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Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel    by Jacqueline Winspear order for
Among the Mad
by Jacqueline Winspear
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Henry Holt, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Here is a new one from the author of An Incomplete Revenge - the New York Times bestseller - and four other Maisie Dobbs novels, which include the award-winning debut offering.

Relying upon her finely tuned instincts, the psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs is reluctantly drawn into an extremely dangerous case during the Christmas season in 1931. An apparently suicidal man detonates an explosion on a busy London street, and Scotland Yard suspects something more than the desperate act of a despondent man. In fact, authorities receive a threatening letter that promises more explosions and killings unless the government takes actions to alleviate the suffering of military veterans. Maisie's coincidental proximity to the explosion and the mysterious letter writer's insistence upon the psychologist's involvement in the case means that whether she likes it or not Maisie Dobbs is now very much a part of the investigative team.

As Maisie soon suspects, someone tormented by memories and ghosts from the Great War may be the person responsible for the murderous mayhem. She fails to realize, though, until nearly too late that a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of personality may be the key to solving the mystery and averting further carnage. Time and consequences - complicated by toil and trouble - combine as ingredients in Maisie Dobbs' most challenging case.

Fans of Jacqueline Winspear's five previous novels will find nothing to disappoint them in the latest Maisie Dobbs adventure. Among the Mad, meticulously plotted and written in a sparkling style that deserves to be savored, is another Winspear winner.

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