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Dr. Roderick Anscombe
St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2005)
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In a drab room in a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Paul Lucas can tell whether a patient is lying or lost, salvageable, evil, or insane. Paul interviews criminals and killers all the time

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The Interview Room book. Finished reading - The Interview Room by Roderick Anscombe. Not too bad story its really scary when a psychopath becomes obsessed with a gal and suddenly your life is in turmoil and your loved ones do not trust you anymore. A refreshing read from a psychologist point of view.

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A dicey interview with his patient ends badly when he overreacts to Craig’s cool needling about his wife Abby and their .

A dicey interview with his patient ends badly when he overreacts to Craig’s cool needling about his wife Abby and their infant son Adrian, killed in a car crash, and Sanders security responds with condign force. Along with the steadily mounting tension, Anscombe (Shank, 1996, et. provides enough exquisitely turned therapeutic dialogues between participants ferally skilled in talking around the point to create a heaven for connoisseurs of mind games. Pub Date: June 1st, 2005.

In a drab room in a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. The most original thriller I have read in a long, long time. Anscombe is a welcome new voice in suspense. His writing is lean and sharp, with characters that matter, and ideas that are totally fresh.

The secret life of Laszlo, Count Dracula.

Roderick Anscombe, . is a forensic psychiatrist who has interviewed more than two hundred murderers. He is an expert in the detection of deception and teaches interview technique at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Interview Room, The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula, and Shank, and lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit his Web site at ww. oderickanscombe.

It's the best vampire book I've ever read. I like traditional vampires, not the crotchless sparkly ones who boss you around, steal your car keys for your own good, and whose highest yearning is to not have sex with you, so fair warning. It's written by Dr. Robert Anscombe, a psychiatrist who spent years working with the criminally insane. His experience gave him a deep and up-close insight into how such minds work, and it really shows in this reimagining of the Dracula story. Dracula" here is a young nobleman who becomes a doctor.

Dr. Roderick Anscombe, MB CHB is a psychiatry specialist in Gloucester, MA and has been practicing for 40 years. He graduated from Oxford U Med Sch in 1974 and specializes in psychiatry.

Working in a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane, psychiatrist Paul Lucas confronts the darkest and most frightening side of humanity. But he has never interviewed a patient like Craig Cavanaugh. The scion of a wealthy and influential family, Craig is poised, articulate, knowing, a Harvard man whose obsessive crush on a teaching assistant led him to stalk her, and landed him in Paul's care on an outpatient basis.Paul is an expert in detecting lies, but his patient tests him with disclosures and questions that come unsettlingly close to home. For Craig is familiar with details of Paul's life: where he lives, his wife Abby's work schedule, and the terrible accident that killed their two-year-old son and left their marriage in a precarious balance between love and grief. Then Paul seems to spot Craig observing him in a crowded mall, and at home he notices things slightly out of place or missing, including the handgun he keeps for personal protection. Paul soon is trapped in an ever-tightening web of circumstance and scrutiny that implicates him in the eyes of his wife, his colleagues, and eventually the police. As the battle of wits turns deadly, with his career on the line and his life over the edge, Paul must learn to play the game by Craig's rules-for he who tells the best lie wins.Smart and wickedly suspenseful, The Interview Room winds through twists and turns to a place where nothing is as it seems.
  • Mavivasa
Author Roderick Anscombe details in this book the battles, psychological and literal, between Paul Lucas, a forensic psychiatrist, and Craig Cavanaugh, a twenty-two-year-old, dangerously intelligent sociopath-psychopath, who is heir to a politically powerful financial empire. Paul's assignment is to evaluate and make recommendations to the court about treatment or imprisonment for Craig's terrifying stalking and harassing of a woman. Anscombe writes of the slow degeneration of the therapeutic relationship as Craig sets out to destroy Paul, manipulating Paul's colleagues, family, and wife into joining in this destruction. Paul's weaknesses and vulnerabilities, heightened by the death of his young son, his suspicions about his wife's behaviour, his desire for a research grant, and his failure to follow basic, self-protective, sound therapeutic protocols when dealing with such a patient are described in painful, tedious, misstep-by-misstep fashion. Anscombe, a forensic psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, knows the traps of ego, counter-transference, and desire to win that can befall therapists, even those at the top of their game, and subjects Paul to most of them, in slow-torture, drip-by-drip fashion, until the unclear ending.

