While the large cast slows its momentum, this courtroom tale should appeal to readers who enjoy legal and psychological...


When one psychologist accuses another of planting false memories in a client’s mind, everybody lawyers up and someone winds up dead.

In Kluft’s (Good Shrink/Bad Shrink, 2014, etc.) latest novel, attractive young associate Linda Gilchrist becomes part of the defense team for even more striking Dr. Joan Underwood, the target of a lawsuit by another psychologist, Dr. Gordon Travers. Underwood had treated one of Travers’ former patients, Melody Jarrett, who suffered from multiple personality disorder. One of Jarrett’s personalities said Travers had molested her during her counseling sessions with him. Travers said the “recovered memories” Underwood brought to the surface were false, and that revealing them damaged his practice and reputation. But Gilchrist’s team feels Travers doth protest too much, and that he thinks “he can ride that whole false memory thing to a big payday” against Underwood and the hospital she worked for while treating Jarrett. But is Travers in the right, and does Jarrett have some hidden agenda? She did leave his practice abruptly, and then refused to take his calls. Curiously, the governor has a private interest in the case. He also has a personal interest in well-connected Billie Mason, a beautiful woman with a backstory who’s “admired for her gravity-defying bust.” The author is a professor of clinical psychology who has served as an expert witness and a defendant in trials involving false memory. His knowledge and experience allow him as a novelist to get into the weeds of the subject, offering intriguing details and realistic courtroom scenes. But the throughline of the book can get lost among the discussions of marital woes and favorite mystery writers. In addition, an overabundance of characters bogs down the story. To help readers, a two-page glossary of major players is provided, but while it includes an entry for a dog, it fails to list key character Travers. Graphic language may put off some readers. But others will delight in seeing various players’ secrets unspool in and outside of the courtroom.

While the large cast slows its momentum, this courtroom tale should appeal to readers who enjoy legal and psychological maneuvers.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-1-949093-27-8

Page Count: 427

Publisher: IPBooks

Review Posted Online: July 15, 2019

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A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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