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Amnesia (Peter Zaks Mystery #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  12 reviews
If the only witness to a murder has amnesia, how do you catch the killer?

Instead of matching fingerprints or DNA, forensic psychologist Dr. Peter Zak solves cases by studying psychological clues and phenomena. Peter, whose specialty is the brain and behavior, consults for the Boston public defenders office, analyzing the thought processes and personalities of witnesses and
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 2000)
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Lots of information on memory loss and false memories which I am fascinated by especially as a mystery story line. You do have to tolerate a bit of psycho babble in this book. From the beginning I knew there was something off about Maria? the patient and I don't mean mentally I mean dishonestly. When I finished reading Amnesia my main feeling was, "that was weird". Who was really being manipulated and who was actually the victim? I'm not sure.
This fast-paced mystery features psychologist Peter Zak and investigator Annie Squires. Dr. Zak is asked to give expert testimony in defense of a man charged with killing his wife's lover and attempting to kill his wife. The case tugs at Zak at the same time that it scares him. When his own wife was murdered he was in the uncomfortable position of prime suspect and the unreliable memory of the woman pointing the finger at this suspect pushes Zak to help find the truth.

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Interesting mystery set in Boston operating on a couple of levels. Forensic psychologist and expert on human memory Dr. Peter Zak becomes involved in helping a public defender defend a murder client. Surviving witness who was shot in the head, identifies a person who murdered of her boyfriend and shooting her in the head. Zak is called in the help determine whether witness's memory is really accurate. Zak is also still recovering from the murder of his wife a year previously and dealing with var ...more
This was a pretty entertaining mystery. The psychology angle made it quite interesting and gave it an added element over the standard mystery novel. But the characters, overall, lacked that certain sparkle to be the first book in a series that I am desperate to continue reading. I will say that for it being written by two authors, it was remarkably cohesive. The ending was not a complete surprise, but it was exciting nonetheless.
Excellent book. As a psychology major in college I truly enjoyed reading this book. Excellent description and interpretations. The puzzle pieces at the conclusion fit together to make a fascinating "picture"/story. Will definitely read the remaining books in this Peter Zak series. And I just purchased Hallie Ephron's new book.
Pat Malon
I almost didn't finish reading as the story line featured 2 characters without any connection. Finally at the end it was revealed how the 2 characters were related. Overall, good read.
Cool book. I like psychology/mysteries but this book did not work for me. It's interesting tho because of the layman's term of psychology mojos. :)
Accident victim loses memory, is hospitalized, but someone tries to kill her and the shrink that examines her. Good mystery.
My blog post about this book is here.
Jul 02, 2007 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense fans
Good suspense about a forensic neuropsychologist and memory.
Good mystery....ending was not predictable.
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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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