Once Upon a Murderous Delusion by A. G. Russo is an absolutely breath-taking mystery and detective novel. The main character, whose name is Kurt, takes the lead in a serious serial-killer case that leaves everyone puzzled. The cases and the settings are so believable that I had to google whether the novel was based on a true story. I loved the entire plot development. I like the way the author slowly gives the reader clues to play God and how he played with my mind. This novel is perfect for a long weekend. I was profoundly trapped. I recommend it to adult readers because it contains content for adults such as profanity and detailed murdered scenes. – Amazon Review
The year is 1980 in a small, sleepy New England town. Out of nowhere, a series of devastating murders threaten the safety and well-being of the community. A serial killer has begun a deadly game of catch-me-if-you-can with local police, who have dubbed the carnage, “The Mommy Murders.”
Frightened residents are certain the violent rape/murders are in some way connected to the psychiatric unit of Parkhirst General Hospital. Nella, a nurse angst-ridden by her service during the Vietnam War, is new to the area and the hospital. She joins the tight-knit group of nurses on the evening shift. Val, the leader of the group, with her own history of trauma, believes it stems from the prejudice their patients suffer from a community unsympathetic to mental illness. Or is evil closer to home than they think?
Kurt, the investigator assigned to the case, and Val’s husband, must deal with town politics, but he convinces the police chief to call in the FBI, who support Kurt more than his own department. Can the police stop the cunning killer as he continues to terrorize the community and murder young mothers?
Content Warning: Please be aware this book includes profanity, offensive language, explicit violence, death (murder, suicide), and issues of mental illness.
“Edgy and provocative…It is a brilliant thriller that had me sitting on the edge of my seat from the first page until the astounding conclusion.” Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite, 5 Stars
“…From the dedication, ‘For all those who struggle,’ to the open dialogue about mental illness, this book is refreshing, cutting-edge, and downright engaging.” Independent Book Review