Baker & Taylor A gripping novel of suspense follows Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst on the brink of a much-needed vacation, as he is plunged into a deadly game of revenge where a mysterious tormentor waits in the darkness to destroy him.
Blackwell North Amer Happy fifty-third birthday, Doctor. Welcome to the first day of your death. When a mysterious letter bearing these threatening words is delivered to Dr. Frederick Starks, his predictable life is thrown into chaos. Suddenly, the psychoanalyst is plunged into a horrific game designed by a man who calls himself Rumplestiltskin. The rules: in two weeks Starks must guess Rumplestiltskin's identity and the source of his fury. If he succeeds, he goes free. If he fails, one by one, Rumplestiltskin will destroy Dr. Stark's loved ones - friends, relatives, children - unless the good doctor agrees to kill himself. You ruined my life. And now I fully intend to ruin yours. Ignoring the threat is not an option. When one of his patients dies under the wheels of a subway train and a detective investigating the case is struck by a hit-and-run driver, Starks know his tormentor means business. And then there are the messengers sent to guide Starks on his descent, from the seductive woman in a trench coat who calls herself Virgil to a lawyer named Merlin who concocts a spell of havoc and lies. His bank account rifled, his credit ruined, and his reputation dragged through the mud, Starks must rouse himself from the cocoon of his life, unlock the secret of Rumplestiltskin, and find a way to stop the madman - before he himself is driven mad.
Baker & Taylor Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst on the brink of a much-needed vacation, is plunged into a deadly game of revenge where a mysterious tormentor waits in the darkness to destroy him.