Healy, author of The Staked Goat and Blunt Darts, will garner more praise for his strange and wonderful new story. In the third adventure related by Boston-based private eye John Francis Cuddy, he takes on the seemingly hopeless task of proving that William Daniels, a black youth, is innocent of killing his white lover, Jennifer Creasy. The accused himself believes that he's guilty, as do witnesses, patients in Dr. Marek's hypno-therapy group to which William and Jennifer had belonged. When a second member of the group is murdered, Cuddy's suspicions of the doctor increase. The investigator travels to distant cities where Marek previously practiced, in a search for evidence of criminal ""treatments,'' but no one is talking. It's a frustrating hegira until the mystery is solved in a jolting confrontation. Cuddy earns the status of new, favorite series hero. The author's gifts include an unerring eye and ear that invest all the characters with life. (April 15)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987 Release date: 04/01/1987 Genre: Fiction
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