Sunday, June 22, 2008

Death of a Thousand Cuts by Barbara D'Amato

First sentence:

"Jeffrey Clifford sat in the passenger seat of his sister's Mazda, hesitating to open the door."


"The Hawthorne House was once known for its remarkable success rate with autistic children. Now, fifteen years after it closed former residents have returned to Hawthorne House for their first-ever reunion. But the gala event turns into a bloody nightmare when the House's revered founder, Dr. Jay Schermerhorn, is found tortured to death in the mansion's basement.

Schermerhorn had enjoyed a worldwide reputation for his innovative methods and compassionate treatment of autistic children. How could anyone have hated him enough to kill him? As Chicago detectives probe deeply into the history of Hawthorne House, a troubling picture emerges-of a man who inspired both fear and hatred in the children and families who came to him for help."

My thoughts:

This book was a good police procedural with an emphasis on the wide spectrum of autism behaviors. I liked how the point of view switched from former patient Jeffery Clifford who has developed ways of coping with the world to detective Emily Folkestone who learns about how autistic people behave.

Date read: 6/1/2008
Book #: 32
Challenge: Numbers Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Mystery

ISBN-10: 076534257X
ISBN-13: 9780765342577
Publisher: Tor Books
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 386
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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