In Edgar-nominee Stansberry's compelling and incredibly dark modern noir shocker, forensic psychologist Jake Danser alternates between his day jobinterviewing murder suspects then testifying to their culpabilityand bedding as many women as possible without letting his beautiful wife catch on. When one of his mistresses ends up dead, the focus turns on Danser, and a weighty knot of a psychological puzzle begins to slowly unravel. Danser is a fascinating narrator because he's a shifty one, telling his story in small, measured bits ("it is true, there are a few things I haven't mentioned here about Angela and myself," he says nearly halfway into the story); the things going on in the world outside him are almost of secondary interest to what is going on inside his head. While the Hard Case series consciously strives for a pulp feel with retro artwork and packaging, the writing itself is infused with a modern sensibilityafter all, Philip Marlowe never said anything like "for a minute I was a man within the void, and it was the void that imagined me." Stansberry pours on the blood and guts in places, so much so that readers may want to take a shower upon finishing, but lovers of industrial strength neo-noir will savor the book's thoroughly seamy atmosphere.
Jake Danser has it all: a beautiful wife, a house in the California hills, and a high-profile job as a forensic psychologist. But he's also got a mistress. And when she's found strangled to death with his necktie, the police show up at his door. Now it's up to Jake to prove he didn't do it. But how can he, when all the evidence says he did! As Jake's life crumbles around him, he races to find proof of his innocence. And with every step, the noose it tightening...
This book won an Edgar award as best paperback original (I think that's what it was). I would not have given it any award, or even nominated it. In this book, the main character is not the good guy and the author and the character conceal things from you. I hate that.
Typical pot-boiler crime novel. Good for the beach.
Great Book! First time I had read Domenic Stansberry. Loved the ending
i liked this book alot.i love it when a book hooks me from the start and this one did!!!