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Every Fifteen Minutes

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” —Sigmund Freud


Description

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. However, his work seems to be going better than his home life. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when Eric takes on a new patient, his entire world begins to crumble.

Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and isn’t handling it very well. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes, makes Max a high-risk patient. The young man can't turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about his patient, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a "person of interest" as well. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment.

Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric's life?

Lisa Scottoline's visceral thriller brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.

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Testimonials


“Bestseller Scottoline casts an unflinching eye on the damaged world of sociopaths in this exciting thriller.”

Publishers Weekly

“Scottoline's breezy, irreverant style prevails and her gift for intimacy - for drawing the reader close to sociopath and victim - makes Every Fifteen Minutes as teasingly irresistible as any of this versatile author's creations.”

The Washington Post

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Quotes


How do you tell the psychiatrists from the patients in the hospital?
The patients get better and leave.
They never see me coming.
Know why?
Because I’m already there.
I’ve read that one out of twenty-four people is a sociopath, and if you ask me, the other twenty-three of you should be worried.

About the author


Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 26 novels, including her latest work, Most Wanted. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit”, which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, and earlier books, Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries.

She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.


Reviews

“In a nail-biting stand-alone with two heart-pounding climaxes and several pulse-racing twists, Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won't let go.”

Library Journal

“Have you ever read a book that stayed with you during the day while you were working, going about your daily routine? A book that made you want to turn on the news to see what was happening in the characters' lives - even though you knew that you were just reading a novel? Scottoline's latest, Every Fifteen Minutes, made me do just that! The story of Chief of Psychiatry Eric Parish, his troubled patient, Max, and a murder for which Dr. Parish is suddenly seen as a 'person of interest,' along with other trumped-up charges against him, will not let readers put this book down until the stunning conclusion.”

CoffeeTree Books

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