In Strictest Confidence: A Novel
When a drunk driver killed his beautiful wife and young son, Det. William Hael became a depressed insomniac. Since their deaths, he has grown weary leading an elite homicide squad. Now, all Hael wants is to survive the day and get through the night without another haunting dream about the family he's lost.
How then will Hael react when he is called upon to investigate a school teacher's grisly crucifixion? Preliminary scrutiny suggests it might just be a simple lover's quarrel; but deeper investigation suggests a more troubling hate crime, one that may have involved a friend who saved Hael's life.
Hael's friend, a psychologist, thinks he knows the killer and he is worried he may be next. However, he won't give the detective the name of the patient he suspects for fear of violating his promise of confidentiality. Slowly, as this intriguing case unfolds, Hael narrows the suspects to three of the psychologist's patients. Is the killer the paranoid schizophrenic? Is he the one with the antisocial personality disorder? Does the killer have multiple personalities?
In Strictest Confidence is the sequel to Dr. Canzoniero's first novel, Conditional Love–A Story of Battered Emotions, which was critically reviewed as, "A deft thriller with an important message about the lasting damage of alcohol abuse".
Published November, 2017 by Archway Publications.