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Murder had been committed, he was certain, but he was only eight. Even though he was so young, Richard Keene found it impossible to forgive his own helplessness. A little girl's life had been snuffed out by her merciless father, a killer clever enough to earn sympathy for his bereavement instead of punishment for his brutality, and Richard alone knew the truth. Born with the kind of "supernatural hearing" usually associated with four-footed folk, he'd listened to Herb Dempsey's ugly way with his daughter, listened as if invisible, to rage dispensed on an almost daily basis. Richard knew the truth about Herb, and it festered and at length diminished his view of himself. Now the adult Richard's preternaturally sharp ears force an awareness on him he'd just as soon be without, at least at first. In his Philadelphia high-rise, he accidentally overhears a young woman strangled by her demented lover. Overcoming an initial reluctance to get involved, he turns sleuth and doggedly puts together a case even deeply skeptical cops can't dismiss. If justice can be done this time, Richard hopes, it will be a first long step toward something equally important: a chance for personal redemption. A sympathetic protagonist and some nice writing are undermined by some first-novel shakiness, especially in plotting. Next time could be much better.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A must read mystery

    In Philadelphia thirty year old former mental patient Richard Keene has supersonic hearing that makes it difficult for him to live a normal life though for the first time he is trying by moving into a Manhattan high riser and working as an audiometric technician. After completing his exercise program, Richard takes the elevator down, but gets off on the wrong floor. He hears noises that lead him to believe the resident of 2307 has strangled someone to death. Shook up he hustles down to his apartment one floor below.------------ Richard reports what he heard to the building superintendent and the cops, but neither believes a nut case like him especially when the accused is renowned Dr. Davis Braun and no corpse surfaces. Still refusing to give it up, Richard needs to prove he may have issues, but his hearing is perfect even when murder occurs behind closed doors.---------- Richard owns this novel as his super-hearing is a handicap that has brought him anguish and placed him on the brink of insanity. Thus when it is his word vs. a respected doctor, who is the cops, the tenants and manager, and readers going to believe? SOUND OF MIND is a fascinating thriller due to the lead character and his unique sense of hearing.---------- Harriet Klausner

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