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The seventh sense
MacGregor, T. J.
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New York : Kensington Books, [1999]

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262 pages ; 24 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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T.J. MacGregor's The Hanged Man was praised as a "mesmerizing thriller" (Booklist), and as "a dark, suspenseful page-turner" (Nora Roberts, author of Sanctuary). Now this Shamus Award nominee returns with a new novel that blends psychological suspense with a riveting duel between a man driven over the edge and the FBI agent whose family he killed.

Frank Benedict, a high-powered attorney with a Miami firm, is driving home in a storm from what should have been the biggest night of his career. Instead, the client he's been wooing for months won't commit, threatening to blow his pending partnership. Now, fueled by alcohol and rage, Benedict slams his BMW -- twice -- into an Explorer. When the passenger door flies open and a pregnant woman stumbles out and collapses, Benedict flees the scene. At home, he methodically begins to cover his tracks. He tells his wife it was a hit and run accident, and convinces her to keep silent. But when Benedict's lies and deceptions begin unraveling, he's slowly driven to terrible extremes by his own desperation and fear.

For FBI veteran Charlie Calloway, the search for the man who killed her husband and unborn child becomes a race against time. She teams up with former agent Doug Logan, a man whose near-death experience left him with extraordinary psychic powers. Together, Charlie and Doug hunt through a maze of evidence that defies logical explanation and leads them into the most frightening place of all...the shadows of the human mind.

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Booklist Review

MacGregor combines a riveting story, memorable characters, and heart-pounding suspense in this outstanding supernatural thriller. Introducing the supernatural into a crime novel is risky because it threatens to alienate those unwilling to suspend disbelief. MacGregor, though, has no trouble hooking his readers regardless of their belief in psychic phenomena. Doug Logan, a former FBI agent, is the benefactor of a near-death experience, finding himself with extra senses he wishes he didn't have. When agent Charlie Calloway is almost killed in a brutal hit-and-run crash that claims the lives of her husband and unborn infant. Logan is convinced to return to Miami and the bureau to help her find the killer. MacGregor generates almost unbearable suspense, not by making us guess whodunit but by switching viewpoints between the victim, the perpetrator, his wife, and others--all the while maintaining the cat-and-mouse game between FBI and killer. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1575664119Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

The wind and the rain that rage in the opening scenes of Shamus Award-winner MacGregor's (Mistress of the Bones; The Hanged Man) off-beat psychodrama soon become internal forces, as the lives of his yuppified characters are torn up and battered. Ambitious Miami attorney Frank Benedict, drinking heavily to dull the loss of a client whose business would have assured him a full partnership in his high-powered firm, is alone on the road in his black BMW. When a Ford Explorer carrying pregnant FBI agent Charlie Calloway and her husband crosses Benedict's path, the lawyer, still seething with unresolved anger, hits the accelerator instead of the brake. He smashes the Explorer again, killing Calloway's husband, then drives off in a panic, leaving Charlie bleeding in the street and her pet dog running into the neighborhood. Arriving home, Benedict frantically begs his wife to support him; charges of intoxication, leaving the scene and vehicular homicide would end his career, he argues. Together they sink the battered Beemer in an abandoned quarry. Though her baby dies, Charlie gradually recovers. Frustrated by the lack of clues in Charlie's husband's homicide, her boss seeks the help of former agent Doug Logan, who has ESP resulting from a near-death experience when he was wounded in the line of duty. It turns out that Charlie had a similar experience after the collision, and now she too has psychic powers. With a million-dollar reward on his head, Benedict's anxiety escalates and he kills again, but Charlie's injured dog provides the clue to Benedict's undoing, thanks to an elderly Alzheimer's patient who can see into the future. MacGregor keeps the suspense rising, and a rushed and melodramatic denouement is the only letdown in her creepy exploration of the powers of human perception. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved