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Projection (Frank Clevenger #2)

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Once an accomplished plastic surgeon, Trevor Lucas started using his scalpel to do very bad things...

Locked in a Boston psychiatric hospital, Lucas is holding the ward hostage-and performing grisly "operations" on his prisoners...

Lucas, calling for forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger, is willing to strike a deal...

What Lucas knows about Clevenger could ruin the psychiatr
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1999)
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Too much gore and violence.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Perhaps there was a valid reason to include the most disturbing violence in this book. But I, with a 31 yr Army career, found it so over the top as to be offensive.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
First of all, let me say that you have to read Denial by the same author before you read this book. It's not a stand alone. You won't understand the backstory and why things happen the way they do. Second of all, let me warn you that this book is extremely gory, graphic and violent. It's a good sequel to Denial. It wraps up a lot of loose ends from that book. However, I felt the last 50 pages were rushed and old characters that you hadn't seen most of the book were all of sudden brought back int ...more
AyyyDaria _Reads
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is such a trainwereck and unbelievable.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a dark tale. This is my second book by the author, not sure if I will read another.
Mare Kinley
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-no
The second on my Ablow reading tour (courtesy of Starfish) was also "OK," but less OK than the first I read, "Psychopath." In "Projection" the protagonist is even less believable and more annoying. Deciding to tell your darkest professional secret that could land you in jail and permanently destroy your career to the hooker you met 90 minutes ago really stretches my suspension of disbelief as far as it can go.

The truth is, I read this for the psychopathology (which, I realize, occurring as it do
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Clevenger series and is a first-rate psychological thriller.

Back Cover Blurb:
Once an accomplished plastic surgeon, Trevor Lucas started using his scalpel to do very bad things....
Locked in a Boston psychiatric hospital, Lucas is holding the ward hostage - and performing grisly 'operations' on his prisoners....
Lucas, calling for forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger, is willing to strike a deal....
What Lucas knows about Clevenger could ruin the psychiatrist. What Cleveng
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another Frank Clevenger mystery and it didn't disappoint. Frank has a major guilt trip throughout this story and with good reason.

Dr. Trevor Lucas is on trial for murders he did not commit. He knew who the murderer was as does Frank but where Trevor didn't say anything, Frank hid the murderer away.

All hell breaks loose when Dr. Lucas has a psychotic break in prison and is transferred to a lock down unit at a state facility. There are murderers of the worst kind in the same unit.

This is another
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I like psychological thrillers and this one was pretty good. A bit gruesome, but I like that. I liked the idea of the story and was eager to see how it played out. However, I found the main character (psychiatrist Frank Clevenger) a bit unbelievable and annoying. His drug habits and constant disregard of the law for his own selfish needs (hiding a murderer so she can "get help") makes him an unlikely mental health professional. The constant talk of healing the most severe of the mentally ill and ...more
Phil Deschler
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Phil by: Self
A page turner. A dark story of death, insanity, murder and hope in a mental ward of a hospital. It also is a stomach turner leaving you to wonder who lives or dies and how they will die. Ablow takes us deep into a psychotics mind and the mind of the psychiatrist trying to save him. It keeps you on the edge. Ablow gives us a deep look into a murders mind and the ugliness that resides there and how he projects his crazy thoughts onto others. He gives a deep look into psychiatrist soul for the psyc ...more
Jack Barraclough
I read this series out of order, starting with the third book and then going back to books one and two. I really enjoyed the third book in the series, but if I had started at the beginning with Denial I would have probably stopped there. The quality of the books have definitely improved as the series has progressed and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Not a bad sequel to the excellent 'denial', 2nd Frank Clevenger novel. It certainly ties up some loose ends left over from 'Denial'. Clevenger is in interesting & complex character & probably hard to get to like.. This series has interested me enough to read the remaining books..
Jeff Dickison
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
A truly bad and repulsive book. The characters are extremely illogical and the violence is stomach churning. I would rather my children watch porn instead of reading this crap. Read 120 pages and threw it in the trash.
Andrew Carter
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a really good book. Very tight and well written. Frank Clevenger, pyschiatrist, matches wits with a deranged surgeon bent on mass murder/suicide to cleanse those under his spell of Satan.
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series started out with quite a bit of detail from book one. Which is great if you did not read them back to back. Then jets off to graphic detail, head shaking and not being able to put it down. I will read the third in the set soon.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
A continuation from "Denial" has Frank Clevenger's career hanging in the balance and maybe even his freedom. An unrelenting pace and with a horrifying twist, this is the ultimate psychological thriller.
Chrissy Owens
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
A far cry from Denial, and very engaging. Hard to put down in a nail-biting, page-gripping sort of way. Expect to stay up late when you start this one.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Eek! But in a good way. Can't beat the psychological thriller as told by Ablow.
Larry Hicks
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hard to believe, no way cops let him do any of that! Everything falls into place just too right to be realistic, gore doesn't bother me I expected that from Ablow.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Perfect follow up from Denial! :)
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Second book in a series but I have read it out of order and think this detracts from the book.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
You can read my thoughts here.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book... I simple read, but the best part about the book, for me, was the ending... Absolutely unexpected twist... I like books like this.
May 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Eileen Engel
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Not nearly as riveting as Denial, but still, a good book. I found it too heavy on the psychological introspective and too light on plot
Donna Zalter
Dec 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2003
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
It is just too violent. But not bad.
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