Murder Suicide

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HE POSSESSED WEALTH, FAME, GENIUS-

An hour before inventor John Snow is to undergo experimental brain surgery, he's discovered outside Massachusetts General Hospital, dead from a single bullet wound. Did he commit suicide as the police suspect-or was he murdered?

AND A DARK SECRET...

Forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is about to find out. As he digs into Snow's complex past, he discovers a host of tortured...

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Overview

HE POSSESSED WEALTH, FAME, GENIUS-

An hour before inventor John Snow is to undergo experimental brain surgery, he's discovered outside Massachusetts General Hospital, dead from a single bullet wound. Did he commit suicide as the police suspect-or was he murdered?

AND A DARK SECRET...

Forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is about to find out. As he digs into Snow's complex past, he discovers a host of tortured relationships: The wife who can never forgive what Snow has done to their child and their marriage... The son who loathes him... The beautiful mistress who loves him deeply but can never have him... The business partner intent on taking control of his inventions...

THAT COULD DESTROY THE LIVES OF ALL HE KNEW...

Whatever secret Snow took to his grave, it is casting a shadow of suspicion over the people who said they loved him. Now Clevenger must venture into a dead man's dark past to unearth the truth-in an explosive mystery of passion and betrayal.

"Murder Suicide poses intriguing questions...[a] tightly plotted book."

-San Antonio Express News

"Elaborately plotted...offers the reader more substantial fare than the usual mystery lineup of corpses and cops."

-USA Today

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Editorial Reviews

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MURDER SUICIDE

"Murder Suicide poses intriguing questions...When Clevenger calls everyone into the room at the end, his solution and its surprising twist reminds us of the best of Rex Stout's master-manipulator, Nero Wolfe. And that's only one of the good reasons to pick up this tightly plotted book."-San Antonio Express News

PSYCHOPATH

"A superior read."-Entertainment Weekly

"Dr. Frank Clevenger, forensic psychiatrist and (somewhat reluctant) crime-solver, is quickly becoming one of the genre's most intriguing protagonists...A strange and hypnotic thriller...fascinating."-Booklist

"A tour de force. Ablow is not satisfied with the superficial. He digs deep to create complex characters."-Orlando Sentinel

COMPULSION

"Keith Ablow is king of the psychological thriller. Frank Clevenger is a wonderfully flawed hero, as haunted by his own demons as the sociopaths he faces. 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

"COMPULSION is another really good book by Keith Ablow: compelling, graceful, and nearly impossible to put down."-Robert Parker, author of WIDOW'S WALK

"Utterly compelling...a roller coaster of a mystery with hairpin twists and turns that shock and astonish. No one burrows into the darkest recesses of the human mind as deeply as Keith Ablow."-Tess Gerritsen, author of THE SURGEON

"Keith Ablow's setting is the darkest of all-the twists and turns of the human mind. COMPULSION is-pardon the obvious pun-compulsive reading. Great Psychological suspense."-Harlan Coben, author of GONE FOR GOOD

"Keith Ablow is a master of psychological suspense. This is a dark, taut, terrifying novel, driven by a talented psychiatrist's insights into the human condition. Stoke up the fire, curl up with COMPULSION, and be prepared for a sleepless night."-Michael Palmer, author of FATAL

"Psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is a hero with heart, soul — and brains. Fast-paced and frightening, Compulsion is a novel that explores the very nature of evil itself."-Janet Evanovich, author of TEN BIG ONES

"From the first sentence to the last, Compulsion is mesmerizing. A tense and sexy thriller...featuring an utterly shocking, yet thoroughly convincing family of fiends. A tense and sexy thriller stocked to the brim with juicy characters...With deft intelligence, Ablow maps the torturous terrain of the darkest regions of the human heart."-James Hall, author of BLACKWATER SOUND