No doubt all of us can be fooled or bested by con artists and psychopaths at times, and it is easy to see how Paul falls into Craig's traps. What is not so easy to see is why Paul doesn't pull out of the assignment when he is pressured before he begins as to what he should recommend. Or why Craig's behaviors during the first interview, red flags for an alert therapist (insisting on touching the therapist, refusing to accept the patient role, casting himself as an equal in the assessment process, almost provoking a physical confrontation, forcing Paul to dance to his tune), don't cause Paul to change his therapeutic stance, recognize his inability to deal with this client at this time, or recommend that Craig be transferred to another psychiatrist. Therapists know that there are times when it is best to back away from treatment of a client. Or if the decision is to accept the patient, then safeguards are usually put in place to protect the therapist, the patient, and the institution. Few if any such safeguards are described here: no meaningful staff meetings, no grand-rounds procedures, no collegial processes to review or talk over progress--not even informal means that most therapists set up with colleagues to reassure themselves that the therapy is on the right track and to discuss possible alternatives. Anscombe keeps the pressure on Paul too intense, the introspection too continuous, the feelings of inevitability too unshakable, the foreshadowing of defeat too inescapable, and the ending too ambiguous for many readers. Unlike Jonathan Kellerman, who writes books about equally evil and manipulative patients, Anscombe seldom lets up on the negativity or allows his protagonist many victories. After awhile, the reader may decide that so much gloom may not be the best way to relax with a book.

This is a book, however, that many readers will find invaluable. It would be of great help in the training of beginning therapists and in further education of experienced ones. Anscombe's traps set for Paul are typical of therapeutic interactions; and Paul's actions would be grist for the mill for discussions about ethics, proper professional distance, and effectiveness with clients for readers who are in helping professions. Anyone who deals with manipulative people could benefit from recognizing and analyzing Paul's dilemmas. Readers who treasure true writing ability; who delight in spare, elegant prose and realistic dialogue; and who enjoy the works of authors who are masters of their field (psychiatry, in this case) will find a gem here.
  • Delalbine
One of my favorite authors. Book came EARLY ! Great !
  • Uris
What is it like to face off with a sociopath bent on destroying your life?

That is the challenge psychiatrist Paul Lucas faces in author Roderick Anscombe's novel The Interview Room. Lucas works at a hospital for the criminally insane and through the years he has developed the ability to masterfully detect deception by his patients. So when a seemingly routine case falls into his lap, he is unprepared for the battle he is about to face.

Rich boy Craig Cavanaugh is accused of stalking a beautiful Harvard teaching assistant who he thinks is his true love. However, the victim doesn't share his feelings, but Cavanaugh is too arrogant and obsessive to believe that. Lucas is charged with the task of evaluating the accused, whose powerful family happens to be benefactors of Lucas's employer.

The sessions prove to be more challenging than the doctor had expected, as Cavanaugh matches wits with him. Seeing Lucas as a potential threat to his freedom, Cavanaugh inserts himself into Lucas's personal life. He discovers the psychiatrist's pain over the death of his young son and he exploits an employment opportunity to get closer to the doctor's wife. Before Lucas knows it, his private life is in turmoil and his fragile relationship with his wife is complicated by a murder case.

Anscombe delivers a provocative story with surprising yet logical twists that keep the narrative moving. The sessions are highlighted by slick dialogue and clever tactical maneuvers by both combatants. The conflict comes to a head in a true standoff where only one can survive. Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this impressive work by a knowledgeable storyteller.

Steven Donahue was a copywriter for TV Guide magazine for 14 years. His first novel, Amanda Rio, was published in 2004. It has received critical acclaim from reviewers for Amazon.com and thebestreviews.com. Steven currently resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife, Dawn. He has two new novels that were released in 2013: The Manila Strangler (Rainstorm Press) and Amy the Astronaut and the Flight for Freedom (Hydra Publications).