CHASING BACKWARDS, a psychological murder mystery

Last week my mother was murdered. Last night, my Uncle Louie, my only living relative, was also murdered. And now, for no fathomable reason, the bastards are trying to kill me!
Why would someone murder a couple of paupers and why are they now trying to murder a twenty-four-year-old med-student whose main asset is an assortment of furniture that the Salvation Army would reject.
Karen, my lab partner, who’s into all this Freudian crap, thinks the answer is locked up somewhere deep in my unconscious. If our lives depend on me getting into a place that by definition is unavailable to the conscious mind, we are in deep shit. And by the way, wasn’t Freud the guy who got himself and a bunch of his patients addicted to cocaine before he discovered it was dangerous?
My answer is to get a gun, learn how to shoot the damn thing, and get the hell out of Philadelphia… But then what?

Chasing Backwards is available in e-books and paperback. Just click to your right.

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8 Responses to CHASING BACKWARDS, a psychological murder mystery

  1. Hands down. I love your site. I found it on LinkedIn. Kudos.


  2. Deborah Payne says:

    I’d like to subscribe to “Inside the Mind of a Psychiatrist.”


  3. Paul says:

    I loved Chasing Backwards because in addition to a very captivating action adventure story, the character development went into the mind of the lead character and his childhood trauma. I could not put it down, can’t wait for your next book!


  4. Harryw says:

    I was literally drawn into the mind of the main character and could not, nor did I want to, leave. Truly a real page turner, the book totally enveloped me. Chasing Backward is far from an ordinary murder mystery as the clues buried in the main character’s childhood, showing-up in this brilliant and athletic medical student’s nightmares, combined with a big perplexing why leads to a first class read. The author, a psychiatrist, knows what he is doing in moving you through the pages as this is well written, feels real yet very clever and creative. Moreover it doesn’t leave when you are finished as it lingers in your mind, wanting more, which is what a good read is all about.


  5. Rich says:

    This romantic thriller is a page-turner to the very end. I highly recommend this.


  6. Haslea, Christa Polkinghorn, E. Caine says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Backwards: A Psychological Murder Mystery, October 2, 2011
    By Haslea
    I started reading this book because it was written by one of my high school buddies. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. It’s very fast reading and had me fully engaged from the beginning through to the end. I was fully prepared to tell Art that I loved the book no matter how I felt. Well, the good news is that I really enjoyed it and didn’t have to pretend. I can’t wait to read his next one

    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, October 14, 2011
    By Christa Polkinhorn (Santa Monica, CA, USA) – See all my reviews
    Amazon Verified Purchase
    This review is from: Chasing Backwards: A Psychological Murder Mystery (Kindle Edition)
    Joe Belmont’s mother, the saintly Teresa, is brutally murdered and nobody can figure out why. According to some, she was “a saint,” lived alone, and did volunteer work. So who would want to kill her? And who killed Joe’s uncle and is now threatening his own life? Instead of answers, Joe has more and more questions, not just about the murders but about the people he thought he knew as well as about his own past. In the course of his investigation, Joe uncovers a string of shocking and sinister truths.

    This is a fascinating mystery that takes off with a bang and continues to move from one adventure to the next from Philadelphia, USA, to Zurich, Switzerland, and back. The author’s terse style is in perfect sink with the often gritty action. The interesting and psychologically complex characters are believable. And the love story woven into it adds a tender note to an otherwise tough environment. Excellent work!

    Edwin Caine M.D. says:
    October 18, 2011 at 9:25 am (Edit)
    I just finished Chasing Backwards. I couldn’t put it down. The plot is interesting, with many twists and turns along the way. The characters are well developed, and you care about what happens to them. This is both a gripping mystery and an exploration of the protagonists ongoing nightmares. It is rare to find a novel that grips you from the beginning, and takes you on an exciting , adventurous ride. It left me wanting more. I was sorry it ended. Bravo, Dr. Smukler.
    Ed C.


  7. Helana says:

    I sat down at around 8 and didn’t stop reading till I finished Dr. Smukler’s book just now.
    It’s really great, loved the characters, the plot was totally compelling!
    When the characters are interesting and believable, it’s like being in a reading trance…
    Really a fun read!


  8. Phyllis blaunstein says:

    I was hooked from the first page of Chasing Backwards. The author’s background as a psychiatrist makes this a fascinating read.


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