Suspect by Michael Robotham

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The hunter becomes the hunted when an expert consultant in a baffling murder case becomes the prime suspect in Michael Robotham's stunning debut thriller.

At forty-two, psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin seems to have it all: a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter. But Joe's snug, happy world is crumbling. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he's dreading the inevitable and all too palpable deterioration of his body and mind. Then, when the police ask for his help in solving the brutal murder of a woman they assume is a prostitute, he's horrified to recognize the victim as a nurse he once worked with, and with whom he had a bit of a past. As Joe begins to suspect that one of his patients may be responsible, the police zero in on him.

Michael Robotham possesses the rare ability to create fully believable characters, fashion terrific dialogue, and generate nonstop suspense. Suspect is a powerhouse first novel, intricately crafted and chillingly authentic.
 

About Michael Robotham

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MICHAEL ROBOTHAM is a former journalist and the coauthor of a dozen bestselling autobiographies published in the United Kingdom. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Little Brown. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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But it’s already too late: Ruiz, pointing to baffling discrepancies in Joe’s description of Bobby and Joe’s lack of alibi for the fatal night, arrests Joe for murder.

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Joe O'Loughlin, a London psychologist, loves his job and loves his family—wife Julianne and eight-year-old daughter Charlie—even more in Australian author Robotham's well-written, if somewhat convoluted, debut suspense novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

Poor Helen Mirren must be getting a bit bored after six installments as brassy BBC detective Jane Tennison.

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Ruiz, the detective, quickly becomes Joe's nemesis and Joe soon finds himself in the position of 'assisting the police'.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The family are visiting the grave of Joe's Aunt Gracie and as they are carrying out the annual ritual of throwing piles of leaves onto her grave (she was an agoraphobic, and there's a wonderful scene, told in flashback, of Joe's birthday plans for his aunt), Joe sees the police dragging a body ou...

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