Kill Switch

Kill Switch

By Jonathan Greene; Neal Baer

Kensington Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 9780758266866, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 13, 2011

Claire Waters is a dedicated forensic psychiatrist with unnervingly personal insights into the criminal mind. Haunted by a disturbing childhood incident, Claire has always been drawn to those rare "untreatable" patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. But one shocking case could make or break her career - and it's waiting for her in the psychiatric wing of New York City's Rikers Island. Quimby is a deranged inmate whose boyish good looks hide a sordid history of dysfunction and abuse, and he triggers something in Claire she'd rather not face. As she tries to unlock Quimby's past, she leaves herself dangerously vulnerable. When the case propels her into the mind of another killer - a homicidal maniac who's watching her every move - it could only end in madness, or murder, or both...Brilliantly constructed and breathtakingly suspenseful, "Kill Switch" is a masterful combination of murder, mystery, and modern forensics - and a stunning debut from a spectacular writing team.

About the Author
Jonathan Greene spent eleven years as writer and coexecutive producer of "Law & Order: SVU", his nearly forty teleplays earning the show an Emmy Award and nominations for the Edgar Award and the Humanitas Prize. As a producer and executive in television news and documentaries, he received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. He earned a BS in political science and a MS in telecommunications from Syracuse University. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Neal Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1996, and he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science from Colorado College. He also holds two master's degrees from Harvard. He spent a year at the American Film Institute as a directing fellow and is executive producer and showrunner for Law & Order: SVU. During his eleven-year tenure, he received the Shine Award, People's Choice Award, Prism Award, Edgar Award, and Media Access Award. Prior to SVU, he was executive producer and showrunner of ER. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.