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Book 2, The Memory Series

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The Underhill family has loomed over Pennsylvania politics for four generations as the most powerful in the state. Now, with their youngest son locked in a tight gubernatorial race, a simple accident threatens to derail the entire campaign. After Floss Underhill, the family matriarch, has been discovered alive after falling from a gazebo into a ravine, Brenna Kennedy gets brought in as a defense attorney to the family. The police don’t seem to believe that her fall was an accident, however, and soon neither does Brenna.

Jim Christensen, a psychologist, memory expert, and Brenna’s partner as they raise their children together, has been studying Floss Underhill for months in a group of Alzheimer’s patients. Her mind ravaged by the disease, her body broken by the fall, Floss Underhill nevertheless knows something, and is trying to tell Christensen a family secret so explosive it could bring down an empire. To help bring it out of her, though, will make them powerful enemies, and bring both the truth—and the danger—very close to home…

“Martin J. Smith writes a damned good whodunit. Shadow Image hooks you … right through to the last page.”
—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Box

“Powerful figures tread a dangerous path through dementia, pity, and murder in Martin J. Smith’s compelling new novel. …No reader will walk away untouched.”
—Taylor Smith, author of Random Acts


From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 1998 – Smith brings back psychologist Jim Christensen (Time Release) in an obvious whodunit set against a truly engaging background of art therapy used to aid Alzheimer's patients. Christensen and his lover Brenna Kennedy, the knockout defense attorney, are caught in the maelstrom when the matriarch of the powerful Underhill family, Floss Underhill, goes over a railing on the family estate. Floss is in the late stages of Alzheimer's, so it is through her paintings that the duo hope to unravel the secrets behind Floss's "accident." The scenes at the Harmony Brain Research Center are fascinating, but unfortunately, Smith's plotting plods, with Jim and Brenna often two steps behind any reader who's ever seen or read a mystery.

Customer Reviews

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A very well-written suspense novel. Characters are nicely developed. Book has few if any grammatical errors or typos. Highly recommend.

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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Dec 10, 2013
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Seller: Diversion Publishing Corp.
  • Print Length: 319 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Memory Series
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