Book 1 in the Dr. Cory Cohen Mysteries series
A strait-laced patient in San Diego running for District Attorney is threatened by a midnight phone caller who knows her dirty secret–her fantasy of living as a prostitute–a secret she shared only with Dr. Cory Cohen. After confronting her therapist, she vanishes.
As Cory wrestles with her patient's disappearance, the security breach and the potential harmful effects on other patients, events escalate. A patient is blackmailed. Cory is stalked, and her quarters burgled, forcing her to escape an unseen enemy and sending her on a spiraling trail of deceit, betrayal, blackmail and murder.
“A genuine page-turner in the best sense. Her years as a psychologist have earned Ceren a look at the darkness of the psyche and human behavior. Psychologist-sleuth-Cory Cohen-is both compassionate and tough. A strong, heartfelt work from a writer we will be hearing a lot more about.”
–T. Jefferson Parker, three-time Edgar-winning author
“A haunting tale of ambition and betrayal that tests the strength and ethical convictions of an engaging heroine. At every treacherous turn a cunning and dangerous assailant tries to make Cory choose between the welfare of her patients and her own life. A chilling read.”
–Kris Neri, Agatha-nominated author