At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller.
"A sleek, smooth and constantly surprising page-turner..."* Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.
"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows just how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, and Harvest.
Agnes Hatcher is beautiful -- and deadly. She is known as the Gorgon, for her intense stare; and also The Surgeon, for the style of murders she committed.
Incarcerated, she wants out -- now. She'll do anything to find her beloved -- and show him the disturbing visions of his past life, linking them back to one of the most terrifying and mysterious murderers the world has ever known.
The Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice is taking its toll on Trey Campbell, a psych tech who who works with sociopathic criminals.
His dreams are filled with the sight of their dead eyes, by the sound of their anguished screams. He is haunted by images of blood-stained uniforms, broken bodies, and broken minds.
"You shouldn't have left me alone," she whispers.
"Clegg's stories can chill the spine so effectively that the reader should keep paramedics on standby." Dean Koontz author of Watchers, 77 Shadow Street, The Husband and Velocity.
Between the jagged cliffs of San Pedro and the crystal blue waters off Catalina Island there is nothing but peace and isolation.
For Trey, his wife, and their two children, it is just the sanctuary they need.
For two weeks, life will be good. Better than good. And the best part is no one will be able to find them...
"I will not be ignored."
Once, Agnes Hatcher was a suburban school teacher, a member of the Junior League and a subscriber to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
She also had a fondness for knives that earned her the nickname, the Surgeon.
Today she is the most brilliant and brutal psychopath at Darden State.
In her twisted fantasy life she shares an unbreakable karma with the man she believes to be her devoted lover.
But this weekend Trey has abandoned her. And her #1 goal is to hunt him down.
"I'm coming for you."
Now darkness has fallen on the Campbells' isolated vacation retreat. A diabolical game of wits is about to begin. Because what Agnes has planned for Trey and his family is beyond anything any of them can imagine...
* " Take a mental hospital, a weary psychiatrist suffering from nightmares he doesn't understand, and a killer as chilling as they come, and you've got a sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." —Ed Gorman, bestselling author of The Marilyn Tapes and The Poker Club.
Originally published in hardcover and paperback under Clegg's pen name, Andrew Harper.
The Criminally Insane Series:
Book #1, Bad Karma
Book #2, Red Angel
Book #3, Night Cage
Books by Douglas Clegg
The Children’s Hour
Dark of the Eye
The Hour Before Dark
You Come When I Call You
The Nightmare Chronicles
The Machinery of Night
Praise for Douglas Clegg's Fiction
"Clegg is the best horror writer of the post-Stephen King generation." Bentley Little, author of The Store, The Policy, University and The Haunted.
"Clegg delivers!" John Saul, bestselling author of The God Project.
Tags: suspense thriller crime mystery horror California psychological criminally insane murder Catalina Island