"Escape me? Never..." - Beautiful but deadly Agnes Hatcher is the most ruthless sociopathic killer that the hospital for criminal justice has ever known. And she wants out - now. From award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg comes a fast-paced suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror set along the Southern California coast. More
"A sleek, smooth and constantly surprising page-turner..."*
"Escape me? Never..." - Beautiful but deadly Agnes Hatcher is the most ruthless sociopathic killer that the hospital for criminal justice has ever known. And she wants out - now. From award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg comes a fast-paced suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror set along the Southern California coast.
This is the first book in the Criminally Insane series.
Originally published in hardcover and paperback under Clegg's pen name, Andrew Harper.
Agnes Hatcher is known as the Gorgon, for her intense stare; and also The Surgeon, for the style of murders she delights in.
Incarcerated, she wants out -- now. She'll do anything to find her beloved -- and show him the disturbing visions of his past life, linking them back to one of the most terrifying and mysterious murderers the world has ever known.
"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
The Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice is taking its toll on Trey Campbell, a psych tech who who works with sociopathic criminals.
His dreams are filled with the sight of their dead eyes, by the sound of their anguished screams. He is haunted by images of blood-stained uniforms, broken bodies, and broken minds.
"You shouldn't have left me alone," she whispers.
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby."
-- Dean Koontz
Between the jagged cliffs of San Pedro and the crystal blue waters off Catalina Island there is nothing but peace and isolation.
For Trey, his wife, and their two children, it is just the sanctuary they need.
For two weeks, life will be good. Better than good. And the best part is no one will be able to find them...
"I will not be ignored."
Once, Agnes Hatcher was a suburban school teacher, a member of the Junior League and a subscriber to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
She also had a fondness for knives that earned her the nickname, the Surgeon.
Today she is the most brilliant and brutal psychopath at Darden State.
In her twisted fantasy life she shares an unbreakable karma with the man she believes to be her devoted lover.
But this weekend Trey has abandoned her. And Agnes is feeling very unforgiving.
"I'm coming for you."
Now darkness has fallen on the Campbells' isolated vacation retreat. A diabolical game of wits is about to begin. Because what Agnes has planned for Trey and his family is beyond anything any of them can imagine...
* " Take a mental hospital, a weary psychiatrist suffering from nightmares he doesn't understand, and a killer as chilling as they come, and you've got a sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner. Reminds me of a very hip Robert Bloch." —Ed Gorman
Author Note: There are three books in the Criminally Insane series - Bad Karma, Red Angel and Night Cage.