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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Leisure (Aug. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843955791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843955798
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 10.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,540,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

A high concept?an investigation of a murder suspect who exhibits disassociative identity disorder, or multiple personalities, in the form of classical Greek deities?gets only mediocre treatment in this ambitious but implausible police procedural set in San Diego. Homicide detective Orson Cheever meets the volatile Helen Troy?aka Holly, Caitlin, Cronos, Eris, Eurydice, Hygeia, the Maenads, the Moirae, Nemesis and Pandora?at a downtown gallery whose owner has been found stabbed to death. Helen, a likely suspect or possible eyewitness, becomes an object of fascination to Cheever when she exhibits stigmata, crying tears of blood, then a source of need and fulfillment when she adopts the personality of his long-dead daughter. Cheever falls in love not with Helen, however, but with her psychiatrist, Rachel Stern, as cop and shrink begin to piece together the crimes?further killings have followed?and Helen herself. This is Russell's most mature novel, tackling the issue of suffering in its many guises?including the breast cancer that strikes Rachel?but it isn't his best. Characters can be gimmicky and the dialogue trite. The murder scenario, moreover, seems almost tacked on to the novel's central mystery of Helen's psychosis. And that illness is so outlandish as to strain belief, especially in scenes like the one where Helen and Cheever go to a restaurant and Helen, shuffling frantically between personalities, orders for several of them. "The waitress repeated the orders in an uncertain voice. 'The lady would like an albacore melt, a very rare New York steak, a peanut butter and jelly, a lamb salad and the chicken fajitas. And the gentleman wants coffee. Regular or decaf?'" Russell's last two books were comic crime yarns (The Fat Innkeeper, 1995, etc.); it's in humor that his heart and his talent seem to thrive, and he should consider returning to it forthwith.
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Russell offers up a highly original, literate mystery that is part psychological thriller, part exploration of the human soul, and part police procedural. When the mutilated body of art dealer Bonnie Gill is discovered, San Diego Detective Orson Cheever is assigned to track down the killer. His search leads to Helen Troy, an artist whose brilliant but deranged sculptures are perfect reflections of her distorted mind. Helen is a "multiple" whose many personality manifestations make her as mysterious as she is bewitching. Cheever eventually finds that he not only must help Helen confront her demons but also must face long-buried grief from his own past before the case can be solved. Russell has written an absorbing story that successfully combines the mundane with the otherworldly and delivers intriguing characters as well as fascinating glimpses into the human mind. A top-notch choice for most mystery collections. Emily Melton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece From Alan Russell June 12 2013
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This is the second Russell book I've read. The second of what I hope will be many, many more. I find it difficult to find the right words to describe how much this book moved and entertained me. At the base of this book is a murder mystery. But in many respects I think of it more as a vehicle to move the human story that is the true focus of the book. A detective is faced with a potential witness or even suspect who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). Though he knows little about this disorder, with the help of Helen's (the witness's) psychiatrist, he begins to learn the complexity of the disturbed and disturbing life that Helen lives. What is so moving and wonderful about this story is that the reader learns that all three (detective, psychiatrist, and witness) suffer from various wounds that they struggle with. Russell's ability to put the reader inside these personal and profound struggles is astonishing. I've seen a few movies about DID, Sybil and The Three Faces of Eve come to mind. But Russell's protrayal is, well, astonishing!!! I was so invested in these three characters and their struggles that I almost wanted to skim my way to the end, and yet wanted to read every word carefully because they are so skillfully woven on the page. The investigation is interesting, but more so because of how it pulls the characters to the story's conclusion. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this novel. And I'll be seeking my next Russell book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good June 20 2016
By Steve Ferraro - Published on
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I typically read books a couple chapters at a time at lunch or while watching baseball this one I Read the whole thing in one sitting. I really liked how he tied in all the Greek myths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, multiple personalities and mythology July 24 2016
By Dr Lowell G Yadon - Published on
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Fascinating book, mixing psychiatry, Greek mythology and murder. I passed it on to my wife, and she's enjoying it as much as I did.
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Greek Tragic for a modern mystery Oct. 8 2016
By kay collins - Published on
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I love mysteries but this one brought in so many mythological characters it was distracting instead of complimentary addition. Same goes for psychiatric disorders and opinions. Plot got lost and characters didn't feel very deep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 29 2016
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very good read