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.