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John Burley draws us inside a hospital for the criminally insane in The Forgetting Place

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If you’ve ever watched an episode Law & Order and wondered, “Hey, where does that guy end up now that he’s been found not guilty by reason of insanity?” one answer is Menaker State Hospital, the setting for John Burley’s creepy new thriller The Forgetting Place. In the novel, Dr. Lise Shields, a Menaker psychiatrist, is tasked with unraveling the story of Jason Edwards, a new patient who mysteriously arrives at the hospital with no paperwork or court history. Burley spoke to BookTrib about his own medical background, how he researches a book, and even what he’d pack for a trip to asylum. BOOKTRIB: How did your background as an emergency room physician contribute to the writing of this book? John Burley:…

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The great equalizer just may be fear

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I’ve been thinking lately about my relationship with fear.  I’m a fan of the horror and thriller genres, I write twisty psychological suspense novels for a living, and I’d rather spend an evening walking through a haunted house than hanging out at a cocktail party.  I’ve been courting fear for a long time now, but I realize that it’s like a wild animal and it can hurt me if it wants to. “You should stay away from fear,” I can imagine my mother admonishing me.  “It’s up to no good.” “I know it,” I reply, and then jump on the back of its motorcycle and head off into the night. It’s more than just the adrenalin rush, I think, although…

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