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The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
Cover Artist: Design by Rex Bonomelli
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Thomas & Mercer Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781503943568
Date: 01 February 2017 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Frost Easton of the San Francisco Police Department is investigating the mysterious deaths of several women. All of them experienced unexplained psychotic outbursts in which they violently killed themselves. All of them were patients of a controversial psychiatrist, Dr. Francesca "Frankie" Stein; she cures her patients of their phobias by erasing the memories that produced them. Now, a deranged, vindictive madman, who calls himself the Night Bird, is stalking Frankie, threatening to kill her and her patients. Frost develops romantic feelings toward one patient, Lucy Hagen. He must uncover the Night Bird's identity before Lucy becomes the next victim.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco--as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks--Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories…and all the victims were her patients.

As Frost and Frankie carry out their own investigations, the case becomes increasingly personal—and dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. Soon Frankie is forced to confront strange gaps in her own memory, and Frost faces a killer who knows the detective's worst fears.

As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.

(Source: Thomas & Mercer)

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