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The Survivors will be the first book in a proposed mystery series featuring Cal Henderson, a Washington, DC psychologist with a traumatic past of his own.
When he was eight years old, his mother killed his father and his two brothers in a murder suicide. As the 25th anniversary of the event coincides with the arrival of a strange new patient and a drastic increase in Cal's previously controlled psychological symptoms, Cal feels compelled to trace his mother's last days. In his search for answers, he uncovers secrets about his mother's life involving a defense contractor's dark dealings, a nominee for US attorney with a questionable past, and a shady corporate billionaire whose sphere of influence seems to include everyone from the Pentagon on down. Meanwhile, as Cal gets closer to discovering the truth, recovered memories of the tragic events of his childhood push him into a psychological tailspin.
The author, a longtime lawyer in Washington, DC, has several ideas for additional books involving Cal's patients, all of whom will have some connection to the federal investigative or political world. The proposed sequel, Justice Leeds, centers around a Supreme Court justice who may be involved in the disappearance of a young woman with whom he's been having an affair. The series also promises additional emotional tension owing to Cal's interest in both his office manager and a female FBI agent introduced in The Survivors. The insider view of Washington politics will appeal to fans of beltway thrillers. And, of course, the "psychologist as protagonist" recipe has proven to be a success: obviously Patterson's Alex Cross, but also more recently in Michael Robotham's Joseph O'Loughlin series set in England. And yet Palmer's protagonist, who is not just a crime therapist but is also plagued by his own psychological problems, is a breed of his own.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 21 minutes|
|Narrator||Chris Henry Coffey|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 13 2015|
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We open with the dark events which rob Cal of his family and happiness. Twenty five years later, the arrival of his childhood friend on the doorstep of his psychiatric practise, reopens some old wounds. That his friend is closely followed by a couple of FBI agents adds a bit of early flavour to the mix.
Against his own therapist’s advice, Cal decides to help Scotty and starts digging into the past. This digging into the murder of his siblings by his mother, before her own suicide releases a few mental skeletons from the closet and threatens Cal’s own already fragile stability.
Some of what we encounter……family secrets - obviously, high-level political connections to some Washington present day movers and shakers, the involvement of the Feds, a small-time firm turned big defence contractor, industrial espionage, a powerful billionaire and his crony-cum-protector, buy offs, pay-offs and murder.
Very entertaining, very gripping, very satisfying.
I enjoyed the sense of paranoia the author created with his main characters - their sense of fear and isolation against the big machine was palpable, but thankfully not paralysing. We have some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
4.5 from 5
Thanks to the publisher Seventh Street Books for my copy of this one.
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This book has intrigue in a political setting and it will bring you into the world of Cal Henderson, a survivor from a tragedy beyond beyond anything anyone should ever have to go through. You will like and admire him. When this book was finished, I wished there was another to continue Cal's story. Please, Mr. Palmer, continue Cal's adventure.