Performed by Richard Armitage
Published July 2020 by Whole Story Audiobooks
Category: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, AudioBook Review
In a world gone mad, who can you trust?
Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the New York State Homicide Squad. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse, but amid reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?
Dr Alexander Gregory and his friend and mentor, Professor Bill Douglas are visiting Quantico, Virginia. They have been invited to deliver a presentation on criminal profiling at one of the regular international conferences held there. They were met by Special Agent Hawk and Agent Johnson, who later asked for their assistance with a highly classified case involving the Romano crime family.
The FBI agents’ request would entail Gregory going undercover as a patient at the Buchanan Psychiatric Hospital and ascertaining whether a key witness is still in the hospital and, more to the point, alive. The witness in question is inextricably linked to the mafia family so this wasn’t going to be any easy task. Admitted as ‘Michael’, Gregory was able to make use of his own experience and expertise as a psychologist to play the role of a patient and, as expected, things don’t go according to plan and it’s not always obvious who can be trusted.
“There’s no obligation,” Douglas said, unwittingly rubbing salt into the wound. “You’re not committed, yet.”
But he was, Gregory thought. Not only because the FBI had turned over a stone and found the secrets he’d tried to conceal, but because he owed something to his profession. With every patient whose life he improved, he felt he’d gone some way to paying back the goodwill that had, even unwittingly, been extended to him. Every minute he continued to call himself ‘Doctor’ was lived on borrowed time, until the Hospital Board discovered the grubby truth and stripped him of all he’d worked for, all that was meaningful in his life.