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11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

exciting thriller

In Morro Bay, California, twenty-one year old Evan Erlich leaps off a rock to his death in what was an apparent suicide. Evan's father Charlie calls his younger brother Jay with the news. Though the siblings are estranged, Jay leaves his medical practice to go across ...
In Morro Bay, California, twenty-one year old Evan Erlich leaps off a rock to his death in what was an apparent suicide. Evan's father Charlie calls his younger brother Jay with the news. Though the siblings are estranged, Jay leaves his medical practice to go across the country to Grover Beach to be there for his sibling and his sister-in-law Gabriella.

Charlie tells Jay he had troubled Evan committed out of fear his son would kill himself, but does not believe the lad took his life. However the state released Evan just before he killed himself. Being a doctor, Jay believes the institution has negligence liability based on their releasing a potential suicidal person. Jay investigates his nephew's death and soon uncovers murky links to other questionable deaths and Charlie's 1970s relationship with cultist murderer Russell Houvnanian while the local cops starting with dedicated Detective Sherwood tell him to go home.

With an obvious link to the Manson murders, this exciting thriller starts off as a slow paced family drama as parents and an uncle deal with the suicide of the next generation. However, once Jay begins his resolute obstinate inquiry, the plot accelerates as he begins to find a horrific murderers' row which targets the Erlich trio.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 5, 2011

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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This book left me a state of unsettleness. First a doctor who seems to have everything going for himself and his family takes off and leaves his family to help out his loser of a half brother. Second, this book parallels to the Manson family and his brood of drugged u...
This book left me a state of unsettleness. First a doctor who seems to have everything going for himself and his family takes off and leaves his family to help out his loser of a half brother. Second, this book parallels to the Manson family and his brood of drugged up hippies. It scared me then and it scares me now. I don't like to be riminded of those horrendous murders. Third the author did the unthinkable, he did not give the story a proper ending. Am I suppose to figgure it out. After reading through 300 some pages only to come to that conclusion. It absolutely drives me crazy.

posted by 8429876 on December 10, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Anonymous

    This book left me a state of unsettleness. First a doctor who seems to have everything going for himself and his family takes off and leaves his family to help out his loser of a half brother. Second, this book parallels to the Manson family and his brood of drugged up hippies. It scared me then and it scares me now. I don't like to be riminded of those horrendous murders. Third the author did the unthinkable, he did not give the story a proper ending. Am I suppose to figgure it out. After reading through 300 some pages only to come to that conclusion. It absolutely drives me crazy.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Disappointing

    I've read his other books and enjoyed them. This one...not so much. It's a thinly disguised retelling of the Manson (Squeeky, Tex and the rest) cult murders. Even the names Gross uses for his characters are similar.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Stay away

    It is about a suicide that quickly evolves into a murder mystery, with a Charlie Manson look alike in the background.
    A drugged out family,blessed with a psychotic son, who hates his parents to the point of abusing them verbally and physically, but they still love each other very deeply. The word dysfunctional is to meek to describe their relationship with each other, and the hero, who is a half brother.
    All along the Manson like character controls two disciples who commit a chain of murders, from a maximum security prison.
    Hard to fathom? You bet ya. The story ends with a puzzle that I don't believe even Mr. Gross completely understood, just for the sake of leaving everyone who read the book to the end in limbo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Not the best

    It seemed a rip off on the charles manson murders

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Needed More Character Depth

    Trade Galley/Vine: The story is of a well-to-do doctor who get sucked into his brother's past, which happens to parallel Charles Manson and the Tate/La Bianca murders. His brother, named Charlie, is a functioning mental patient, thanks to tons of medication, who's son is believed to have committed suicide. The doctor, having the means to take a two weeks off from work and travel across the country, harasses the terminally ill coroner's investigator into helping him. With nothing to lose, the two of them go forward into the past to see what Charlie really knows about the night 35 years ago. This was a galley and there are several minor errors that the publishing company still needs to fix. However, there is a lot of repetition of discovery and telling of evidence. There were several questions not answered and one major letdown. The book is readable, but I do not recommend it. The characters are limited or shallow.
    Andrew Gross writes at the end of the book that his own nephew committed suicide the same way as the evidence shows at the beginning of the book. His nephew's case was a tragic case of the system failing the patient that could have been prevented. However, I believe Gross should have used his talents writing a non-fiction investigation piece.

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