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The Delilah Complex - Erotic Psychological Thriller (The Butterfield Institute Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

MJ Rose
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As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. The Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary where she tries to heal these battered souls.

The Scarlet Society is a secret club of twelve powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate -- strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot -- is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow. But what starts out as grief counseling quickly becomes a murder investigation, with any one of the twelve women a potential suspect.

The case leads Detective Noah Jordan -- a man with whom Morgan has shared a brief, intense connection -- to her office. He fears the number on the man's foot hints that the killings have just begun. With her hands tied by her professional duty, Morgan is dangerously close to the demons in her own mind -- and the flesh-and-blood killer.

Editorial Reviews


". . . M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." -- Laura Lippman

"A riveting novel, and a true feast for the senses." -- Romance Reviews Today on The Halo Effect

"Utterly fascinating! . . . This is one book that will keep you glued to your seat." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

About the Author

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990397114
  • Publisher: Lady Chatterly's Library (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZGF48
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting... January 2, 2006
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Dr. Morgan Shaw is a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute. In all her years of work no person or group has ever asked her to sign a confidentially agreement. Morgan is insulted that this one has, but decides to sign it in the end. This new patient is really a group of twelve women who are part of a secret club, The Scarlet Society. None of the women really know the identities of the others. The group invite selected men to share anonymous pleasures of the night with them. The men are willing participates and always subservient to the women.

The Scarlet Society is shaking from its very foundation due to the murder of a male member. The women need to know how to grieve for a man that they cannot even admit they knew. The number one is inked on the soles of his feet, so no one is totally surprised when the number two appears on the second victim.

All information and photos of the victims are sent to NY Times news reporter Betsy Young. It is only through Betsy's mail that the police ever realize that something is going on. The bodies of the victims are not being found. All the police have to go on are photos from the anonymous sender to Betsy and matching them to missing person reports. This is very frustrating for Detective Mark Perez and his partner Detective Noah Jordain.

Could it simply be coincidence that leads Noah to Morgan's office? After all, they've shared a brief, but powerful, connection in a previous case. One thing is for sure, Morgan is too close to the killer for comfort.

**** If you have had the pleasure of reading this author's first best selling novel "Lip Service", then you already know how well M.J. Rose writes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delilah Complex - Book 2 January 20, 2011
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I am working my way through M.J. Rose's trilogy. Book 2 "The Delilah Complex" was every bit as good as her first "The Halo Effect". This can be read as a stand alone but I would really recommend that the series be read in order. M.J. Rose writes a thrilling, fast moving story and the pace picks up even faster as the book climaxes. I like how her characters continue from one book to the next, but also like how she includes a bit of the back story in the subsequent book and does this without it seeming to be repetitively boring. Series order; The Halo Effect (MIRA), The Delilah Complex (MIRA), The Venus Fix: A Dr. Morgan Snow Novel (Butterfield Institute, Book 3).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Delilah Complex, e-book edition by M. J. Rose is an interesting mix of mystery and quasi-erotica.
Dr. Morgan Snow is a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute and is persuaded to undertake the therapy of a group of women who represent, and all are part of, a secret sex society. The society meets at various times for parties that allow them to treat men, who also are secret adjunctive members and in need of domination, in a subservient manner. Some of the men disappear sequentially and pictures of their nude bodies are sent to a newspaper reporter, who must, of course, inform the police. Eventually, the culprit is discovered after a series of twists in the plot.
The story centers around Morgan's activities on behalf of the society and her relationship with her daughter Dulci, a thirteen-year-old who shows acting ability, Noah Jordain, a detective with whom she is enamored, Nina, the Institute Director and mother figure for Morgan, who lost her mother tragically, and the various members of the society she is counseling. Morgan is carrying a large amount of psychological baggage, as are the other characters. This, plus the setting, allows dissemination of a large amount of psychological material to be interspersed in a plot that provides multidirectional clues. Delineation of the culprit provides an interesting climax.
Some readers may find the abundant presentation of supportive psychological material a little heavy at times. Additionally, I find some of Morgan's activity and ability a little suspect. However, the plot is interesting, the characters and their problems are relatively well portrayed, and the action is adequate to move the story at a pleasant pace. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "When you dance with the Devil... January 27, 2012
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"....the Devil don't do"--one of my favorite quotes from the movie 8mm...I think that's pretty fitting of how the character of Dr. Morgan Snow is being developed in this series. But that's only one part of the story.

The main story of this novel centers around the Scarlet Society, an ultra secret sect of powerful and rich NYC women who attend meetings which is more or less a sex club. This club is different though in that the men that are there to service them are basically willing sex slaves. When a charter member of the male slave contingent goes missing and has pictures of his lifeless body sent to a reporter at the New York Times, the head of the NYC sex club gets in contact with Morgan Snow because of her involvement in the Magdelane Murder case from the previous year. They are not only upset about the men they knew intimately going missing but they're afraid for their lives as well.

At its heart this book is a sexually charged thriller. There are some twists and turns in there but I would be lying if I didn't say I knew who the criminal mastermind behind the whole plot was about half way through the book.

Some of the more graphic sexual imagery comes when the leader of the Scarlet Society sends Morgan a video tape of what the club is all about. I'm of two minds on this:

Mind 1) It almost seems as if Rose is trying really hard to get an erotic element in the book. Maybe that's my interpretation and it could be the wrong one mind you but that was my first impression.

Mind 2) going back to my quote from 8mm. I don't care how strong a person is but being a psychoanalyst, having to deal with the darkest depths of peoples minds has to take its toll on the professional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good psychosexual entertainment
I began the series and will still read them, as long as the price stays low. They're interesting, but formulaic.
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More About the Author

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..

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