THE DEEP END by Chris Crutcher


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Family therapist Wilson Corder, treating Peggy Parker and her young son Jerry after Jerry's sister Sabrina has been kidnapped, feels sure that Peggy and Jerry are hiding something--but before he can get Jerry to open up to him, he's warned off the case by letters and calls threatening him and his shattered family. Torn between his ex-wife Sarah's demands that he give up the case and his feisty daughter Emily's urging him on, even after she's attacked herself, Wilson hears that Sabrina's body has been found--just as another of his cases, his play therapy with three-year-old Craig Clark, is raising the ugly possibility that Craig's been abused by his stepfather, hotshot domestic-violence expert Dr. Jeffrey Banner. Though the plotting (crucified cat--colleagues' freeze-out--threatened kids--motorcycle chase--apocalyptic face-off with villain from hell) is standard fare, YA-author Crutcher's needle-sharp focus on hurting kids makes this memorably harrowing from the starting gun.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 1992
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Morrow