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Dangerous Attachments Hardcover – July 4, 1995
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This title also marks the debut of a highly skilled perfectionist whose ability to portray emotional tension and psychological disturbance should make this a popular choice. When Dr. Sylvia Strange recommends against parole for dangerous psychotic Luke Watson, she incurs the displeasure of his influential politician father and the fevered stalkings of his younger brother. Meanwhile, Sylvia's friend Rosie, an investigator at the New Mexico Penitentiary, hears rumors of another prison riot, fields incidents of missing body parts, and hunts for a mysterious prisoner feared by all the rest. Scary suspense, lethal action, and gruesome detail.
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A first printing of 50,000 and lots of prepress publicity will get Lovett's debut book off to a fine start, and her publicist's claim that she's the new Patricia Cornwell should help generate sales. Lovett, who's been a forensic researcher for the New Mexico penitentiary, sets her story in that dark, merciless prison. Her heroine, psychiatrist Sylvia Strange, is asked to evaluate inmate Lucas Watson for parole. Watson's father has powerful friends in high places, and even though Lucas is known as a sociopathic killer whose trademark is cutting off his victim's body parts and keeping them as souvenirs, the elder Watson is determined to use his influence to make sure Lucas is freed. But when Lucas is found dead, and a prison riot erupts, Sylvia finds herself surrounded by violence, stalked by an unknown enemy, and fighting to save herself and her sanity before a terrifying killer makes her his next victim. Fans of the genre will no doubt be delighted by this promising debut. Emily Melton
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Well worth it!
When Lucas escapes from jail during a riot, he does not want to run away to another state or country, but pursue Sylvia who has become an object of obsession. Prison officials are also concerned about someone the other inmates have dubbed "the jackal" who is making off with body parts of those both dead and alive.
This is the first in a series Sylvia Strange novels. The protagonist is strong and intelligent, but still realistic in the fact she carries around emotional baggage from the past and is shown "warts and all". The secondary characters are well developed and add greatly to the texture and depth of the story. The vivid descriptions are grisly and graphic, but suit the subject matter. The author takes you on a roller coaster ride that keeps you holding on until the last page. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series in the very near future.
Dangerous Attachments, while the first book in the series, is the third one that I've read. This is not edge of your seat suspense. It's a form of a quieter (but by no means milder) kind of suspense. It's creepy, dark, and ominous. Like a rainy overcast Sunday afternoon. I could definitely see this being made into a movie which says more about the visual imagery and atmosphere of the novel than the lack of plot or anything.
It was a bit slow in the beginning, but as the mystery of they "jackal" deepens it becomes compulsively readable; very difficult to put down. I won't say it's predictable but it doesn't pack any punches which could be a good thing as the straightforward storytelling and deepening sense of dread add to the appeal of the novel. Very enjoyable as is the rest of the series by the solid and reliable Sarah Lovett. Be sure to check out Dantes' Inferno. It's very similar to this one, but a bit more of a dynamo, like The Bone Collector.