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Compulsion

A Novel

Frank Clevenger

Keith Ablow

St. Martin's Press

Dr. Frank Clevenger, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, is eager to leave the world of the criminally insane behind-until he receives a chilling phone call. Close friend and former colleague North Anderson, now the Chief of Police on the exclusive island of Nantucket, is desperate for help in solving a shocking case: One of the infant twin daughters of billionaire Darwin Bishop has been murdered in her crib at the family's estate. The suspected killer is her adopted brother Billy, and investigators believe that the fugitive teenager has targeted the surviving twin.

But as Clevenger maps the Bishop family's psychological layers he uncovers some disturbing revelations that lead him to believe Billy may be innocent. The Bishops are a deeply troubled family. As charming as he is ambitious and cruel, Darwin seems determined to protect his son-but is he actually trying to railroad him? Why does Garret, Bishop's other son, despise his father so intensely? Is beautiful Julia Bishop a mother grieving for her murdered child or a manipulative seductress with a dark secret to hide?

As Clevenger fights to protect the innocent and hunt down the guilty, aspects of the case begin to collide with demons from his own past. After a life-threatening attack the forensic psychiatrist knows he must penetrate the killer's psychosis in order to identify him before the Bishop family-and Clevenger himself-become the next victims. Using his mastery of psychiatry, Clevenger lays a trap to reveal the murderer in an unforgettable finale.

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Compulsion
1Saturday, June 22, 2002 
Lilly Cunningham looked up. I melted. She was twenty-nine years old, with pale blue eyes to get lost in. Her blond, curly hair would make any man want to touch it. Her strong forehead predicted intelligence and was perfectly balanced by the gentle slope of her nose. Then there were her full lips, dimples in her cheeks, her long, slender neck. A simple gold cross on a delicate chain pointed toward the curves of her chest and abdomen, rising and falling under a white sheet.Part of me wanted to let my attention linger on Lilly's beauty, but the bigger
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Praise for Compulsion

"...Ablow writes like a man possessed - with a pace so blistering the pages will all but singe your hands." --Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River

"Compulsion is another really good book by Keith Ablow: compelling, graceful, and nearly impossible to put down." --Robert Parker, author of Widow's Walk

"It's a roller coaster of a mystery with hairpin twists and turns that shock and astonish." --Tess Gerritsen, author of The Surgeon

"Keith Ablow's setting is the darkest of all-the twists and turns of the human mind...Great Psychological suspense." --Harlan Coben, author of Gone for Good

"This is a dark, taut, terrifying novel, driven by a talented psychiatrist's insights into the human condition." --Michael Palmer, author of Fatal

"Fast-paced and frightening, Compulsion is a novel that explores the very nature of evil itself." --Janet Evanovich, author of Hard Eight

"...mesmerizing...tense and sexy...With deft intelligence, Ablow maps the torturous terrain of the darkest regions of the human heart." --James Hall, author of Blackwater Sound
"...Ablow writes like a man possessed - with a pace so blistering the pages will all but singe your hands." --Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River

"Compulsion is another really good book by Keith Ablow: compelling, graceful, and nearly impossible to put down." --Robert Parker, author of Widow's Walk

"It's a roller coaster of a mystery with hairpin twists and turns that shock and astonish." --Tess Gerritsen, author of The Surgeon

"Keith Ablow's setting is the darkest of all-the twists and turns of the human mind...Great Psychological suspense." --Harlan Coben, author of Gone for Good

"This is a dark, taut, terrifying novel, driven by a talented psychiatrist's insights into the human condition." --Michael Palmer, author of Fatal

"Fast-paced and frightening, Compulsion is a novel that explores the very nature of evil itself." --Janet Evanovich, author of Hard Eight

"...mesmerizing...tense and sexy...With deft intelligence, Ablow maps the torturous terrain of the darkest regions of the human heart." --James Hall, author of Blackwater Sound

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  • Keith Ablow

  • Like his protagonist, Keith Ablow is a forensic psychiatrist. He has written two other Frank Clevenger novels, Denial and Projection, and lives in Massachusetts.
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    Frank Clevenger

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