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Saturday, June 01, 2013
The Fregoli Delusion by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press)
This is the third novel in the Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer crime series but the first that I have read. As with all good series it was easy to follow even though I had not read the previous books.
On a bike path in a very prestigious neighborhood, a billionaire has been murdered. The only eyewitness, Brett Parris, suffers from a rare psychotic disorder, Fregoli Syndrome which causes him to misidentify people. Brett, is the son of one of the directors of the victim's company. Brett insists that the killer is another employee of the company whom Brett has falsely identified on several occasions as stalking him. The man has an alibi so no one believes Brett. The relationship between the victim and his wife is suspect since they had an “open marriage.” In this high profile case, many influential people are being questioned and the chief wants them handled with kid gloves. Hank knows most of these people because of his family background, but Detective Stainer, who has a very different investigative style, wants to step on toes.
The suspense really builds as the story develops and I could not put this one down. I was not sure I was going to like this story because of the witness’ being mentally ill. The author handled that aspect very well and I enjoyed the novel. I plan to read the first two and look forward to the fourth! The only problem I had is that Stainer needs to stop using the "f" word so much.
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