An Obituary to Die For

Author(s) : Richard P. Kluft

An Obituary to Die For

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : November 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 448
  • Category :
    Selected Fiction, Biography and Memoir
  • Catalogue No : 39114
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782205067
  • ISBN 10 : 1782205063

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Governor Jim Melville looks like a sure thing for his party’s presidential nomination. Psychiatrist Ben Jordan, his college friend, never suspects Melville’s ties to a sinister group operating behind the façade of the Glenville-Rodgers Foundation, a Beltway think tank.

President Harry S. Truman observed that you can accomplish almost anything if you don’t insist on getting the credit. Glenville-Rodgers applies Truman’s axiom with a darker twist, manoeuvring to seize control of the White House while keeping its activities unnoticed. To hijack crucial academic departments for purposes of its own, it offers Ben’s university a record-breaking endowment... with conditions.

Ten years before, Ben stumbled upon one of their operations and threw a monkey wrench into their plans. Inconvenient to Glenville-Rodgers and expendable to a university intoxicated with the prospect of virtually unlimited funding, Ben’s academic career comes to a painful end. When Jim Melville’s daughter’s accuses him of incest, Glenville-Rodgers moves to salvage his political future.

Calculating that a depressed Ben Jordan can be manipulated to serve their purpose, its operatives score a brilliant success. Jordan saves Melville’s reputation. Later, he finds evidence suggesting he was fooled by a skilfully coached lookalike. When Melville’s camp takes note of Ben’s misgivings, he and his family come under attack. The message is clear: Support Melville or else! Ben’s friends help him protect his family as he struggles to solve the mysteries confronting him... Whom did he actually interview? If he interviewed a fraud, what has become of Melville’s real daughter? And how can he block a traitor, once one of his best friends, from becoming the most powerful man in the world?

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This is a cracking good read. With a sharp sense of irony, Kluft explores the depths of human behavior and the unconscious, brought into welcome relief by contrast with the human desire to take the high road, despite inevitable difficulties in finding it.’
- David Spiegel, MD, Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

‘In Ben Jordan, Kluft has crafted a hero for the ages. An Obituary To Die For is a gripping rollercoaster, where Kluft intertwines his mastery of clinical hypnosis, psychotherapy, complex trauma disorders and mind control to take the reader on a thrilling ride through the intricacies of the human mind’s capabilities, and efforts to corrupt it for personal, social, and political gain.’
- Martin J. Dorahy, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Canterbury

‘A very entertaining novel that takes the reader on a fascinating journey through intrigue, politics, mind control and special forces combat. Kluft understands themachinations of mind control doctors very well.’
- Colin A. Ross, MD, author of The C.I.A. Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists

‘Kluft skilfully weaves an intriguing tale of organized and politically shielded national treason. One is repeatedly reminded that our world houses many whose public persona bears little resemblance to the abusive, ruthless, and even sadistic individual that exists behind the facade.’
- Professor Warwick Middleton, MD, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane

About the Author(s)

Richard P. Kluft, MD, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, and teaches at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has written over 250 scientific articles and book chapters about trauma, boundary violations, dissociation, and hypnosis. His most recent professional book is Shelter from the Storm (2013). Dr Kluft’s research, teaching, and clinical contributions have received numerous awards and recognitions. His fiction credits include Good Shrink/Bad Shrink (2014), How Fievel Stole the Moon: A Tale for Sweet Children and Sour Scholars (2014), as well as several short stories.

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