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Rage Therapy

by Daniel Kalla

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I'm not a huge fan of mystery/thrillers, but I do appreciate medical nonfiction, and as such, can tolerate/enoy medical mysteries. That is how I came to know Daniel Kalla as an author, and that is how I came to own Rage Therapy for years before finally reading it. Now that I've finally gotten around to it, I must say I'm not disappointed.

Rage Therapy is a medical mystery of the psychiatric variety. Joel Ashman was the protege of a recently-murdered psychiatrist, famed for treating highly unstable and violent criminals. It's not so shocking when he is found the victim of a grisly murder considering the types of people he dealt with every day, but as the mystery of his demise is unraveled Joel learns that his mentor may not have been the man he thought he was, and that anyone can be capable of violence.

This is pretty much exactly what I want out of this type of book. There isn't a lot of time spent on senseless action scenes, and the character spends a lot of time in introspection. It's much more thoughtful than most mystery/thrillers, and it was much more my style. I admit it became tediously sexual towards the end, but it was still satisfying when it was over. (The book, I mean.) ( )
  Ape | Jan 18, 2017 |
Good story. Certainly will read other books by him. ( )
  kmmsb459 | Jan 24, 2016 |
This is a great idea, but it is dry. Possibly the very concept of focusing on therapists and their own inner lives committed the author to a work that was of the mind. And in that, he succeeds. Yet, it's not viscerally involving; it's too intellectual for that. The main character is interesting for the amount of introspection he engages in and his involvement with a self-destructive, charismatic female patient lies at the heart of developments. Here we see how psychiatrists take care of their own inner needs and their relationships with their peers and their colleagues. The setting is undeveloped though, and after a while the mystery becomes repetitive. The police involvement is not great characterization; both the lead detective and the love interest never become as three dimensionals as the shrinks. Ultimately, this is a competent work, but in a murder mystery that's damning praise. ( )
  neddludd | Aug 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765350831, Mass Market Paperback)

A compelling psychological thriller that probes the darkest compulsions of the human mind.
 
Dr. Stanley Kolberg was not just murdered. His lifeless body was battered and broken almost beyond recognition, as though his unknown killer had been driven by a ferocious rage that had exploded madly out of control.
 
As far as the Seattle police are concerned, there is no shortage of suspects. A distinguished psychiatrist, Kolberg specialized in anger management and often treated violent offenders with severe psychiatric disorders. His client list is a virtual lineup of sociopaths, psychotics, and convicted murderers, any one of whom might have unleashed their homicidal fury on the doctor.
 
For Dr. Joel Ashman, who consults as a profiler for Seattle Homicide, the shocking crime strikes particularly close to home. Not only was the victim a fellow psychiatrist, but Kolberg was also his former partner and mentor--he was practically a second father to Joel, who soon finds himself the target of a faceless stalker as well.
 
Who killed Stanley Kolberg and why? The answers lie hidden in a lurid underworld of depraved sex and violence--and in the tortured past of one disturbed young woman.

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"Dr. Stanley Kolberg was not just murdered. His lifeless body was battered and broken almost beyond recognition, as though his unknown killer had been driven by a ferocious rage that had exploded madly out of control." "As far as the Seattle police are concerned, there is no shortage of suspects. A distinguished psychiatrist, Kolberg specialized in anger management and often treated violent offenders with severe psychiatric disorders. His client list is a virtual lineup of sociopaths, psychotics, and convicted murderers, any one of whom might have unleashed their homicidal fury on the doctor." "For Dr. Joel Ashman, who consults as a profiler for Seattle Homicide, the shocking crime strikes particularly close to home. Not only was the victim a fellow psychiatrist, but also his former partner and mentor - he was practically a second father to Joel, who soon finds himself the target of a faceless stalker as well." "Who killed Stanley Kolberg and why? The answers lie hidden in a lurid underworld of depraved sex and violence - and in the tortured past of one disturbed young woman."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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