Cal Bradley runs a highly-respected psychiatric clinic in New England. He was brought up in the town and has followed his father's footsteps in being a philanthropic citizen. He and his wife, Marie, are as much in love as they were when they first married and share a contented life with their three children. He is living the American dream. Then he agrees to give free treatment to a badly disturbed young man, Peter Blue, who he believes to be of no threat to anyone but himself. Peter disappears one night but Cal finds him in the mountains above the clinic and doesn't have to institute a search for him. A few hours later the body of a stranger is discovered close to where he found Peter and he is unable to prevent him being taken into custody. He is sure Peter is not a killer and he knows confinement will push the young man into taking his life. As he sets out to prove his innocence and get him released, he discovers the murdered man is not such a stranger, but to expose the identity of the real killer will destroy him.
Andrew Klavan was born in New York City. Before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a newspaper reporter and radio news-writer and editor. He is also the author of five novels under the pseudonym Keith Peterson.
Andrew Klavlan is the kind of writer who catches you by the lapels, hoists you into a sitting position and commands you to listen... MAN AND WIFE is a story that will both warm your heart and chill you to the bone.
Fast paced and gripping.
A wife who's too good to be true usually isn't--and the clich holds true in Klavan's engrossing little thriller Man and Wife. Psychiatrist Cal Bradley is married to Marie, an adoring and sensuous helpmate, and he's happier than he ever thought he'd be. In fact, he's surprisingly content to ignore the signs that something in her past is still troubling her deeply--until he sees his wife in the arms of a stranger. Then young Peter Blue, accused of battering his girlfriend and setting a church on fire, comes under Cal's care. When Peter discloses his relationship with the stranger Cal saw in the woods with his wife, Marie's past suddenly explodes into the present, threatening to turn Cal's world upside down. There's not a lot of subtlety here--the conclusion is practically handed to the reader on the first page, with its heavy foreshadowing. But the novel works anyway, due to Klavan's deft characterisation of Peter, a complex, spiritual adolescent who forces Cal to confront his own conscience and his conflict between love and duty.
Jane Adams, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW