Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Inmates Aren't The Only Crazies In The Asylum
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of
Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck
Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient.
But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.And neither is Teddy
Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into
rumors of Ashecliffes radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that
may include drug experimentati on, hideous surgical trials, and lethal
countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...
The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes,
and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter
Because someone is trying to drive them insane ...
During hurricane season in 1954 U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, a war -weary
widower, and his partner go to Shutter Island to search for an escaped
prisoner, child-killer Rachel Solando. The facility is filled with mad folks and
seemingly evil psychiatrists and no one can throw any light on how
Solando escaped from her locked room.
Though Teddy is supposedly trying to find Solando, he has two additional
secret missions. One, he's searching for the arsonist who took his wife's
life. The killer is rumored to be an inmate on the island, but no one has
heard of him. And two, he is doing intelligence-gathering for a U.S. Senator
about the rumors of secret experimental treatments being funded by the
House Un-American Activities Committee.
That the investigation is taking place amid complete insanity we know from
the get go. But the extent of the craziness is only gradually made clear,
and Teddy is forced more than once to take stock of his own sanity. By the
end, he'll find himself very much alone.
"Shutter Island" has plenty of chills, but the real pleasure is in its persistent
tightening of the vise on Teddy and on how the lines between the sane and
the insane begin to blur. And don't forget, it's hurricane seaso n and one is
on the way.
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