Professor Isaac Stone is in his mid thirties. He is an American (Bostonian by birth) professor of psychiatry.
He is an expert in a range of severe mental health disorders and is known to possess an incredibly short temper. He also declines to tolerate any nonsense whatsoever.
He is called upon to visit a female patient called Esmerelda Harris. who is currently incarcerated within the Rudyard Kipling Hospital where she is receiving treatment for a severe nervous breakdown. Which is, apparently, the result of her witnessing a particularly harrowing and shocking event.
It will be the professor's job to help her to recover from this traumatic event and to regain her mental equilibrium.
But what did Esmeralda Harris witness that was so distressing that it caused such a dreadful breakdown?
Can the professor help her? Does he want to?
The story is told from the point of view of Charlie Yates, described as "a delightful raconteur" who has a large fund of anecdotes which are sure to keep the reader captivated and enthralled.
The climax of this novel is hideous and dramatic and very tragic.
It is published by the Book Guild at £8.99 and is available here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.
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