Picks and Pans Review: Shatter

updated 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Michael Robotham |

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Australian Robotham's latest offers an unsettling look into a killer's mind—mostly from the vantage of deviant-psychology professor Joe O'Loughlin. Haunted after he's unable to stop the suicide of a woman police have asked him to talk down, O'Loughlin investigates and uncovers a psychopath who uses victims' children as bait in a game of murder. Robotham is a fine storyteller, and his characters, including hard-bitten detective Veronica Cray, are captivating. Shatter may not reinvent the genre, but it lives up to its title.

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