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In a pricey bachelor pad, a tormented man loses the battle for his soul...and dies a terrible death, apparently by his own hand....

In a huge hospital complex, an ex-nurse steals through the halls, hiding behind a phony ID...and plotting to exact a terrifying revenge....

In an elegant high-rise, a driven psychiatrist tries to manipulate the truth...and escape punishment for the sins of her past....

Deadly obsessions at a prestigious psychiatric institute, where people are dying--and killing--for love, lead NYPD Detective April Woo and eminent psychiatrist Jason Frank into the dangerous and shadowy area of sabotage and criminal responsibility--in an institution where a cold-blooded killer lurks...and where words can be the most lethal weapon of all.

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Raymond Cowles died of love on the evening of his thirty-eighth birthday.  It happened on Sunday, October 31, after a long battle for his soul.  As with many bitter conflicts, the end was abrupt and unexpected.  In the same way as love had come on him unexpectedly and caught him by surprise after a lifetime of loneliness and despair, death crept up on Ray from behind without his even knowing that his release from ecstasy and anguish was at hand.

Since his twenties, Ray had flipped past the passages about love in the books he read.  The movie versions of passion and lust seemed stupid and unbelievable to him.  Love was supposed to happen to men like him when scantily dressed, big-breasted women flashed the look that said "I'll do anything.  Anything at all."

Lorna had looked at him with those eyes; other women had, too.  Many other women.  Sometimes Raymond had even thought he'd seen it in the eyes of Dr. Treadwell.  He never got it.  Love to him was like a foreign language for which he had all the clues but couldn't figure out the meaning.  And he had learned to live without it as his own personal cross to bear, like a dyslexic who could never really read, or a patient with a terminal illness that wouldn't go all the way and end his misery for a long, long time.

Until six months ago, Raymond Cowles thought he had all his problems solved.  He had made work the focus of his life, tried to find the same satisfactions in his personal life other people experienced in theirs.  He wanted to feel what other people felt, and when he couldn't, he acted as if he did.

Then, six months ago, Ray Cowles finally understood what life was all about.  He fell in love.  The paradox was that real love, the kind that smacked into one so hard it turned a person all the way around, didn't always happen as it should.  The great passion of Raymond Cowles's life came too late and was spiritually messy.  Even though he was a man experienced at battling demons, Ray's new demon was the worst he'd encountered.

With Dr. Treadwell's help he'd conquered all the others.  First the demons that told him he was a bad child.  Then the ones that told him he was stupid, not up to his studies.  The big ones that said he was incompetent at his jobs.  And always in the background there were those demons that told him he could never attract a girl, never satisfy a woman.  These particular demons continued to torture him even after he met Lorna, the endlessly sweet and understanding girl he married.

The killer demon told him he was a failure at everything, even the years of psychoanalysis to which he had resorted half a lifetime ago for a cure.  This was the demon that whispered to him in his sleep that his sudden and overwhelming passion at age thirty-seven was beyond disgusting and immoral.  Love, for Raymond Cowles, was a fall from grace into the deepest pit of depravity from which abyss he was bound to fall even further into the very fires of Hell.

In the months prior to his death, as Raymond fell deeper from grace into lust and corruption, he wanted nothing more than to surrender at last to the first real feeling of contentment and joy he had ever experienced.  But he wanted to fall and be saved with his love absolved.  Surely everyone had the right to surrender to passion and be released from the excruciating anguish of sin.  He had that right, didn't he?

But absolution didn't come, and once again Raymond Cowles's dreams were full of far-off women--high on cliffs when he was on the ground, or on shore when he was way out at sea.  In dream after dream, these women waved their arms at him and told him, "Watch out, watch out."  And each time he awoke in a panic because he didn't know what to watch out for.

Then on October 31, at the very start of his new life, Raymond's world collapsed.  He felt he had no warning.  He was cornered.  For a few moments he was alone.  And then he wasn't alone.  He was trapped with a person who wanted to kill him.

"Save me, save me." He tried to scream into the phone, into the hall, into the lobby of the building, out on the noisy street.  Save me!

He longed to reach for a life preserver, but there wasn't one.  Where was one?  Where was a lifeboat?  Where was safety?

Help!

At the end he was mute.  He couldn't cry out for help or make one move to save himself.  In his last moments of panic, when Raymond Cowles was too frantic and distraught to make a sound, the very thing he had never been able to watch out for slipped out of the noisy Halloween night of dress-up and reveling on Columbus Avenue and took his breath away.



