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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Mask of Sanity

The Mask of Sanity (Sociopathic Murder)
By Jacob M. Appel
The Permanent Press
ISBN #978-1579624958
Price $17.81 (Hardback)
Price $9.99 (Kindle)
256 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

"The Study of A Sociopathic Killer"

Dr. Jeremy Balint has achieved a lot as a doctor and family man, and everyone sees him as a model professional in the medical field; a man who has everything. But under all that makeup is a sociopath, a person who can turn evil while doing good deeds. When he discovers his wife is having an affair with a fellow doctor, he decides to kill him. But knowing the police might suspect him immediately, he plans out a series of murders, leaving clues of emerald ribbons at each murder scene, and now the police suspect a serial killer, leaving a way open to kill his wife’s lover.

This was an interesting story, but no mystery to it, and was a bit boring. It is a good study on sociopathic killers, as we get into the mind of Dr. Balint as he plans and carries out each murder. And that, alone, is reason to read this novel. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

1 comment:

  1. Appel writes in many genres. Personally, I think the book Wedding Wipeout, a mystery with a Rabbi as a sleuth is probably his best, or at least his most entertaining boo.