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Addiction (Peter Zaks Mystery #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Amnesia, G.H. Ephron's acclaimed debut, introduced forensic neuropsychologist and expert defense witness Dr. Peter Zak. Returning in Addiction, Peter is back in the thick of things at the Pearce Psychiatric Center, coping with patients as well as everyday average administrative nightmares at the hospital, like budgetary concerns, construction, and colleagues' drug trials. ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2001)
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When I start a series, I give book one a lot of leeway to build characters and work out the new writer kinks. Book two doesn't get as much slack. This was interesting in ways. I like the way the psychologist/psychiatrist relationship is presented with Zaks and Kwan, showing how well it can work when each has respect for what the other does. However, this one was kinda preachy (big bad pharma ... you know, the same pharma that actually makes thousands and thousands of drugs that save lives every ...more
Amy Paget
This is the second volume in the Peter Zaks mystery series. I enjoyed the book for both its emotional content and for the insights into forensic pyschology. Reading this book is part of my exploration of the work of the Ephron sisters. G. H Ephron is actually Hallie Ephron and forensic neuropsychologist Donald Davidof. Vist Hallie's blog at and look at my blog at has a post in revision regarding the work of the Ephrons.
Nov 16, 2010 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series written by two authors. It is similar to Patricia Cornwall or Kathy Reichs or Jonathan Kellerman. Yet, the plot development is different. Not intending to sound "super" educated, the wording is a bit more sophisticated, yeilding a more interesting read. This book was published on 2001. One of those accidental finds.
Mar 27, 2009 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this murder mystery at a Psych Hospital. I had my suspicions for who was responsible but the story was more complex than initially thought. At the end there is a lot of info and I wasn't too sure if the book was going to be wrapped up nicely, but it was. I have not read any other books by this author and it seems that these characters have met each other in a previous book.
Sep 18, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book, I kept wondering who was the murderer. The clues always pointed to someone new each chapter. Once I found out the culprit, it all added up. The author really knew how to keep a reader reading.
May 05, 2008 Suziqoregon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My blog post about this book is at this link.
Oct 18, 2016 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, interesting psychological concepts. Happens I am interested in neuropsychiatry right now and this book just caught my eye.
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Hallie Ephron and forensic neuropsychologist Donald Davidof are co-authors of the Dr. Peter Zak medical/psychological mysteries. They write under the shared pseudonum G.H. Ephron. The character of Dr. Zak is based loosely on Don, who runs a unit at the McLean, Harvard's psychiatric hospital, and often consults as an expert witness for the defense in criminal cases.
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Other Books in the Series

Peter Zaks Mystery (5 books)
  • Amnesia (Peter Zak, #1)
  • Delusion (Peter Zaks, #3)
  • Obsessed (Peter Zaks, #4)
  • Guilt (Peter Zaks, #5)

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