<pre class="nfo">Read by . . : Alan Sklar
Publisher . : BBC Audiobooks America (2003) (Sound Library)
ISBN . . . .: ISBN-10: 0792728874; ISBN-13: 978-0792728870
Format . . .: MP3. From 9 CD's (10 hrs 42 min). 197 tracks.
Bitrate . . : ~90 kbps (iTunes 8, VBR, mono, 44kHz)
Genre . . . : Mystery Thriller Fiction
The series features Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist from Massachusetts.
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Forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is approached by the FBI to help catch an elusive
serial killer. Called The Highway Killer, the murderer has left a trial of twelve bodies
in twelve states with no obvious link. Now he writes an open letter to The New York Times
challenging Clevenger to catch him. Soon Clevenger must match wits with a killer who
knows all the tricks. As Clevenger embarks on a bizarre kind of public therapy, he must
expose his own past and risk pushing the killer to murder new victims. And with each new
letter, the stakes are raised higher and higher until the stunning and deadly conclusion
From Publishers Weekly
Ablow doesn't mince words when it comes to titles (Compulsion; Projection; Denial), and
the name of this entry, number four in the Frank Clevenger series, says it all. The
psychopath in question, Jonah Wrens, opens the book blasting down the highway locked into
anger mode. He's scattered 17 bodies behind him and is on the lookout for number 18.
Ablow distinguishes this serial killer from his fictional brethren by making Wrens a
brilliant psychiatrist, the savior of disturbed children. This is a subject dear to
Clevenger's heart. After years of dope sniffing, womanizing and drinking, the forensic
psychiatrist has adopted troubled teen Billy Bishop. He now faces life with a kid who has
all the same problems and addictions he used to suffer from himself. At the same time
that adopted son Billy is tossed out of school for peddling dope, Clevenger is tapped by
the FBI to aid in the search for the so-called Highway Killer. Clevenger knows he should
be home tending to Billy, but the lure of the hunt and the stirrings of lust engendered
by bombshell FBI psychiatrist Dr. Whitney McCormick convince him to take the case.
Meanwhile, Wren continues his murdering ways while moving from job to job, healing and
saving abused children as he goes. The author's gambit is to put the reader into the
uncomfortable position of actually admiring some of Wren's deeds, and it's an original
twist on the serial killer formula. Abel tosses in a gratuitous, last-minute
female-in-peril sequence, but most of the loose ends are neatly tied.