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The hunter becomes the hunted when an expert consultant in a baffling murder case becomes the prime suspect in Michael Robotham's stunning debut thriller.

At forty-two, psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin seems to have it all: a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter. But Joe's snug, happy world is crumbling. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he's dreading the inevitable and all too palpable deterioration of his body and mind. Then, when the police ask for his help in solving the brutal murder of a woman they assume is a prostitute, he's horrified to recognize the victim as a nurse he once worked with, and with whom he had a bit of a past. As Joe begins to suspect that one of his patients may be responsible, the police zero in on him.

Michael Robotham possesses the rare ability to create fully believable characters, fashion terrific dialogue, and generate nonstop suspense. Suspect is a powerhouse first novel, intricately crafted and chillingly authentic.

Baker & Taylor
Joe O'Loughlin, a psychologist faced with a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, confronts a conspiracy against him after he becomes the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a woman with whom he once had a relationship.

Blackwell North Amer
Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life - a beautiful wife, a loving daughter and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But even the most flawless existence is only a loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient and the biggest lie of his life.
When a young woman is found dead by a London canal with multiple stab wounds - all of them self-inflicted - the police ask Joe for help. Are they dealing with a murder or a suicide? Who is the victim? Reluctantly, he agrees to help and the brutalised body he views at the mortuary turns out to be someone he knows: Catherine Mary McBride, a nurse and former colleague.
At the same time, Joe is grappling with a troubled young patient, Bobby Moran, who suffers terrible headaches and violent dreams that are becoming more real. As Bobby's behaviour grows increasingly erratic, Joe ponders what he's done in the past and what he might do next. The truth is more sinister and frightening than he could ever imagine.
Caught in a complex web of deceit and obsessed by images of the slain girl, Joe embarks upon a search that will take him from London to Liverpool and into the darkest recesses of the human mind. Ultimately, he will risk everything to unmask the killer and save his family.

& Taylor

Joe O'Loughlin, a successful psychologist faced with a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, confronts a dangerous conspiracy against him after he becomes the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a woman who turns out to be a woman with whom he once had a relationship and must deal with the betrayal and abandonment of those he trusts the most. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385508612
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 15, 2019

Suspect is a twisty tale with a lot of action! On the whole, O’Laughlin comes across as likable, although I struggled when he acted in a manner I considered to be unprofessional and out of character. That happened a bit too often for my liking. Very early in the story, Joe is in a downward spiral. He's diagnosed with Parkinson's. He's suspected of murder. While on the run from the law, he is suspected of even more murders. When Joe turns detective in order to save his skin, however, I started really enjoying the story. He’s both desperate and becomes drastically competent. Are his livelihood, his family, his home and his life destroyed? You'll have to read it to find out!

Jul 27, 2019

Joe, a psychologist in a happy marriage/family, is diagnosed with Parkinson's. It's the first step in his life unravelling. His best friend covets his wife, his plumbing is a disaster, and he seems to be a suspect in several murders. This was an intelligent, exciting, well-written thriller, with exceptionally interesting characters. It was the first I've read by this author, but he has several others and I'll definitely be trying those too.

Feb 03, 2019

Ahh, that wonderful feeling of reading faster and faster towards the end of a book, wanting to find out what happens. Ahh, that wonderful feeling of finishing a good book and knowing it’s the first in a series. A very compelling plot, although I, normally never one to solve the mystery, had suspicions about the bad guys before the outcome was revealed. Now, which one is next?

Feb 29, 2016

This is the 2nd book I have tried of Michael Robotham. This one featured a psychologist, who also has just found out he has Parkinson's disease. Naturally he is married & doesn't know how to communicate with his loved ones. This makes him another flawed hero. Naturally one of his clients frames him for murder because he hates him & wants revenge. He is the only one who see's this set up & sets forth to prove his innocence.

19coco55 Feb 01, 2015

"Lost" is also named "The Drowning Man"
the library has this.

Apr 12, 2013

Very good series featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Laughlin. He is very bright and likable, and recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Opl does not have all the books in the series but you can order "LOST" through the interlibrary loan department.

Feb 23, 2012

Good story, I liked this one. 7 of 10 for me.


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