Amnesia (Peter Zak, Book 1) by G. H. Ephron

By G. H. Ephron

If the single witness to a homicide has amnesia, how do you trap the killer?

Instead of matching fingerprints or DNA, forensic psychologist Dr. Peter Zak solves instances by means of learning mental clues and phenomena. Peter, whose area of expertise is the mind and behaviour, consults for the Boston public defenders place of work, studying the concept methods and personalities of witnesses and defendants.

Sylvia Jackson was once shot within the head and left for useless, her boyfriend murdered. Waking from a coma after six weeks, she recollects nothing-until 3 months later, whilst she starts to bear in mind information of the crime and the killer. eventually, Syl accuses her ex-husband, remembering what feels like incontrovertible proof of his guilt. yet Stuart Jackson turns out destroyed via his ex's ordeal; may well he particularly be responsible of this vicious crime?

Peter hand over consulting on trials a 12 months in the past while his spouse was once brutally murdered by means of a killer angered via Peter's recommendation of an madness safety. but if his outdated colleagues demand aid with this strange case, he's hooked. It's Peter's activity to figure out how trustworthy Syl's reminiscence rather is, and to exploit these thoughts to discover the truth.

Amnesia is bound to be the beginning of an fascinating and unique crime series.

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As the post-earthquake confusion dissipated, some of those refugees eventually went back to their native quarters, while others decided to stay in the newer neighborhoods. In addition, as the city bounced back from the destruction of the earthquake rather quickly, more new arrivals flooded in from rural areas in search of a better life. The constant influx and relocation of people further weakened such idealized images as the edokko (literally: child of Edo) and the closely knit traditional shitamachi (downtown) neighborhood.

8 The Edo gaze is projected inward: the gazer expects the object to possess interior mechanisms that are not accessible by superficial observation. On the other hand, while the gaze in tailing assumes the same sort of interiority in an object, it assumes that it is possible to know the truth about such interior worlds through their exterior manifestations. Unlike the investigative gaze among Dutch learners during the Edo period that seek access to the object’s inner, hidden truth by gaining physical access to interior, the modan gaze believes that all manifestations of inner truth can be found on the surface.

Maybe I am mad. Maybe I am not completely mad, but may be a sort of psychotic. 26 Gōda Saburō, the protagonist from another of Ranpo’s works from the same year, “Yaneura no sanposha” (A Wanderer in the Attic; 1925) is also an avatar of the same urban youth who have more time and money than they can handle. Although his boredom ultimately leads him to murder one of his neighbors, he initially tries to dispel the intense feeling of ennui by other, more harmless means. He experiments with everything listed in the Encyclopedia of Entertainments (Goraku hyakka zenshū), including dressing as a woman and seducing men, but still feels an emotional void in his heart.

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