Synopses & Reviews
As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved, from couples grappling with sexual boredom to twisted sociopaths with dark, erotic fetishes. And the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary where she helps soothe and heal these battered souls.
Cleo Thane is one of those special patients Morgan connects to immediately. A high-priced prostitute, Cleo is remarkably sensitive and unscathed, a woman desperate to reconcile her successful professional life with her neglected personal one. And when she asks Morgan to read her unpublished tell-all book about her exclusive clientele, Morgan realizes that what she has in her hands could be explosive.
Then Cleo disappears.
Detective Noah Jordan is trying to stay one step ahead of a serial killer who has been targeting prostitutes, killing them with ritualistic precision. When a missing person's report is filed on Cleo Thane, Noah wonders if she, too, has fallen prey to the psycho's wrath. He approaches Dr. Morgan Snow for any insight on her patient, but Morgan refuses to breach patient confidentiality. Instead she begins her own investigation into Cleo's disappearance.
Certain that the answers lie in the manuscript that Cleo has entrusted her with, Morgan delves into the private confessions of a woman paid to act out the sexual fantasies of some of the city's most powerful men. But she is shocked by how much the intimate sexual details of another woman's life affect her own. Too late she realizes she's ventured into dangerous even deadly territory.
"The mutilated body of a prostitute in a nun's habit, her pubic hair shaved into a cross, appears on page one of this suspense thriller, making it plain that Rose's latest (after Sheet Music) is not for the squeamish. The novel is the first in a new series featuring the Butterfield Institute, a Manhattan sex therapy clinic employing psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow. One of Morgan's patients, the clever and selective call girl Cleo Thane, has written a memoir full of thinly disguised portraits of her clients, powerful men with odd fantasies and fetishes. She leaves this potentially explosive manuscript with Dr. Snow and then misses several appointments, causing Morgan to suspect foul play. Yet NYPD Det. Noah Jordain and his team, diligently pursuing leads in what's become a gory, ritualistic series of prostitute murders, have no evidence that Cleo, whose clientele puts her in a class by herself, might be a victim. Noah and Morgan are drawn to each other, but when Morgan can't persuade Noah to devote more effort to the search for Cleo, she determines to go undercover and meet Cleo's principal clients herself. Ill-equipped for this masquerade, Morgan is soon in over her head and in peril. The mystery takes second place to the catalogue of sexual eccentricities, but Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs. Author tour. Agent, Loretta Barrett. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"I dare you to read the first five pages of The Halo Effect and not be in its thrall: this is a compulsive artful page-turner of a novel. Suspenseful,
sleek, and sexy, this is M. J. Rose at her best." Doug Clegg, author of The Hour Before Dark
"Dr. Morgan Snow is a refreshingly vulnerable character whose spunky decision to go undercover in the demimonde is both believable and hair-raising. The Halo Effect will have you on the edge of your seat from page one" Katherine Neville, author of The Eight
"M. J. Rose writes fearlessly about sex. This is a true erotic thriller. The
end will take your breath away." Lisa Tucker, author of Shout Down the Moon
"The Halo Effect, will certainly appeal to fans of the suspense/thriller genre. The work, however, balances the elements that make that genre so popular with a strong erotic component, while also possessing the orderly inquisitiveness of a police procedural, thus creating a work that will please followers of all of those genres while not conforming precisely to any of them." Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com
"M.J. Rose promises a series of stories from the Butterfield Institute. No doubt, all will be equally thrilling and provocative" Roberta O'Hara, Bookreporter.com
Renowned sex therapist Morgan Snow is treating Cleo Thane, a prostitute who caters to the city's wealthy and powerful. After Cleo delivers a tell-all manuscript to Morgan, she disappears. Now Morgan and Detective Noah Jordain must use the manuscript to catch a killer. Original.