2007 Ballantine Books ISBN 978-0-345-45264-1. 458 pages.
Another great Alex Delaware novel. Robin is back, and a new French bulldog.
Alex is approached by a former client, Tanya, the adopted daughter of a woman recently deceased, Patty Bigelow. Patty was a nurse, well-known and respected by Rick, partner of Delaware's longtime friend, Detective Milo Sturgis.
Tanya's concern is that she thinks her mother was trying to confess something on her deathbed, something horrible. Knowing that Delaware is a psychologist, and that he has a friend in the police (Sturgis), she asks him to help find out what, if anything, Patty had on her conscience, and help her stop thinking about it.
Both Tanya and Patty have suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and as the stress of the mystery increases, so do Tanya's symptoms.
The mystery unfolds in LA as all good Delawares do, and this is one of the most satisfying of the collection.
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