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Psychopath    by Keith Ablow order for
by Keith Ablow
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St. Martin's, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Forensic psychiatrist Keith Ablow has written the fourth in his dynamic series featuring Frank Clevenger - a forensic psychiatrist. Writers are admonished to write of what they know. Ablow has done just that. Psychopath takes the reader into the mind of a serial killer. Not that I would want to be there, but once I started reading it was hard to stop.

Dubbed the Highway Killer, Jonah Wrens travels about the United States trying to convince himself that his killing spree is his way of finding God. Clevenger takes it upon himself to track this man down, convinced that no one is all evil, that there are reasons when someone turns to the wrong path. Again, it's a case of the old adage that the sins of the father are visited upon the child - in this particular case, it's the sins of the mother. Psychopath bores into the twisted mind of Jonah Wrens and his relationship as a child with his mother. It's frightening and appalling to think that what happened to Wrens in his early years could produce such a person.

Ablow has written a chilling, compelling and fascinating book that is hard to put down. The action races from page to page, leaving the reader breathless and scared, but anxious to continue. I guarantee this story will stay with you after the last chapter has been finished and the book closed.

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