The logic of the delusion – “The Fregoli Delusion” by Michael J. McCann

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When the only eyewitness to the murder of a billionaire suffers from a rare psychotic disorder that causes a delusional misidentification of people, Lieutenant Hank Donaghue must search for evidence of the killer among the wealthiest members of Glendale’s social class – including close friends of his own mother. Detective Karen Stainer, on the other hand, firmly believes that the eyewitness was not delusional and is telling the truth when he identifies the killer as the man he believes is persecuting him!
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Review

The Fregoli Syndrome is a condition related to paranoid schizophrenia. A syndrome is a cluster of symptoms the causal factor of which has not yet been established. Thus it cannot be described as a disease in psychiatric classification. The Fregoli patient believes himself to be persecuted, but always by the same person. Without that a specific trigger could be identified, the patient misidentifies different people as the one person he thinks has become a threat to him. With some patients the brain areas responsible for facial recognition are atrophied; with others, not. The Fregoli Syndrome remains a matter of investigation. Continue reading

The walking dead – Mike Martin’s “The Walker on the Cape”

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A man’s body is found in a small fishing community on the East Coast. First, everyone thinks it’s a heart attack or stroke but then it’s discovered that he was poisoned. Who would do this and why? Finding that out falls to Winston Windflower and his side-kick Eddie Tizzard. Along the way, they discover there are many more secrets hidden in this small community and powerful people who want to keep it that way.
Walker on the Cape

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Elias Martin leads a solitary life in the foggy town of Grand Bank. He takes his habitual morning stroll along the Cape. Only that, from this walk, he will not return. First the rumour of a heart attack spreads, but Sergeant Windflower, the police official in charge, quickly realises he is dealing with a murder investigation. Continue reading