By John Gapper
Ben Cowper, an attending psychiatrist on the prestigious New York–Episcopal sanatorium, is shocked to profit the identification of the emergency sufferer he’s simply been assigned to regard: Harry Shapiro, a Wall road colossus and certainly one of Episcopal’s such a lot fashionable donors. yet a high-profile reversal of fortune has left the as soon as robust funding banker jobless, sour, and doubtless desperate—judging by way of the handgun his spouse unearths him clutching. In Ben’s professional opinion, Shapiro is a suicide ready to ensue. but if the headstrong financier balks at a longer remain within the clinic psych ward, Ben reluctantly releases him, bowing to political strain from Episcopal’s leader administrator, who’s extra focused on the patient’s cash than his mind.
Days later, the stunning information breaks: There’s been a taking pictures dying in Harry Shapiro’s Hamptons mansion. yet much more surprising is the identification of the sufferer. A tragedy units in movement an explosive chain of occasions that turns Ben Cowper’s existence upside-down.
As hard-nosed law enforcement officials shut in with tougher questions, the health facility closes ranks to guard its personal pursuits. yet with colleagues freezing Ben out, blameless conditions conspire to incriminate him. Hounded via a DA who’s out for blood, and haunted by means of the threat of a shattered occupation, Ben has no selection: He needs to delve into the hearts and minds of the folk who recognize Harry top, discover the secrets and techniques they’d quite die—or kill—to preserve, and disclose the reality at the back of an internet of malice disguised as madness.
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A Fatal Debt: A Novel by John Gapper