A child abduction case in the sweltering Boston summer heat has police scrambling to find vanished eight-year-old Danielle. Forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas is personally pulled into the investigation after a frantic call from his wife, Abby. Working as a volunteer for Abby, Danielle was sent on the daily coffee run and never returned. Despite the antagonistic police response to his involvement, Paul uses his unique training in lie detection as the clock ticks down on Danielle's life. Further interviewing leads to a sociopath and his partner in crime, both with a penchant for young girls. With enormous pressure from his wife, Paul must decide if he should step over his moral and ethical boundaries to save a child's life. In his second novel featuring Paul Lucas (after The Interview Room), author Anscombe, a forensic psychiatrist like his protagonist, skillfully uses his knowledge of his field to create a taut and technically precise thriller. Recommended for all popular fiction collections. [Library marketing campaign planned.-Ed.]-Joy St. John, Henderson Dist. P.L., NV Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
In Anscombe's taut thriller, his second to feature Boston forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas (after 2005's The Interview Room), Lucas looks into the abduction of nine-year-old Danielle McNeely, who vanishes while buying coffee for Paul's wife, Abby, at her social services agency. The police, who still believe Paul killed a cop despite his being cleared in The Interview Room, are reluctant to work with him, but assistant DA Brenda Gorn insists. Paul's careful interviews with the one witness, Martha Kinnard, a homeless schizophrenic, lead to Arthur and Molly Hodges, an elderly couple whose van Martha may have seen. Abby, still traumatized by the loss of their only child in an auto accident, goads Paul to save Danielle by crossing ethical boundaries. In a psychologically brutal climax, Paul risks his personal and professional future. Anscombe, himself a forensic psychiatrist, adds depth and realism with his analyses of psychotic behavior, but some readers may find the ending jarringly truncated. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Praise for The Interview Room by Roderick Anscombe: "Along with steadily mounting tension, Anscombe provides enough exquisitely turned therapeutic dialogues to create a heaven for connoisseurs of mind games.""--Kirkus Reviews" "Plan to stay up late. THE INTERVIEW ROOM provides honest-to-goodness chills."--"Detroit"" Free Press""The most original thriller I have read in a long, long time, with pacing and cutting-edge medicine that will keep you up late into the night. Roderick Anscombe is a welcome new voice in suspense. His writing is lean and sharp, with characters that matter, and ideas that are totally fresh." -Michael Palmer, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Society" and "Extreme Measures" ""The Interview Room" is a new kind of thriller-provocative, entertaining, and morallychilling, for people who like their justice subtle. A sly shocker that will invade your psyche and shake up your beliefs about good people and how bad they can get, it's an absorbing novel." -Perri O'Shaughnessy, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Unlucky in Law" and "Presumption of Death" "That Roderick Anscombe perfectly captures both worlds, that of a forensic psychiatrist as well as a sociopathic stalker, isn't surprising. But that he manages to convey the intersection of those worlds with such a gripping, gritty realism is astonishing and makes for a totally engrossing read." -Doreen Orion, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and author of "I Know You Really Love Me"