Psychoanalyst Takes on Murderous Maniac in New Novel

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Author Fred Lipschitz’ “In A Mind’s Eye” is a cerebral tale of murder and suspense

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A journey inside the world of madness and violence awaits readers in author Fred Lipschitz’ novel, In A Mind’s Eye. The suspenseful tale portrays a cerebral game of cat and mouse between a psychoanalyst and a murderous maniac who is as relentless as he is deranged. Lipschitz’ thrilling narrative reveals the complexity that is the mind of the psychoanalyst, which is ever-shifting in nature, and contrasts it with the chaos that resides within the core of a man who hears voices in his head that compel him to perform heinous crimes. When these two personas clash, a doctor will flirt with death as he strives to stop the homicidal maniac from committing further acts of unspeakable violence.

The tale begins when Dr. Ludlow Fein, a psychoanalyst, is suddenly faced with a madman targeting his family and his patients. Threats leveled at his wife Clare, strange messages left in his waiting room, meaningless night calls, and the murder of some of his patients propel him toward the realization that he will finally have to confront death.

Steve Fein, Ludlow’s brother, is a New York City Homicide Detective assigned to the search for a serial killer targeting young women who are found clutching a queen chess piece, and papers with a puzzling code. The nature of the murders leads Steve to consult his brother as an expert on pathology, and they realize that the messages left with the dead women resemble the ones found in Ludlow’s waiting room, and point to the Queen Sacrifice, a desperate move in chess. It is not clear what this means to the madman, Simon Sawyer, but it awakens in Ludlow a memory of how he had failed a young boy many years ago.

The tension builds as the madman’s calls increase. He becomes more brazen in his attacks, and Ludlow is nearly killed while following a suspect. This string of events draw the psychoanalyst and psychopath closer and closer, and will lead to an inevitable and deadly meeting between Ludlow and Simon, a confrontation that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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About the Author

Fred Lipschitz is a psychoanalyst and co-founder of one of the largest treatment and training institutes in New York City. He shares his time between his practice, and his curiosity about how things work, and how to fix them. An early interest in Physics, led him to minor in this subject, while also majoring in Psychology, which led to the peculiar experience of being caught between the exact nature of the Physical Sciences, and the more general, un-mathematical nature of human relations.

This division of interests between the exact and the human side of things is what has led to the writing this novel, In A Mind’s Eye. The complexities of the human mind rival the complexity of the world of quantum physics, in its unpredictability, and sudden shifts in focus. The privilege of observing, and being a part of this makes life exciting, and full of the surprises, which enliven existence.

In A Mind's Eye * by Fred Lipschitz, Ph.D.
Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Trade Paperback; $21.99; 225 pages; 978-1-4836-1186-0
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