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Man and Wife by Andrew Klavan

Man and Wife

by Andrew Klavan

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A wife who's too good to be true usually isn't, and the cliché holds true in Andrew Klavan's engrossing little thriller. Psychiatrist Cal Bradley is married to Marie, a devout, adoring, sensuous helpmate, and he's happier than he ever thought he'd be. In fact, he's surprisingly content to ignore the signs that something in her past is still troubling her deeply, until he sees his wife in the arms of a stranger. Then young Peter Blue, accused of battering his girlfriend and setting a church on fire, comes under Cal's care. When Peter discloses his relationship with the stranger Cal saw in the woods with his wife, Marie's past suddenly explodes into the present, threatening to turn Cal's world upside down. There's not a lot of subtlety here. The conclusion is practically handed to the reader on the first page, with its heavy foreshadowing. But the novel works anyway because of Klavan's deft characterization of Peter, a complex, spiritual adolescent who forces Cal to confront his own conscience and his conflict between love and duty. --Jane Adams

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"Cal Bradley's marriage is the stuff of romance. For fifteen years he has shared his life with Marie, a woman he passionately adores. In an idyllic corner of New England that has been home to his family for generations, Cal has become one of the most respected men in town: a father, a churchgoer, a talented psychiatrist who runs a family clinic. And life is good. Then one night a nineteen-year-old boy named Peter Blue goes on a rampage. After a fight with his girlfriend, Blue sets fire to a local church and brandishes a stolen gun in the face of the town's hard-boiled police chief - a man unlikely to forgive or forget. Friendless and suicidal, Blue is sent to Cal Bradley for treatment. For the patient, it's a last chance at redemption. But for the doctor, it's the beginning of a journey into a world of fear, deception, and murder. Because, somehow, Blue's extraordinary inner life is bizarrely linked to Carl's reality. And in the mystery of the teenager's mind lies the key to a more terrible mystery: Marie Bradley's hidden past. Cal Bradley's marriage is about to become a dark territory of secrets and sudden death. And before he can face the truth, he's going to choose - between everything he believes is right, and everything he loves."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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