A pulse-pounding, race-against-time thriller featuring forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett.
Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett’s specialty is the psychological autopsy – an investigation into a person's life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. She calls herself a deadshrinker instead of a headshrinker : The silence of her patients is a key part of the job’s attraction. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living person – one with a suspect memory who can’t be trusted to participate in his own medical care – she knows all her skills will be put to the test.
Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that he's got anteretrograde amnesia, and can't form new memories. As his thoughts drift away like tendrils of smoke, Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk yet can't help her figure out just what happened to him.
For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements. Suddenly a string of clues arises – something to do with a super deadly biological agent code-named 'Slick', missing people, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong.
Jo realises her patient’s addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. In order to prevent it, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city – and herself.
About the Author
Meg Gardiner is the author of The Memory Collector, The Dirty Secrets Club,, and five novels in the Evan Delaney series, including China Lake which recently won the Edgar Award for best paperback original. She lives with her family near London.
'The next suspense superstar.' STEPHEN KING 'Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer.' TESS GERRITSEN 'Riveting!a book you just can't put down!The Memory Collector is a first-class thriller with non-stop action.' CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 'Meg Gardiner captivates!an exceptional follow up to her first Beckett novel, The Dirty Secrets Club.' CAROLYN LESSARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS Praise for THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB: 'Author Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page, and I personally am in love with the most compelling of them all, Jo Beckett.' JEFFERY DEAVER 'The story just keeps coming. She is up there with Michael Connelly and Lee Child.' STEPHEN KING 'Hitchcockian scenes of suspense will rock even the most jaded thriller reader.' MIAMI HERALD
Number Of Pages: 434
Published: 29th April 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.6 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.314