Books by Elise Title

INSIDE OUT by Elise Title
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Like Nat's debut (Killing Time, 2002), a mix of tough talk, imperiled women and their kids and pets, and men behaving badly—this time including a killer has to strain to stand out."
A troubled transsexual is the latest target in Horizon House, Dr. Natalie Price's Boston facility for convicts making a transition to their release. Read full book review >
KILLING TIME by Elise Title
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2002

"Excitement galore with a pointed moral in its tail—even though you'll need a scorecard to keep all those sexually predatory suspects straight. First of a series."
Eight years after his conviction for raping coed Alison Cole, three weeks after his admission to Horizon House, the Boston pre-release facility Natalie Price runs, Dean Walsh is in major trouble again. Maggie Austin, the English prof whose creative-writing class had thrown her together with Walsh the budding poet, has been murdered, her body found in a state Alison Cole might have posed for. Det. Leo Coscarelli naturally takes Walsh, who has no alibi for Maggie's death, as his only suspect—but not for long, since author Title (Romeo, 1996) has thoughtfully stocked the city to bursting with red herrings, from Walsh's jailhouse enemies to adventuresome Maggie's brace of lovers (she liked it rough, and not just with men) to Nat's own philandering husband Ethan. All is confusion till Walsh reclaims his place at the head of the queue by escaping from custody and vanishing just as Nat's relationship with Leo is getting interesting. From then on, despite the offstage manhunt for Walsh, the real story is open season on Nat, whose vicissitudes—she's attacked by a hit-and-run driver, slugged, and taken hostage repeatedly, and the house she once shared with Ethan torched—alternate with scenes of Leo's courtship and her enterprising attempts to make contact with Walsh on her own. The fadeout shows several malefactors brought to book but the romance still iffy. Read full book review >
ROMEO by Elise Title
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Former psychotherapist Title debuts with a novel about a serial killer who preys on the most secret fears of successful career women. Dr. Melanie Rosen has christened the killer ``Romeo'' because of his romantic streak: He wines and dines his victims and pushes them to complete sexual surrender before killing them, raping them, and cutting out their hearts (each heart faithfully presented to the next victim on her deathbed). In a series of reports on the TV magazine show Cutting Edge—a forum evidently tailor-made for this maniac—Dr. Rosen has painstakingly built up a portrait of the man who's wormed his way inside the defenses of four self-sufficient women. But her intimate knowledge of Romeo doesn't protect her from becoming his fifth victim, leaving her sister Sarah, a rehab counselor in San Francisco's tough SoMa district, shocked, grieving—and vulnerable, since Melanie's murder has not only released a flood of unholy memories she's kept locked up since childhood, but put her next on Romeo's hit list. You've read this all before, of course; so what's new this time around? The kinky sex, the repressed family trauma, the vignettes from the killer's viewpoint are all boilerplate by now, so the main novelty is the determined variety of candidates for Romeo's mask. Could he be her unbalanced patient Robert Perry? Her former lover Dr. Stanley Feldman? Her ex-husband, fellow psychiatrist Bill Dennison? Sarah's solicitous neighbor, transvestite Vickie Voltaire? Her colleague and best buddy Bernie Grossman (wheelchair-bound, but you never know)? Or Sgt. John Allegro, whose dead wife keeps intruding into his budding romance with Sarah? Suspicion is cast as indiscriminately as stardust, but the suspects themselves are so unmemorable, and the Rosen sisters' susceptibility so pat, that for all its shattering of sexual taboos, the story slots neatly into the Hollywood damsel- in-distress genre from Midnight Lace to Whispers in the Dark. A heavy-breathing debut most likely to arouse readers who don't put their brains in gear. Read full book review >