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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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