Compulsion: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 16, 2003 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Burdened by his own psychological scars, brilliant forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Frank Clevenger, has weathered the most extreme twists of the human mind. Then he receives a disturbing call from Nantucket's Chief of Police. The five-month-old daughter of prominent billionaire, Darwin Bishop, has been found murdered in her crib.

The obvious suspect is Darwin's adopted sociopathic son, Billy. Even Clevenger can't fathom the motive behind the troubled boy's murder of an infant. But what is Billy really running from? Does Darwin's stunning wife Julia know? If she does, she isn't talking. Neither is the Bishop's other son who's harboring terrible secrets of his own.

Falling for Julia is Clevenger's first mistake. Investigating the Bishops' twisted emotional landscape is his second. It's done more than just draw him into the maze of a psychosexual family history. It's trapped him. As his own demons rise to the surface, he must play the ultimate mind game to catch a killer-and make it out alive...

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User Review  - mazda502001 - LibraryThing

This is the 3rd in the Frank Clevenger series. A good psychological thriller. Back Cover Blurb: Burdened by his own psychological scars, forensic psychiatrist Dr Frank Clevenger has endured the most ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The present is wounded by the past in an expertly judged psychological thriller.Still reeling from his last case (Projection, 1999), likable forensic psychologist Frank Clevenger wants to shake the ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Keith Ablow, M.D., like his protagonist, is a forensic psychiatrist who has testified in some of the nation's most highly publicized trials. He has written two other Frank Clevenger novels, Denial, Projection, and most recently Psychopath. He lives in Massachusetts.

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