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Addiction

Addiction

Peter Zak Mysteries (Volume 2)

G. H. Ephron

Minotaur Books

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Amnesia, G.H. Ephron's acclaimed debut, introduced forensic neuropsychologist and expert defense witness Dr. Peter Zak. Returning in Addiction, Peter is back in the thick of things at the Pearce Psychiatric Center, coping with patients as well as everyday average administrative nightmares at the hospital, like budgetary concerns, construction, and colleagues' drug trials. And then the worst nightmare of all-the murder of a colleague.

Such an event, if it weren't devastating enough, rekindles Peter's memories of the murder of his wife, which left Peter emotionally shattered and isolated; he's only recently begun to emerge. But he can't retreat this time; he must use his expertise to help reconstruct this baffling and intensely personal killing.

Peter discovers his friend and former lover, Pearce psychiatrist Channing Temple, dead from a gunshot wound on hospital grounds. Her 16-year-old daughter Olivia is standing over the body, holding a gun. Did Olivia, who has been abusing Ritalin and other drugs, kill her mother? Peter thinks not, but she is quickly arraigned for murder, and he has only two weeks to find the killer before Olivia is sent to prison. In this tense and compelling second installment in a highly lauded series, the talented writing team known as G.H. Ephron tackles the dangers and misconceptions surrounding addiction...and the chaos of murder.

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MATTHEW FARRELL stumped onto the stage of the Medical School amphitheater, folded his six-foot-plus frame, and sat on the chair opposite me. He clutched a near-empty Evian bottle in both hands. His Save the Whales sweatshirt gaped around...

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Praise for Addiction

"Some books grow on you. ... If it’s a good book, like Ephron’s second Peter Zak mystery...you wind up thoroughly satisfied. ... A fine novel that should entertain both mystery and medical thriller fans." - Publishers Weekly

"An intelligent and quick paced novel...that is filled with complex and keenly drawn characters... Fans of psychological suspense and medical mysteries will find themselves instantly hooked and scrambling to find out who pulled the trigger." - Gary Braver, author of Elixir

"Highly recommended for Jonathan Kellerman fans - the pseudonymous author has a particular knack for tightening the screws on one guilty-looking suspect after another." - Kirkus Reviews

"A darn good read." - Boston Globe

"One of the finest offerings from area authors this fall." - Boston Magazine

"A fine second installment in a promising series." - Booklist

"All the elements to meet the criteria for an engaging murder novel are present: missing evidence, drug addiction, breaking and entering, lying, cheating, and stealing ... A fast-paced read." - West Coast Review of Books

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G. H. Ephron

G. H. Ephron is actually a two-person team - writer Hallie Ephron, and practicing forensic neuropsychologist Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D. Both live in Massachusetts.

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