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When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Novels) (original 1985; edition 1993)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345466608, Mass Market Paperback)In the first Alex Delaware novel, Dr.¬†¬†Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry.¬†¬†Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and¬†¬†sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when¬†¬†he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific¬†¬†Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but¬†¬†they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old¬†¬†Melody Quinn.
It's psychologist Dr. Alex¬†¬†Delaware's job to try to unlock the terrible secret¬†¬†buried in Melody's memory. But as the sinister¬†¬†shadows in the girl's mind begin to take shape, Alex¬†¬†discovers that the mystery touches a shocking¬†¬†incident in his own past.
This connection is¬†¬†only the beginning, a single link in a¬†¬†forty-year-old conspiracy. And behind it lies an unspeakable¬†¬†evil that Alex Delaware must expose before it¬†¬†claims another innocent victim: Melody Quinn.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:23 -0400)
Child psychologist Alex Delaware examines a disturbed young girl and uncovers evidence of a brutal double murder, a child molester's grisly suicide, and a horrible forty-year old secret that continues to have an effect today.
(summary from another edition)
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