The dude abides!

 

Love this one:

“Troubled Chicago psychologist Mark Angelotti is haunted by a reckless past in which he ‘annihilated’ his Hippocratic Oath. Mark is returning to his professional life with blindness caused by a genetic defect. Though he’s pretty much a walking emotional maelstrom, he’s high functioning, whose empathy meter redlines in the case of Charlie Dickerson a developmentally disabled adult with Fragile X syndrome who is framed for murder and from whom the cops have coerced a confession. Mark is dead set to exonerate Charlie by finding the murderer himself, but as he gets closer the killer targets him. Raimondo offers more than a typical thriller. Though the story itself is tight and fast paced, Raimondo also has the especially convincing Mark railing against a police system divorced from justice and also exploding various stereotypes about persons with disabilities, especially visual impairments. Readers will love Mark’s dry, sarcastic wit “I’ll keep my eyes wide open,” he’ll say, or refer to his Blindberry. Whether he is arguing with a disability rights activist, sparring with a cruel, confrontational lawyer, gently wooing a colleague (blind sex is no different than regular sex, it seems), or carefully navigating the emotional minefield represented by Charlie’s parents, Mark is a vivid character, an astute and insightful man. Even if he does sometimes uses big words (e.g., eidetic[5], arriviste[6]), I hope we ‘see’ (ha!) more of him soon.”   — Books for a Right and Happy Dude (Library Journal 1/14/13)

Library Journal’s Mystery Debut of the Month (December, 2012)

 

(Starred Review) “Charlie, a developmentally disabled adult, loves his art teacher, Shannon. But then Shannon is murdered and Charlie is holding her body when the cops show up. Conveniently for the authorities, he confesses to the crime. Further complicating the situation, Shannon was pregnant and DNA says Charlie was the father. But Mark, a psychiatrist who is blind and who has counseled Charlie and his family before, strongly believes the man has been framed. Determined to do right by his young patient, Mark embarks with zeal on an amateur sleuthing mission. He learns that Shannon was quite opportunistic and had a bucketful of enemies. The real question is how well Mark can maneuver through the streets of Chicago without getting killed, too.  VERDICT Raimondo’s ambitious first-person-narrator debut tackles a taboo topic head-on. Her blind psychiatrist character (with oodles of guilt issues) is a real keeper . . . ”  Library Journal, December 13, 2012

 

Publisher’s Weekly Review (11/05/12)

 

“Near the start of Raimondo’s engaging debut, Chicago psychiatrist Mark Angelotti receives a visit from the parents of 18-year-old Charlie Dickerson, who has the mental age of a grade schooler and has been crying in the middle of the night at his care facility, the New Horizons Center.  Charlie’s well-heeled parents fear that Charlie has been abused at New Horizons.  The psychiatrist, who’s still reeling from a diagnosis of a degenerative eye disease, doubts abuse, but he soon faces a bigger problem after Charlie confesses to the murder of the center’s art teacher, Shannon Sparrow.  Accused of malpractice and fearing the effect of imprisonment on Charlie, Angelotti begins to look into the backgrounds of Shannon and her co-workers.  Angelotti’s smart-aleck tendencies and unswerving dedication to his vulnerable client — as well as an exciting climax — keep the reader turning the pages.”  Publisher’s Weekly (November 5, 2012)

Books Before the Buzz

 

“If you cross Christie’s And Then There Were None, Grisham’s The Firm and Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs, you might get something like Dante’s Wood, the upcoming book by Lynne Raimondo. The taut read follows a psychiatrist/investigator who is trying to uncover why a young patient confessed to a crime … and it leads into the dark back alleys of Chicago and right into a DNA mystery in this January 2013 release.”  The Books Before the Buzz, RT Book Reviews.