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From the international best-selling author of the DCI Ryan mysteries.

In a world gone mad, who can you trust?

Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the New York State Homicide Squad. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse, but amid reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?

In desperation, they turn to an outsider, and now Gregory must find the courage to step inside the fortified walls of Buchanan Hospital to uncover the truth. The question is, will he ever be the same again?

Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Catskill Forest.

©2020 LJ Ross (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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"LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers." (The Times

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  • Tommie L McMillan
  • 2020-10-18

Plot is my nightmare scenario

Being trapped in a situation where I'm not believed and I can't escape made this a hard novel not to scream my way through. Even being read by my favorite narrator didn't lessen my tension. My dentist will not be happy to see I've been grinding my teeth again. What if certain things hadn't happened? This story could've ended up like an Edgar Allen Poe tale.

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  • barbara
  • 2020-08-23

Bedlam

I am an avid fan of LJ Ross DC Ryan's books, have read all of them, so when I started reading her new character Alexander Gregory books, I was not convinced if I would like him. Bedlam has changed that, what a book and story, a bit short, but you are kept on the edge of your seat through the whole book and I just want the next one to come out. Never to replace DC Ryan, enjoy him too much, but Dr Gregory will come next. Thank you for your books, I have loved reading them all. The narration is excellent and already brings out his character.

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  • Barbara
  • 2020-07-10

Not a Bad Story

This story reminded me of some of the Godfather in certain ways. It was a nice story with a few twists and turns that took me by surprise. Richard Armitage did a good job as narrator, even if I felt he rushed through the story a bit. Not a long listen, just under 6 hours, but a good plot.

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  • Trish R.
  • 2020-07-09

Wonderful story and narration..

This was a very good story! It showed how Gregory Alexander was a “real” person and had “real” psychological problems, because of his murderous insane mother. AND he came out a better person after being in Bedlam, as a pretend patient. I liked Dr. Naomi Palmer and I think it would be nice to see her in Alex’s life. Harry, Marco, Kitty Steenberg, Lorena Moreno, etc, were all wonderful characters, and made it a more believable storyline. Oh, and it’s always nice to see Alex’s BFF Bill Douglas. There was almost some romance and no swearing. As to the narration: Richard Armitage did a fantastic job on the voices of the male and the female voices as well as their emotions.

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  • TGR
  • 2021-01-08

And now I’m hooked on Alexander Gregory ...

I didn’t think that another series by Ms. Ross would excite me more that her DCI Ryan series. I was so wrong! I am totally I. Love with the character of Alexander Gregory and can’t wait for the next in the series!

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  • NINA RIZZO
  • 2020-11-25

movie material, for sure!!!

Richard Armitage must play Gregory!!! I loved every second of it 💓 Great story line, I was pulled in immediately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-16

Unbelievably unbelievable full of tropes!

This book is full of tropes. The psychologist with secrets and a dark background, the beautiful understanding and motherly women and not least, the mobsters. I enjoyed the first two books in this series (although not as much as the Ryan books) but was let down by this rather silly and predictable book of psychiatric hospitals, mobsters, beautiful women and FBI. Why not simply let our hero go one book without getting sexually attracted to unobtainable women and for gods sake let him stay at home where the author actually understands the culture! I mean, really!

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  • Anna
  • 2020-07-19

Loved it

Really loved the story. I only wish it was longer. Richard Armitage's velvet narration is always a pleasure, and it's mind-blowing how he is able to give every character their own unique voice. Five stars for all.

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  • Elizabeth P. Fowler
  • 2020-07-12

Alexander Gregory thriller

This story is well crafted and the main characters are well drawn. Armitage does his usual super job of narration, adding a Jersey ac cent to his stable of Americans, but he needs to add a few more in future. Recommended.

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  • alma
  • 2020-07-08

American Crime Story with a British Accent

Entertaining story by LJ Ross. The Alexander Gregory character is complex and endearing. His and the other characters' troubled souls are well-developed along with an American Crime Story. It's interesting how much mind reading occurs when trying to decide a person's intention. All fall in that trap at times, it is getting out of it that counts. Richard Armitage as usual does a fantastic job with the voices. He voiced Alexander Gregory and I can imagine him as the character, and loved his colleague's accent as well. The voices of several American characters are well done.