Delusions of Clarity


Karl Jommers is a genial, straight-talking police psychologist who is keenly attuned to the problems of cops yet blind to his own. His usual laidback self-assurance is shattered when a cop friend, tormented by secrets, goes berserk and is needlessly shot by an Internal Affairs detective.
       Department policy requires a post-incident psychological evaluation for the detective, an enigmatic, mercurial woman with a persecution complex. Shockingly, she shows no remorse, believing that the victim was part of a dark corruption scheme that she was investigating and that she was the one meant to die.
       A patrolman present as backup the night of the shooting must also undergo evaluation, and he presents a wild conspiracy theory in which the victim was silenced after becoming aware of a plot by the federal government to subsume local law enforcement.
       The competing narratives are mutually exclusive, yet each contains grains of truth. To disentangle the discordance, Jommers must first understand what actually what happened that night. But stepping outside his domain to investigate will jeopardize his faltering practice and possibly his life. 
       As Jommers struggles to correct the distorted views of others, surprising discoveries  force him to question the clarity of his own perception.

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Other Titles

Misinformed Consent, a Short Story

A mysterious sponsor hires a testing lab to administer a psychoactive drug to volunteers whose participation may be somewhat less than voluntary. When the sponsor presses the testers to step over the line, the testers initially resist, but then knuckle under, with tragic results.

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