"This series just keeps getting better. Frank Clevenger is a real original: a jeans-clad, black-turtleneck-wearing head shaven loner whose compassion for victims of violent crimes - and the perpetrators of those crimes - threatens to destroy him. Whether Clevenger is entirely fictional, or a reflection of his creator's dark side (Ablow is a practicing forensic psychiatrist; the upshot is the same: he's a brilliant creation and this is a brilliant novel."-Booklist (starred)

"The present is wounded by the past in an expertly judged psychological thriller ...a solid satisfying case."-Kirkus Reviews

"Action nimbly shifts from gritty urban Boston to window-dressed Nantucket, and the people and politics are realistically portrayed, including the ballsy but deeply flawed protagonist...this one scores as a great psychological mind-bender."—Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Number five in Ablow's Dr. Frank Clevenger series (after 2003's Psychopath) continues the forensic psychiatrist's insightful investigations into intricate and deadly puzzles. Called in by a stumped Boston police department, Clevenger applies his skills to the mystery surrounding genius inventor John Snow, who is found shot outside Massachusetts General Hospital just an hour before he is to undergo experimental brain surgery. The police want Clevenger to determine if the death is murder or suicide. When Snow's lover, Grace Baxter, is found several days later with a slashed throat and wrists, the question surfaces again. Clevenger is a meticulous procedural investigator; he and partner North Anderson follow each and every lead to its logical, if sometimes tedious, conclusion. Clevenger's m tier is interviewing suspects, and there's a surplus of them as family, friends and enemies, any one of whom could have killed the eccentric Snow, parade through the pages. Clevenger's problematic personal life is again examined in detail: adopted 18-year-old Billy is still challenging Clevenger's shaky parenting skills, and Clevenger's love affair with FBI chief forensic psychiatrist Whitney McCormick is always on-again, off-again. Drugs and alcohol, two other demons from his past, wait in the wings. Clevenger agonizes over all of this while methodically solving the riddle of Snow's murder, playing each of the suspects against the other until he tricks a confession out of the guilty party. While the excitement is not exactly pulse pounding, Clevenger puts in some solid sleuthing, and the low body count is refreshing amid a sea of frenetic thrillers in which victims number in double digits. Agent, Beth Vesel. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Who would bother to murder a man about to have surgery that will save his life but destroy his memory? Only forensic psychiatrist and best-selling Ablow knows for sure, and his longstanding protagonist, Dr. Frank Clevenger, is about to find out. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A beautiful mind gets snuffed, and a forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger (Psychopath, 2003, etc.) sniffs something rotten in Denmark. Suicide's the initial call, but Dr. Clevenger's inner olfactometer is registering off the charts. John Snow, M.I.T. professor, aeronautical engineer, and universally acknowledged genius, has died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Boston cops say self-inflicted, but Clevenger says no way. Maybe it's just that the dead man wasn't in a suicidal kind of place; there was too much of a positive nature happening in his life. Or look at it this way: the usual suspect list contains an unusual number of sleuth-arousing possibilities. Collin Coroway, for instance, Snow's partner in Coroway Engineering (radar systems, sonar, missile technology), who becomes sole owner of a multimillion-dollar patent with Snow's demise. Consider Mrs. Snow, for years a patient Griselda of a wife, now thoroughly aware that she's become a woman blatantly scorned. Kyle and Lindsay Snow, son and daughter, can't be ruled out either, since each was tormented in different ways by the paternal neglect of icy Snow. And yet, the ironic fact is that Snow, in the four or five months preceding his death, had never been happier. In gloriously beautiful Grace Baxter-auburn hair, green eyes, "the body of a mermaid"-he had found his lovemap. "Lovemaps," Clevenger explains on several occasions to more or less interested parties, "are people meant for one another." But is there something a little ersatz about gorgeous Grace? Of course there is, and when Clevenger gathers his suspects together in one room (obeisance here to Dame Agatha), the reader discovers that ersatz has been running wild. The plotfails to cohere mostly because the characters fail to convince, as if the author couldn't quite tap into the artistry needed to breathe life into them. Ablow has done better work in this series. Agent: Beth Vesel/Beth Vesel Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312994891
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2005
  • Series: Frank Clevenger Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 751,352
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

