does really well here is that you cannot limit this book as erotica or mystery as she does both so well here without diminishing the other.
    An excellannt read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Page Turner

    This book was riveting and captivating. I've read both the Halo Effect and now this novel by Rose and haven't read a disappointing page. Pure psychological thrills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006


    I will admit, I loved the Halo Effect! It was a great novel. The Delilah Complex, however, is not. Every aspect of this novel is bad! The relationships between the characters seemed forced for proggression of the story, there is a terrible balance of description and dialogue, and the ending is very underwhelming. If you want to read a great novel with a therapist as the protagonist, read anything by Steven White. Bottom Line: This novel is horrible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006


    This is the first time I have read M. J. Rose and I just didn't understand the point. The male cops were clueless as to what was going on and the reader was purposely mislead. The whole book was about how powerful women are and the men are subservant and stupid. I certainly don't know any men who crave the humilation that her characters want. Tami Hoag is a female writer whom I respect. This novel was trashy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Delilah Complex

    After the Magdalene murders, Dr. Morgan Snow has become a celebrity. It's this fame that draws the Scarlet Society to her, for her resolution in not betraying her client then tells the members she will not do so now. That resolve will be severely tried, however, over the course of this case. The Scarlet Society is a group of socially elite women who meet to indulge in perverse games they play with chosen men in secret. Now, one of those men has become a victim of homicide and they need counseling to deal with it. Then, more victims appear, all of them the toys of the Scarlet women. Dr. Snow considers calling the cops, particularly the cop she's interested in, more than once, especially after she is in danger herself. In a case that runs down to the wire, Morgan Snow will be challenged on many levels, personally and professionally. ................ Ms. Rose balances the elements of her story as delicately as humanly possible. Though the nature of the crimes is sexual, that aspect is kept at arm's length. Amid all the tension charged moments are rare, sweet ones that make Morgan more real to the reader. Her protective instincts for her daughter are touching and warm, adding a human element that keeps the story grounded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    Delilah Complex

    Dr. Morgan Shaw is a therapist at the Butterfield Institute. In all her years of work no person or group has ever asked her to sign a confidentially agreement. Morgan is insulted that this one has, but decides to sign it in the end. This new patient is really a group of twelve women who are part of a secret club, The Scarlet Society. None of the women really know the identities of the others. The group invite selected men to share anonymous pleasures of the night with them. The men are willing participates and always subservient to the women. ......................... The Scarlet Society is shaking from its very foundation due to the murder of a male member. The women need to know how to grieve for a man that they cannot even admit they knew. The number one is inked on the soles of his feet, so no one is totally surprised when the number two appears on the second victim. ............................... All information and photos of the victims are sent to NY Times news reporter Betsy Young. It is only through Betsy's mail that the police ever realize that something is going on. The bodies of the victims are not being found. All the police have to go on are photos from the anonymous sender to Betsy and matching them to missing person reports. This is very frustrating for Detective Mark Perez and his partner Detective Noah Jordain. ........................... Could it simply be coincidence that leads Noah to Morgan's office? After all, they've shared a brief, but powerful, connection in a previous case. One thing is for sure, Morgan is too close to the killer for comfort. .......................... **** If you have had the pleasure of reading this author's first best selling novel 'Lip Service', then you already know how well M.J. Rose writes. This author has a way of explaining human nature and making you feel that is all very natural, yet still leaves you feeling awkward and uncomfortable. THAT, my readers, is TALENT! This time Rose takes that same talent, then adds in some mystery and suspense. I see awards in the author's future again. Recommended reading. ****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting who-done-it

    Sex therapist Morgan Snow wants to move past the notoriety gained when she stopped a serial killer (see THE HALO EFFECT). However, her reputation has reached the powerful members of the Scarlet Society, a group of wealthy females who like being dominant in sexual encounters with willing males. The group is in panic mode because someone sent pictures to the New York Times reporter Betsy Young of a brutalized corpse of submissive Philip Maur, Chief Operating Officer of Wall St. firm Grimley & Maur. They ask Morgan to investigate the Maur murder................... NYPD Detective Noah Jordain leads the official investigation, by has a hunch that the reporter is not fully cooperating with him. He wonders if Young prefers the headlines rather than stopping the killer, who he believes will murder again because of the 1 painted on the victim¿s chest. He is proven correct when pictures of 2 and 3 are sent to Young. Meanwhile the Scarlet Society members are concerned with being discovered, but Morgan thinks that is inevitable because she concludes that one of these women has taken to snuffing out the male submissives perhaps for the ultimate dominant sexual pleasure............. THE DELILAH COMPLEX is an exciting who-done-it that grips the audience from the opening scene when the normally never scared Maur is frightened to death and never slows down until the Tylenol epilogue between mother and teen daughter. The story line is action-packed, but the cast makes the thriller work. Besides obviously Noah and Morgan who investigate the homicides, the dominant females and their submissive males provide an intriguing gender bending BDSM scene that is implied rather then explicit. M.J. Rose¿s Snow-Butterfield Institute tales are some of the more exciting series on the market today............ Harriet Klausner

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