Max is a sociopathic killer, with multiple personalities. He meets Dr. Irene Coogan, a psychiarist, in prison where he is being held for murder. Max has a taste for strawberry blondes and notices Irene's natural haircolor.
He kidnaps her and takes her to his farm in the mountains which he shares with Ms. Miller...his former teacher, lover and current controller. Ms. Miller and Max share a past that drives him to kill young women with strawberry blonde hair.
On their trail is Special Agent E.L. Pender, a washed up has been with the FBI who is trying to make it to retirement. The chase sends Agent Pender around the country to try and solve the biggeest case of his career and rescue Irene before she dies.
This report prepared by Andrea Barnes
Pocket, Jan 2001, 24.95, 336 pp.
In Monterey County, Psychiatrist Dr. Irene Cogan met Max for the first when she interviewed him in jail. Max was arrested after the police found a disemboweled woman occupying the passenger seat of his car. Max knows the psychiatric drill as if he himself is a doctor and is quite the mimic, imitating Irene on first contact as if he knew her all her life. Irene finds the charming Max fascinating even as she recognizes he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
FBI agent Pender believes Max is his ?Casey?, a serial killer murdering strawberry blondes over the past few years. Max pulls off the impossible and manages to escape from his maximum-security cell, abducting Irene in the process. Pender follows Max to a remote Oregon farm where his worst nightmare begins.
Lector fans will enjoy THE GIRLS HE ADORED a novel that shows how much Jonathan Nasaw adores Hannibal. The story line is exciting and Max engages the audience in a morbid, but appealing way that somehow horrifies the reader for being attracted to a monster. Mr. Nasaw clearly pays tribute to Harris yet fans of serial killers will read this novel on its own merit.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner