Michael Hrubek, a schizophrenic psychopath, escapes from a mental institution. The directors of the hospital, concerned for their reputation, tell the police he's harmless. But Hrubek doesn't need to sleep and is terrifyingly unpredictable, with the quick thinking of the insane. And he's leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, as he makes his ...
Michael Hrubek, a schizophrenic psychopath, escapes from a mental institution. The directors of the hospital, concerned for their reputation, tell the police he's harmless. But Hrubek doesn't need to sleep and is terrifyingly unpredictable, with the quick thinking of the insane. And he's leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, as he makes his way towards the isolated home of the woman who was responsible for his incarceration in the institution.
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-11-28 This engrossing thriller depicts the hunt for a 300-pound schizophrenic murderer who escaped from a New England asylum. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1993-12-20 While flash floods sweep New England, escaped schizophrenic Michael Hrubek leads pursuers on a perilous chase as he seeks to confront Lisbonne Atcheson, whose testimony clinched his conviction as the Indian Leap State Park murderer. The premise is hackneyed, the plot somewhat formulaic, but Deaver's ( Hard News ) knack for pacing and misdirection enliven this entertaining thriller. At the center of the drama is the complex Hrubek, a terrifying figure with problems big enough to match his 300-pound frame. At times he recognizes and is painfully frustrated by his tenuous grip on reality; at others, he is racked with guilt over having assassinated President Lincoln. On Hrubek's trail are his therapist, Dr. Richard Kohler; professional tracker Trenton Heck and his prize bloodhound Emil; the police; and Lisbonne's attorney husband Owen, a seasoned hunter and combat veteran. What really happened at Indian Leap is revealed in a climax that brings everyone together at Lisbonne's newly inherited estate in remote, storm-battered Ridgeton. Although Deaver's prose is sometimes careless, his characters are colorful and believable, and his careful plotting delivers palpable suspense and a clever surprise ending. 50,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; paperback to Signet; Literary Guild selection. (Feb.)
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