Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385508612, 368pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2005
The hunter becomes the hunted when an expert consultant in a baffling murder case becomes the prime suspect in Michael Robotham's stunning debut thriller.
At forty-two, psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin seems to have it all: a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter. But Joe's snug, happy world is crumbling. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he's dreading the inevitable and all too palpable deterioration of his body and mind. Then, when the police ask for his help in solving the brutal murder of a woman they assume is a prostitute, he's horrified to recognize the victim as a nurse he once worked with, and with whom he had a bit of a past. As Joe begins to suspect that one of his patients may be responsible, the police zero in on him.
Michael Robotham possesses the rare ability to create fully believable characters, fashion terrific dialogue, and generate nonstop suspense. Suspect is a powerhouse first novel, intricately crafted and chillingly authentic.
“SUSPECT is one of those rare literary gems, a beautifully written thriller that is both moving and relentlessly suspenseful. This is a debut not to be missed!”
—Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double
“Nail-biting tension full of fine characterization, brilliantly researched detail, and subtle humor.”—The Mirror
“A clever plot . . . an absorbing read . . . a welcome new name in the genre."—The Telegraph
“A highly effective thriller . . . well-engineered plot, with gathering horrors . . . a gripper.”—Literary Review (U.K.)“Believable and authentic from the first sentence, Suspect is altogether an accomplished piece of work. Robotham doesn’t put a foot wrong in his plotting, pace, or inventiveness.”—Weekend Australian“Steaming with suspense, Suspect hints that Robotham has the wherewithal to mix it up with the big players in the psychological thriller genre.”—Adelaide Advertiser