St. Martin's, Oct 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
It's been over three years since forensic psychologist Peter Zak's wife died at the hands of a psychopath and he is finally ready to return to the world of the living. He is emotionally involved with Annie, an investigator for defense attorney Chip Ferguson. One night when Peter and Annie are together, Chip calls asking the psychologist to meet him at the home of his friend who sounds very distraught.
When everyone converges at Nick Babikian's home, they find his wife floating in the swimming pool, her body torn open. Nick is covered in blood, as is the floor where the swimming pool is located. Chip knows that the police will most likely arrest Nick and wants Peter to do a psychiatric evaluation on him. Peter finds him highly paranoid but isn't quite sure he's guilty. When the investigator focuses on another suspect Peter finds he second-guesses his own judgment.
DELUSION is an enthralling medical thriller where the protagonist identifies a little too closely with his patient. This leads to an exciting crime tale in which the potential antagonists seem more interesting than the hero does. Readers will keep turning the pages as they try and figure out who the guilty party really is.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner