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Vancouver emergency room physician turned novelist Daniel Kalla's third medical thriller (after 2005's Pandemic and 2006's Resistance) is not only his first hardcover release, it's easily his most polished work to date. With plotlines powered by sadistic violence and depraved sex -- and a cast of severely damaged characters -- Rage Therapy is the perfect amalgam of a Robin Cook medical whodunit and a dark psychological thriller à la Dean Koontz.
Joel Ashman is a 40-year-old widowed psychiatrist struggling to get his life back on track after a series of devastating losses: the death of his pregnant wife, the suicide of a young patient, and, most recently, the brutal slaying of his former colleague and mentor, Stanley Kolberg. After Kolberg, a pioneer in anger therapy, is found dead in his office, Ashman assists Seattle homicide detectives Ethan Devonshire and Claire Shepherd with the case. But as they dig deeper into Kolberg's background, they uncover a covert lifestyle of twisted sadomasochistic sex and habitual degradation of abused women. As more jaw-dropping secrets are revealed, more psychiatrists are murdered, and Ashman soon finds himself directly in the sights of a mysterious sociopath with serious anger management issues… Like works by the aforementioned Cook and Koontz, Kalla's Rage Therapy is one of those rare novels that readers will literally not be able to put down -- and hardcore thriller aficionados who enjoy bombshell endings are going to be talking about the completely unexpected conclusion of Rage Therapy for a long, long time. Incredibly fast paced, disturbingly insightful, and chock-full of twisted depravity, Kalla's novel has "bestseller" written all over it. Paul Goat Allen