The Interview Room
By Roderick Anscombe
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Hardcover, 9780312323998, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 6, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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In a drab room in a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Paul Lucas can tell whether a patient is lying or lost, salvageable, evil, or insane. Paul interviews criminals and killers all the time. But he has never had an interview like this one...
Craig Cavanaugh is accused of stalking a female Harvard instructor. With his good looks, intelligence, and money, Craig has no doubt that he can outsmart his doctor, that love will excuse his actions, and money will set him free. And Paul is about to discover how right--and how dangerous--Craig really is.
Suddenly, Paul's personal life is imploding. His beautiful wife is tied to a sordid murder. And his grip on his profession and even his sanity is slipping... What began with a typical, carefully controlled session in the interview room has turned into this: Paul faces a master manipulator--with no rules, no walls, and only one way out...
Roderick Anscombe is a forensic psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has worked in a maximum-security prison, evaluating and treating the criminally insane, including serial killers, sociopaths, stalkers, and other violent criminals. The author of two previous novels, The Secret Life of Laszlo and Count Dracula, he lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit www.roderickanscombe.com to learn more.
"The most original thriller I have read in a long, long time...it will keep you up late into the night."
--Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of Give or Take
"Plan to stay up late. THE INTERVIEW ROOM provides honest-to-goodness chills."
--Detroit Free Press
"Steadily mounting tension...Anscombe provides enough exquisitely turned therapeutic dialogues to create a heaven for connoisseurs of mind games."--Kirkus Reviews "Riveting…the kind of mainstream appeal associated with Harlan Coben and Jonathan Kelerman…don't wait for the movie."
"A new kind of thriller--provocative, entertaining, and morally chilling…An absorbing novel."
--New York Times bestselling author Perri O'Shaughnessy "Anscombe, a forensic psychiatrist himself, delivers precise, perfectly calibrated thrills one after another in an implosive story that takes oedipal struggle to the breaking point."
"An intriguing, moment-by-moment scrimmage of urges, hesitations, revelations, and lies. The mounting tide of paranoia and deception continues to swell until the very end, giving this novel the kind of mainstream appeal associated with Harlan Coben and Jonathan Kellerman. Don't wait for the movie."--Booklist
"The Interview Room is a new kind of thriller-provocative, entertaining, and morally
chilling... A sly shocker that will invade your psyche and shake up your beliefs about good people and how bad they can get, it's an absorbing novel."
--Perri O'Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author of Unlucky in Law and Presumption of Death
"That Roderick Anscombe perfectly captures both worlds, that of a forensic psychiatrist as well as a sociopathic stalker, isn't surprising. But that he manages to convey the intersection of those worlds with such a gripping, gritty realism is astonishing and makes for a totally engrossing read."
--Doreen Orion, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and author of I Know You Really Love Me