A Mind to Murder

A Mind to Murder

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On the surface, the Steen Psychiatric Clinic has always been one of the most eminent institutions in London. But when its administrative head is found with a chisel in her heart, and a weird wooden phallic symbol in her arms, the terrifying truth begins to emerge.

In the midst of an explosive mixture of psychiatry, sex, and drugs, the unenviable task of analyzing the clues falls to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh -- clues that lead him to a diabolically cunning killer bent on proving that the first slaying was no Freudian slip.


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Publisher: New York, Scribner [1967]
ISBN: 9780307400499
0307400492
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 16, 2016

This mystery was originally written in 1963, when LSD and electroconvulsive therapy were more widely used than they are now. But not all the psychiatrists at Steen Clinic approve, and there is considerable hidden conflict among the staff. The administrative officer, who is not a psychiatrist, and not particularly well liked, is found with a chisel expertly applied to her heart. Dalgliesh is called in--from a boring party celebrating his most recent book of poetry. The staff has already done the right thing--segregated patients into one room, staff into another, awaiting his arrival. He soon sends the patients home, and focuses on the staff. Many have opportunity, but who has motive? Too many, it turns out. Dalgliesh fears that he faces his first failure, but he pulls this one out of the fire, with the help of Tigger, the cat ostensibly belonging to the dead woman.

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