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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583486062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583486061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...a twist of plot worth waiting for...Young parents might not want to read this is their house is quiet. -- Kristiana Gregory, LA Times Book Review

About the Author

Deborah Shlian practiced Family Medicine for over ten years before returning to UCLA for an MBA. She has since balanced medical management consulting with writing. Double Illusion was her first medical mystery. She has published three novels, several non-fiction books as well as numerous magazine and journal articles on healthcare and medical management issues. She recently moved from Los Angeles to Boca Raton, Florida where she lives with her husband, also a physician and writer.

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Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA practiced medicine in California where she also taught at UCLA. She has published nonfiction articles and books as well as medical mystery/thrillers. Her first two novels, Double Illusion and Wednesday's Child were paperback originals and were optioned by Hollywood producers for film. Since moving to Florida, she has had three new novels published. Rabbit in the Moon is an international thriller and has won the Gold Medal for Genre Fiction from the Florida Book Award, the Mystery Book of the Year Silver Medal from ForeWord Magazine, an Indie Excellence Award, a National Best Books Award Finalist from USA Book News and won First place in the Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association. Dead Air, the first in a series starring radio talk show host Sammy Greene, won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller Devil Wind, the second in the series also is won First place Royal Palm Literary Award, First Place, Hollywood Book Festival (Audiobook version), Second place in Mensa's Sharp Writ Award and Finalist in the Indie Next Awards. All Shlian's books are available in print, eBooks and Audiobook format.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonita Wagner on September 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
It grabs your attention from page one and keeps you guessing until the end. The medical scenes are very well written and the characters believable. Why would anyone steal babies? Read this book and get a true look into a mind capable of such things. This is the best mystery I have read in a long time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Lightman on April 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a mother of young children I could not put the book down until I figured out who was kidnapping the babies. Needless to say, I was up all night reading because I could not identify the kidnapper until the end when the book actually spelled it out for me.
I do not find a lot of time to read, so I have high expectations when I do get the opportunity. This book did not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duncan H. Haynes on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
THE PREFACE: Fleeting moments inside the mind of an evil woman - she must be a nurse - as she whisks a newborn baby from the hospital after delivering it from a heavily sedated mother and substituting a dead baby in its place. Her mind does not reveal where this is happening, but there is no doubt that she has stolen newborns before and will do it again.
THE STORY: Placed in Los Angles in the early 1980s, Double Illusion is a tale of building suspense as the reader is shown mounting evidence of the evil woman's next strike - against Juanita, a destitute, unmarried illegal immigrant who is eight months pregnant. Two other recent arrivals to the city emerge as protagonists. Victor has just been hired as an investigative reporter for the L.A. Tribune, and Ann has just taken on a part-time job as nurse in a psychiatric institute at UCLA. Victor is investigating slumlords and tenement fires. As the son of a police detective, he reads crime stories from all over the country and doesn't mind following leads on this own time. Victor meets Ann when he charms his way into her psychiatric ward, attempting to interview a catatonic patient who had lost her mind after her baby was stolen. A "wire story" had given him a new lead for that case, which went cold after his father died, back in Houston. Partly an investigative journalism story, partly a medical thriller worthy of Michael Palmer, and partly an blossoming romance, Double Illusion delivers on all fronts while living up to its name. It tugs at the reader's mind and heart as sympathetic characters grope in the dark toward shocking truth, which is finally revealed in a flash that is twice as vivid as the story's disturbing preface.
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