KEITH ABLOW, like his protagonist, is a forensic psychiatrist who has testified in some of the nation's most highly publicized trials. He has written four other Dr. Frank Clevenger novels: Denial, Projection, Compulsion, and Psychopath. Ablow lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Frank Clevenger is Back in this Clever Mystery

    The pieces of this mystery puzzle are assembled much like an Agatha Christie novel--forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger interviews suspects in a gruesome murder-suicide case--then gathers everyone for the 'big reveal.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Due DUE TO REVIEW I WILL NOT PURCHASE!

    As usual, Harriet Klausner's review revealed too much of the story - can't her reviews be curtailed? Her ongoing "analysis" of the books i have wanted to purchase in the past, as well as this one, has ruined any desire to read many books available on The Nook. Her blabbing must be curtailed. She only has to voice a like or dislike. Harriet, Shut Up!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Lorrie

    Good read. why all of the spelling errors tho ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    it was a good read, but it is predictable somehow. someone who c

    it was a good read, but it is predictable somehow. someone who could have suffer so bad can probably kill. killing someone out of rage, jealousy and selfishness. sad that ablows' novel always ended up very sad. try denial too, you will love it. it's more entertaining and hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Spelling errors galore!

    This would have been an interesting read, if I were not so distracted by all the typos and spelling mistakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Great read!

    This was the frist time I read his book, and i couldnt put it down. It constantly had me wondering, who did it. The errors in the book were kinda annyoing, but wasnt to bad. This is definetly and author i like!

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

    Worth Reading!

    This is the second book of Keith Ablow's I have read. I enjoyed the first one just a LITLE bit more (Compulsion) but this book neverthelss held my attention immensely. The plot had twists and turns and you were never really sure who did what! I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Blown away

    I first came across Keith Ablows work when I found one of his paper backs at a thrift store! I started the book and could not put it down. I have read all of them now and can't wait for the next one!!! A series of books that really draws you in!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    This is an amazing book!

    I just finished this amazing book and i cannot wait to read the rest of Ablows series. IF you like thrillers and forensic psychiatry and how a killers mind works you will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Lurved it!

    I really did! I'm personally interesting in the whole forensics thing, and I picked this book up in my local Walgreens and I couldn't put it down...the bad thing was that this was the 5th book...in the series...but I'm definately going to buy the first 4!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Ablow's Done It Again!!

    Ablow has done it again. Another thrilling emotional rollercoaster ride into the mind and actions of a killer. His main character Frank Clevenger takes us on yet another journey in search of a killer that will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. No one does it better. Put this one one the TOP of your must read list-you won't regret it.If you like Lehane, Patterson, Gerritson and Cornwell, you will LOVE Keith Ablow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Excellent mystery

    John Snow was a genius who made millions from his inventions but the money came at a price. Every time he was near a breakthrough, he suffered a severe grand mal epileptic seizure. Unable to live with the affliction anymore, he decided to have cutting edge brain surgery that could cause blindness or leave him unable to remember any of the people closest to him. An hour before he was due for surgery someone killed him in the alley near the hospital................................ Forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is asked by Detective Mike Coady of the Boston police department to determine whether John committed suicide or was murdered, as the autopsy results were inconclusive. By accepting the case, Frank has to look at all the people who were closest to the man, his wife, business partner, children and mistress to see who had a motive. He discovers they all did........................... Keith Ablow is one of the best thriller writers on the market today. His protagonist, a psychologically flawed person, overcomes the abuse he suffered from his sadistic father to help people and to make sure the killers are caught so they won¿t hurt anyone ever again. There is a lot of action scenes in MURDER SUICIDE but the best parts of this exciting thriller is watching the hero put the pieces of the puzzle together.......................... Harriet Klausner

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