The peace of Paradise Bay, California, is shattered when a series of white youths are brutally murdered in the local cemetery. With the town gripped by suspicion and fear, the police turn for help to psychologist Diane Cheung, specialist in disturbed young offenders.
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IN THE SHADOWS OF A TROUBLED MIND
The peace of Paradise Bay, California, is shattered when a series of young white males are murdered, their bodies mutilated, burned and left to rot in the local cemetery, notorious haunt of addicts and dropouts. With the town gripped by fear and suspicion, the police turn for help in establishing a profile of the killer to psychologist Diane Cheung, specialist in disturbed young offenders.
Diane is only too willing to assist – until the inquiry focuses on one of her own patients, Tobes Gascoign, her most intriguing and difficult case. Should Diane cooperate with the police, or protect her patient's trust? And is Tobes just a teenager gone wild, or could he really be a schizophrenic killer? These are questions that must be answered – and fast, for Tobes is getting dangerously involved with another of Diane's patients, ten-year-old Johnny Anderson.
“On the evidence of this outstanding psychological thriller, John Trenhaile's reputation as an author of real talent is well-founded. What starts off as a seemingly straightforward murder story develops with increasing and chilling fascination into one of the best novels I have read this year. It reaches a surprising climax, one of stunning intensity that jolts like an electric shock. A wonderful read”
“Slick and fast-paced”
“One of the top thriller writers”
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
John Trenhaile is a barrister living in Ashdown Forest with his wife and two children. He was educated at Epsom College and at Magdalen, Oxford.
He first toured south-east Asia in 1982 and on each return trip has researched customs and cultures with the help of the many friends he has made there. He has been studying Mandarin for some years.
‘Kyril’, the first of the novels in his Russian ‘Povin’ trilogy, was filmed for television as ‘The Man Called Kyril’.
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