    
Leslie Glass

About Leslie Glass

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What's a nice woman like Leslie Glass doing behind a Detective's desk in a gritty New York City Police precinct? Research!

Acclaimed for crime novels that vibrate with chilling psychological suspense, best-selling author Leslie Glass knows police work from the inside-out. When she's not working on her next book, you might find her at the police firing range at Rodman's Neck. Her intensive research on the front lines has given Glass an intimate knowledge of the twists and turns, procedures and pitfalls of criminal investigation. Her first-hand experience of the day-to-day realities of police work also has given her special insight into the politics, heartaches and conflicts of a New York City cop's life.

Eagerly anticipated by her readers, Leslie Glass' next hardcover release, Tracking Time, will be published by Dutton in Fall 2000. Her current Dutton hardcover, Stealing Time (1999), will be issued as the Signet lead paperback and will be in the stores in February 2000. The four previous releases in her now famous "Time" suspense series: Burning Time (1993), Hanging Time (1995), Loving Time (1996), and Judging Time (1998) are still available in Bantam paperback. Glass's first crime novel about a kidnapping, To Do No Harm, was released in 1990. The Silent Bride is Leslie Glass's first paperback original, published by Onyx in June 2002.

People often ask how Leslie Glass, a non-Chinese who grew up in the Bronx, Martha's Vineyard and New York City, came to write about a Asian American female cop from Queens, but it seems perfectly natural to Glass: "A Chinese couple lived with my family, and I grew up in a Chinese kitchen. It was like having two sets of parents," she says. "And my Chinese parents definitely ruled the roost."

In addition to her passions for law enforcement, the diversity of the American culture, and the Asian-American experience, Glass is also fascinated by psychology. This interest has translated into another main character in her "Time" series: psychiatrist Dr. Jason Frank. "I've always been interested in what drives people to do what they do, and the effect therapy has on their lives," she says. "I created Jason Frank to show how a psychiatrist would approach suspects, and crime, as a counterpoint to the law enforcement strategies used by the police."

She is the founder of the Leslie Glass Foundation, which grants graduate research fellowships in the fields of criminal justice and mental health. Glass is also a public member from New York on the Middle States Commission, the agency that accredits colleges and universities throughout the region. She was recently chosen to serve on the Executive Committee through 2000.

Before embarking on a life in crime, Glass wrote in many formats. At New York magazine she wrote and edited the "Intelligencer" column for the first year of its existence. She has been a frequent contributor of both features and fiction to Cosmopolitan, and her short stories have appeared in Redbook and Women's Own, (Great Britain), and have been widely translated abroad.

In 1976 Doubleday published her first novel, Getting Away With It. Avon followed with the paperback in 1977, which became a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate. Next came Modern Love published by St. Martins Press (hardcover-1983; paperback-1984) which was optioned for a feature film and translated in six foreign languages.

Glass also has several credits as a playwright. Strokes (1984), was first produced by the American Repertory Theatre in Boston and was rated one on the ten best theatrical events of the year by the Boston Globe. She has also written one-act plays to help people deal with social issues: The Survivors was commissioned by the W.T. Grant Foundation for the prevention of teenage suicide and premiered in 1989. It is produced in high schools and community centers around the country. On The Edge was commissioned by the Junior League of New York to help inner city youth deal with the violence in their lives. It premiered in 1991 at Lincoln Center as part of the Mayor's tribute to the United Nations conference on children.

For Leslie Glass, writing is her life. Her philanthropy and other not-for-profit activities have naturally evolved from her deep involvement in the subjects she writes about. "My research and writing open the door to another world, and I just step through." Leslie has two grown children and lives on Long Island and in New York City.
Praise

Praise

"An intense thriller...Glass provides several surprises, characters with a lively cast of inner demons and, above all, a world where nothing is as it initially seems."
--Publishers Weekly

"Glass clearly knows her psychology....The corruption of power, the power of love, and the clash of cultures--all contribute to the reader's enjoyment."
--Pen and Dagger

"Detective Woo is the next generation descended from McBain's 87th Precinct."
--The Hartford Courant

  • Loving Time by Leslie Glass
  • November 03, 1997
  • Fiction - Suspense
  • Bantam
  • $7.50
  • 9780553572094

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