The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect

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by M. J. Rose

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Dr. Morgan Snow is a well-known sex therapist with a prestigious clinic devoted to the psychology of sex. One of her patients, Cleo, is a beautiful, cultured prostitute who runs her own call-girl business. Cleo has been coming to Dr. Snow because she's fallen in love, but is unable to have a healthy sexual relationship. One day, Cleo arrives with a manuscript for a


Dr. Morgan Snow is a well-known sex therapist with a prestigious clinic devoted to the psychology of sex. One of her patients, Cleo, is a beautiful, cultured prostitute who runs her own call-girl business. Cleo has been coming to Dr. Snow because she's fallen in love, but is unable to have a healthy sexual relationship. One day, Cleo arrives with a manuscript for a tell-all book....and then disappears. A serial killer has been at work in the city, and Detective Noah Jordan turns to Morgan Snow to find out more about the psychology of a sexual murderer. Both Morgan and Noah suspect there is a link between the serial killer and Cleo's sudden disappearance, and work together to find her - before it is too late.

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Publishers Weekly
The mutilated body of a prostitute in a nun's habit, her pubic hair shaved into a cross, appears on page one of this suspense thriller, making it plain that Rose's latest (after Sheet Music) is not for the squeamish. The novel is the first in a new series featuring the Butterfield Institute, a Manhattan sex therapy clinic employing psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow. One of Morgan's patients, the clever and selective call girl Cleo Thane, has written a memoir full of thinly disguised portraits of her clients, powerful men with odd fantasies and fetishes. She leaves this potentially explosive manuscript with Dr. Snow and then misses several appointments, causing Morgan to suspect foul play. Yet NYPD Det. Noah Jordain and his team, diligently pursuing leads in what's become a gory, ritualistic series of prostitute murders, have no evidence that Cleo, whose clientele puts her in a class by herself, might be a victim. Noah and Morgan are drawn to each other, but when Morgan can't persuade Noah to devote more effort to the search for Cleo, she determines to go undercover and meet Cleo's principal clients herself. Ill-equipped for this masquerade, Morgan is soon in over her head and in peril. The mystery takes second place to the catalogue of sexual eccentricities, but Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs. Author tour. Agent, Loretta Barrett. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rose (Sheet Music, 2003, etc.) launches a series starring Dr. Morgan Snow, who, here, gets roped into a case involving a serial killer and a high-price prostitute. Snow is a career sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute, sort of like a Hall of Justice for people in this field. There's a murderer on the loose, one of those ritualistic types so beloved of novelists-against whose baroque fantasies real-life murderers seem so prosaic and unimaginative-who likes to dress prostitutes up as nuns and violate them horribly before delivering the coup de grace. This brings NYPD detective Noah Jordain into Morgan's orbit, looking for advice. Fortunately for the newly single Morgan, he's not at all bad-looking and seems like a normal guy. But things start to go haywire when one of Morgan's clients, Cleo Thane, goes missing. Cleo is an expensive call girl who services the city's mighty and powerful; thing is, she also wants to publish a tell-all biography: she's used pseudonyms, but her privacy-demanding clients are still rather easy to identify, meaning that there's a virtual laundry list of men with the desire and means to off Cleo. And, wouldn't you know it, it's not long before Morgan is dressing like a call girl in order to get close to some of the suspects. Rose treats this doubling device (the therapist and prostitute being shown as two different sides of the same "I'll-listen-to-your-problems-and-try-and-give-relief-for-money" kind of work) as though it were brand-new, when in fact it's almost as tired as the one where a killer tells an obsessive cop, "You're just like me." Although the characters are interesting enough, if stock, and the end result is at least moderately entertaining, Rosehas a tendency to run on . . . and on. A good third of her story is just spinning wheels. Far from prurient but also far from thrilling, like a femme and somewhat toned-down Jonathan Kellerman entry.

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M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:

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The Halo Effect 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Dr.Morgan Snow's work was delicate. As a sex therapist she has seen pretty much everything, but one patient stood out from the crowd. Cleo Thane, despite being a prostitute, managed to be as regal as her name, somehow retaining a purity that belied being a high priced call girl. Now, she wants to write a tell all book, but knowing it could prove dangerous; she asks Morgan to read it. Shortly thereafter, Cleo vanishes, and the book is perhaps the best clue Detective Noah Jordan has to find her before she becomes the latest victim of a serial killer with a twisted vision. Yet, turning it over violates certain rules, so Dr. Snow chooses to investigate for herself; but doing so makes her risk sharing her patient's fate. ........................ **** Intensely cold as the doctor's name, this book grips you by the throat. Although necessarily sensual, the writing is not overly lewd, given the subject matter. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
NYPD Special Units Victim Detective Noah Jordan and his partner Mark Perez worry that a sociopath has surfaced following the mutilated corpse of a victim wearing a nun¿s habit. The dead woman had her pubic hairs shaved into a cross. By the next day, they know that the deceased was a prostitute............................. Psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow of the Manhattan sex therapy clinic Butterfield Institute fears for her patient, call girl Cleo Thane who has missed several appointments, something she never did. Morgan files a missing person¿s report. She conjectures whether a memoir filled with the sexual proclivities of the powerful that her patient left with her has something to do with the disappearance. Noah sees no link between the elite level that Cleo worked and the homicides of the streetwalkers he investigates. Morgan begins her own inquiries when she realizes that Noah will not. Going undercover, she quickly knows she is in danger with only Noah to keep her safe........................ THE HALO EFFECT is the first in a series of novels starring Morgan and the Butterfield Institute; if this is example of the tales fans will have plenty to look forward to in the future. The story line deftly consolidates a police procedural with an amateur sleuth with the interconnections being the serial killing of prostitutes and the attraction between the two stars. Interestingly Morgan¿s subplot is more intriguing as she adds a sexual psychological insight to her inquiries while Noah¿s line is well written, but is typical of a police serial killer chase. Readers of crime thrilling romantic suspense will know that have a bouquet of Roses with this fine novel and its subsequent stories...................... Harriet Klausner
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Halo Effect by M. J. Rose Dr. Morgan Snow is a sex therapist and donates her time once a week to women at the prison. She also sees private patients. one who is writing a sex book and she now has a copy. Her boyfriend thinks something bad will happen to her once the book is published and the dr. has watched her leave one day and there is a man that follows her. Because the detective called her she rushed down the morgue to identify the woman who was now dead-one of the women who got out of prison and was to head back home to WV. Her divorce came through also after being married 15 years. Dr. Nina Butterfield is the owner and friend of hers. Her daughter, Dolcie is 12 and studying the summer at drama school. Detective Noah Jordain from the special victim unit is on the case of the woman murdered at the hotel. They have a serial killer on their hands, same MO. Morgan remembers her mother and her lifestyle with pain and anguish. From this point Chloe goes missing and more murders are committed. Things get a bit too mysterious/thriller/horror for me, this would make a great SUV for TV.