Early Praise for The Architect: "Keith Ablow's The Architect is original, well written, and very suspenseful. West Crosse is a complex, unforgettable bad guy. " - James Patterson, New York Times Bestselling author of Cat and Mouse "A compelling story about passion and intelligence, and when faced with extreme decisions, how fine is the razor's edge between sanity and madness....
Early Praise for The Architect:
"Keith Ablow's The Architect is original, well written, and very suspenseful. West Crosse is a complex, unforgettable bad guy. " - James Patterson, New York Times Bestselling author of Cat and Mouse
"A compelling story about passion and intelligence, and when faced with extreme decisions, how fine is the razor's edge between sanity and madness. " --Anne Perry, New York Times Bestselling author of No Graves Yet
For Murder Suicide:
"This reviewer inhaled Keith Ablow's Murder Suicide...its elaborately plotted story is a corker...Ablow explores how human emotions can enhance or destroy the creative process." USA Today
"It appears Ablow's also been channeling another reverd master of murer most foul: Agatha Cristie. The elegantly complicated forensic psychiatrist Dr. Frank Clevenger is stilll front and center...It's enough to make Miss Marple proud."-Entertainment Weekly
"You can see why in certain quarters, in hopeful whispers, Ablow is compared to Thomas Harris . . . "-Entertainment Weekly
"Keith Ablow is king of the psychological thriller. ... Ablow writes like a man possessed - with a pace so blistering the pages will all but singe your hands." --Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River
The strong fifth entry in Ablow's well-received series about FBI forensic psychologist Frank Clevenger (after 2003's Psychopath) features an impressive and sharply detailed heavy, architect West Crosse, who's hailed as a genius for his design skills. But underneath Crosse's art lies a dark soul, a man who wants to engineer human beings to match his perfect buildings at any cost. When a link surfaces among several bodies, each dissected with a brilliant surgeon's skills, Clevenger gets on the case. Crosse, who gave himself a jagged facial scar at age 20 to deliberately spoil his perfect beauty, is now 38. He shocks prospective clients with his opinions ("This is Walter Gropius's house.... It has nothing to do with you," he tells a magnate who proudly inhabits a home designed by the legendary German) and seems not to care if he gets any more work. As for Clevenger, he of course has some personal problems of his own. But Ablow manages to keep them from taking over the story and-miracle of miracles-focuses on the serial killer, that too often poorly drawn staple of so many psychological thrillers, who emerges as a fresh and fully realized creation. Agent, Beth Vesel. (July 22) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
An architect catering to the spectacularly well-connected extends his services to the permanent removal of family aesthetic problems. Anaesthetics and Yale's top secret society figure heavily. Ablow sets his recurring alcoholic FBI psychiatrist Frank Clevenger (Murder Suicide, 2004, etc.) to the task of identifying the culprit behind a string of spectacularly revolting murders. The modus operandi of the fiend (revealed early on as a brilliant architect West Crosse) is to first chloroform, then to lethally inject his victim and, for rather hazy reasons, dissects one of the victim's body parts. In hotel rooms. On plastic sheets. With special silver pins. Clevenger's detective work is complicated both by what appears to be a conspiracy of silence among the families of the victims and by his own long list of personal problems. The latter include the son Clevenger adopted to save himself from a life of crime-though that seems to be his fate; the FBI associate girlfriend who runs hot and cold; and Clevenger's unsuccessful battle to stay off the bottle. Juggling the domestic woes and gobbling Antabuse (makes liquor disgusting), Clevenger interviews the victims' wealthy families and finds that they're united by their employment of an architect whose identity they will not reveal, by their relief at having the victims removed from their lives and by their ties to Yale and its notorious Skull and Bones. And-say! Isn't the president . . . ? Indeed he is. And his wife has just called in architect Crosse to come up with the first major addition to the White House since the Truman revamp. Oh, no! What if the president has a family problem!? Like, maybe, an unwed daughter who has just gotten pregnant?You don't suppose. . . !A thriller for those whose lives were ruined, just ruined, by the Kerry loss.
Keith Ablow received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residence at New England Medical Center in Boston. A forensic psychiatrist, he serves as an expert witness in legal cases involving violence and has evaluated and treated murderers, gang members and sexual offenders for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His essays on psychiatry and society have appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Herald, Discover, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post. He is the author of several works of nonfiction and of the novels Denial, Projection and Compulsion, and Psychopath. Ablow lives in the Boston area.