The Fregoli Delusion

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When billionaire H.J. Jarrett is shot to death on a bike path in prestigious Granger Park, the killer is seen running away by a man who is apparently in the right place at the right time. However, Lieutenant Hank Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer discover to their dismay that their only eyewitness suffers from a rare psychotic
disorder that makes his testimony useless! More

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About Michael J. McCann

Michael J. McCann lives and writes in Oxford Station, Ontario, on seven acres in the Limerick Forest south of Ottawa, Canada.

He is the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series and The Ghost Man, a supernatural thriller.

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Review by: Helen jones on April 15, 2013 : (no rating)
This is the 3rd novel in the Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer crime series but the first that I have read. As with all good series it was easy to follow even though I had not read the previous books.

On a bike path in a very prestigious neighborhood, a billionaire has been murdered. The only eyewitness suffers from a rare psychotic disorder, Fregoli Syndrome which causes him to misidentify people. The witness, Brett Parris, is the son of one of the directors of the victim's company. Brett insists that the killer is another employee of the company whom Brett has falsely identified on several occasions as stalking him. The man has an alibi so no one believes Brett. The relationship between the victim and his wife is suspect since they had an "open marriage". In this high profile case, many influential people are being questioned and the Chief wants them handled with kid gloves. Hank knows most of these people because of his family background but Detective Stainer wants to step on toes. They have very different investigative styles.

The suspense really builds up as the story develops and I could not put this one down. I was not sure I was going to like this story because of the witness being mentally ill. The author handled that aspect very well and I enjoyed the novel. I plan to read the first two and look forward to the 4th one! The only problem I had is that Stainer needs to stop using the "f" word so much.

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(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Vera Springer on March 29, 2013 :
Having enjoyed another of the Quill King's great accomplishments, I must agree that Michael does some interesting research to give an exotic twist to his stories. His charactors are well filled out and his research to the twists always leaves one wanting more. I so enjoyed the wee tidbits on narssisim and having worked myself with schizopherics and socially distructive disorders, the book was still easy for any layman to understand. I especially liked the tidbit on photography, but you will have to read it yourself to see what I mean. Far from me to give the plot away! Two thumbs up for The Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
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