This is a high-functioning legal thriller, several cuts above the Grisham level. I picked it up because I liked the movie version directed by William Friedkin.The story has to do with a prosecuting attorney's attempt to convict and execute a spree killer, who may or may not be feigning mental illness. Wood is very good at evoking the separate cultural world of prosecutors,and he conveys some interesting perspectives on the death penalty and the role of psychiatrists in the courtroom. Wood is obviously very pro-death and very anti-shrink. The crime and killing aspects of the book are not for the squeamish. If you are partial to crime novels of a bleak and realistic stripe, I'd recommend it.