The Oedipus Murders
On a dark night, along the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, California a woman goes missing. Her husband, a prime suspect, visits a psychiatrist, but instead of being worried about his wife, he is worried about his secretary. The psychiatrist diagnoses a dissociative syndrome, but the psychiatrist, himself, is having a recurrence of dissociative symptoms in which he has episodes of amnesia. When the husband's secretary is murdered and the psychiatrist is found with the body, apparently in the middle of one of his amnesiac episodes, he becomes a suspect himself. Soon, the psychiatrist and the husband both become suspects in the wife’s murder and the secretary’s. The husband finds incriminating evidence against the psychiatrist, and the psychiatrist, himself, begins to wonder if he could be the killer. A page-turner, which requires reading to the very end to find out who the real murderer is.
A slightly alternate reality in which an autocratic American president stages a false terrorist attack in order to get himself reelected. Lucas Evangelista, the writer/reporter from Where Have All the Young Men Gone? learns that the attack is false and sets out on a quest to find witnesses so that he can expose the president's actions. As he visits various dissident groups, who are sheltering more witnesses, he becomes the target of assassination by the government, as are each of his witnesses. He must decide whether rebelling against an evil administration requires that he incite a violent revolution or if he should stick to his philosophy of nonviolence. A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller, which examines political philosophies and the type of resistance that is both moral and effective in the face of an authoritarian government. Highly relevant to our times!
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