Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:
“Rachel Lazarus has confessed to the mutilation murder of her estranged husband, a University of Chicago professor known for his provocative polemics, in Raimondo’s absorbing third mystery to feature blind Chicago psychiatrist Mark Angelotti (after 2014’s Dante’s Poison). Angelotti, who must decide if it was cold-blooded murder or the culmination of years of emotional and physical abuse, suspects that there may be more to the case. Meanwhile, professional upheaval and a looming custody battle for his young son have him on edge. With a winter storm bringing Chicago to a standstill and a case that touches on Angelotti’s own troubled childhood, he’s got his hands full. Raimondo does a good job highlighting some current academic controversies, but the book’s main strength is the flawed Angelotti, whose self-deprecating, wry humor in the face of his disability serves to offset some decidedly dark subject matter.”
This one from Library Journal:
“Mark Angelotti, a psychologically troubled and newly blinded Chicago psychiatrist, is hired to help with the defense of legal eagle Jane Barrett for the murder of Rory Gallagher, a well-known journalist. It looks like Jane is being framed; Mark’s friend Hallie is Jane’s mentee, and she begs Mark to provide expert testimony. Unfortunately, a vicious attack on Mark and Hallie leaves her in a coma. Mark knows Hallie recognized the attacker, but he, of course, can’t. Concurrently, two troubling suicides by teen patients of one of Mark’s professional colleagues builds a strong secondary plot that might connect with the journalist’s murder. Big Pharma plays a major part in this intense investigation that continually surprises as the story unfolds. VERDICT Raimondo’s sophomore legal thriller (after Dante’s Wood), methodically paced and intricately constructed, is an engrossing read with twists all the way to the end. The author’s legal background brings an authoritative tone, but her strong suit is her take on the blind person’s life challenges.” — Library Journal (May 1, 2014)
“A near-blind psychiatrist takes on challenging odds to solve a murder.
Two years after Chicago-based psychiatrist Mark Angelotti was diagnosed with a genetic defect that’s robbing him of his vision, he’s trying to adjust to his new life. Regret about his divorce, grief for the death of his older son and estrangement from his younger son leave him without much hope, except for the chance to improve his vision through a medical study he decides to participate in. Meanwhile, his lawyer friend Hallie Sanchez asks his help in a murder case: Her former boss Jane Barrett has been charged with killing her lover, Rory Gallagher, and Hallie wants Mark as an expert witness. Gallagher, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking reporter once famous for his exposés, seems to have been a classic cardiac arrest victim until the exhumation his nephew requests shows he was poisoned with an anti-psychotic medication from the pharmaceutical company Jane represents. Mark’s testimony against some key witnesses helps set Jane free on bail. With the first stage of the murder trial behind them, Mark and Hallie search for a missing homeless man who once saved Mark’s life. A sneak attack leaves Mark mildly concussed and Hallie in a coma. While he waits anxiously for her to recover, Mark tries to find out not only who attacked them, but also what Gallagher was investigating and whether it’s tied to Jane. A second attempted poisoning, a connection to one of Mark’s other cases and some high-tech aids for the blind work together to give Mark unexpected new hope and the reader even more reason to care about Mark’s future.
Raimondo’s (Dante’s Wood, 2013) flawed, complex and courageous protagonist refuses to give in to his disability. In fact, his heightened intuition and awareness make him an unusual but compelling detective in this brisk, well-crafted second adventure in the series.” — Kirkus Reviews
The official launch party for Dante’s Poison has now been set for May 8, 2014 at Campagnola, 815 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. If you’re in the area, come by between 6:30 and 8:30 for free food and drinks and a reading!
Lynne will be role-playing her character, Mark Angelotti, in a mock trial at Left Coast Crime on March 20, 2014. Left Coast Crime 2014: Calamari Crime
“Raimondo’s well-crafted second Mark Angelotti novel (after 2012’s Dante’s Wood) finds the Chicago psychiatrist taking part in a new drug trial that he hopes will reverse his recent blindness. To stay busy, Angelotti agrees to help Hallie Sanchez, a friend and potential love interest, look into the murder of a local journalist—and to testify in a lawsuit involving the suicide of a fellow psychiatrist’s patient. Just as Angelotti begins to explore the murky psychological angles in each of these cases, he and Hallie are viciously attacked. Determined to tie disparate threads together, he enlists cronies and colleagues to fight the good fight and avenge the injured Hallie. The obstinate, often angry Angelotti puts himself in harm’s way in pursuing suspects who are well aware of his weaknesses and who set a series of deadly traps. Chicago serves as the distinctive backdrop to this appealing mystery.” — Publisher’s Weekly 3/3/14
February 25, Chicago Bar Association
May 2-4, Malice Domestic, Bethesda Maryland
May 21, The Book Cellar, Chicago
July 10-12, ThrillerFest, New York
“Watching Angelotti slowly transition from sighted to blind, from selfishness to compassion, is a joy. Throw in the gritty Chicago surroundings, a colorful cast of characters, and a shocking ending, and you’ve got one of the best mystery debuts since V.I. Warshawski solved her first case.” Mystery Scene Magazine
“[A]n absolute delight . . . This novel comes with the highest of recommendations and can’t be praised enough.” Kings River Life Magazine
“Dante’s Wood: A Mark Angelotti Novel, is former lawyer Lynne Raimondo’s debut effort, and it’s a compelling one . . . Each time I thought I had guessed the culprit, I was wrong.” Psychology Today Creating In Flow Blog.