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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Greene, Neal Baer Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A heart-pounding glimpse into the world of forensic psychiatry, Kill Switch marks the powerful fiction debut of Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene—former executive producers of television’s acclaimed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Filled with breakneck suspense, vivid characters, and riveting detail, it is a mind-bending thriller you’ll never forget.

Meet Claire Waters, a young, dedicated forensic psychiatrist with unnervingly personal insights into the criminal mind. Haunted by a disturbing childhood incident—and driven by her demons—Claire has always been drawn to those rare “untreatable” patients who seem to have no conscience or fear. She has a natural ability to put people at ease, to help them face their darkest secrets. But one shocking case could make or break her career—and it’s waiting for her in the psychiatric wing of New York City’s Rikers Island.

His name is Quimby. A deranged inmate whose boyish good looks hide a sordid history of dysfunction and abuse, Quimby triggers something in Claire she’d rather not face. As she tries to unlock Quimby’s past, she unwittingly reveals her own painful secrets—leaving herself dangerously vulnerable. For Claire, the patient’s obsessions are just the beginning. When the case propels her into the mind of another killer—a homicidal maniac who’s watching her every move—it could only end in madness, or murder, or both.

Brilliantly constructed and breathtakingly suspenseful, Kill Switch is a masterful combination of murder, mystery, and modern forensics that will keep you turning the pages to the final shocking conclusion. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A psychological thriller of the first order.”

    David Baldacci

  • “Riveting and rich with character, Kill Switch by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene is a masterwork of psychological suspense. From clinic to bedroom and interrogation room, this novel thrills with its authenticity. Go to bed early to start reading Kill Switch—you’ll be up all night and enjoying every moment.”

    Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

  • Kill Switch is an absolute winner—a non-stop thrill ride. The chest-tightening tension in this book is almost too much to bear. No surprise Kill Switch is terrifically plotted and paced. Baer and Greene are top notch professional storytellers, and it shows on every page. As I read, I could smell the sweat and feel the violence of Riker’s Island as if I were standing in a cell block. Claire Waters is a true original placed in truly original, terrifying situations. The gritty images drawn by Baer and Green will stay with me for a long time to come.”

    Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Leave it to Baer and Greene to dive into the world of forensic psychiatry and craft this must-read thriller! Claire Waters pulls you in with her courage and vulnerability, and she’ll leave you breathless as you follow on her heels to an end you’ll never see coming.  Bravo Neal and Jon.”

    Mariska Hargitay, star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • “Baer and Greene cover all angles of what it takes to solve a crime. This is a fast paced, gritty crime thriller from two great storytellers.”

    Christopher Meloni, star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • Kill Switch by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene is a masterful, beautifully crafted thriller that introduces the unforgettable character of forensic psychiatrist Claire Waters. The novel starts off as a gripping police drama involving a serial killer, but a brilliant plot twist propels the story into something far bigger and more frightening. Kill Switch will leave you breathless and satisfied. I highly recommend it.”

    Douglas Preston, bestselling author

  • “Amazing twists and turns.”


  • “With the background of authors Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene behind it, Kill Switch is destined to be either a made-for-TV crime thriller movie or the pilot for a new TV crime series with a mix of psychology and forensics as its base. In either case, it will be a good presentation for the genre.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Believable medical jargon and plots, well-rounded characters, and an ending that is difficult to guess. Fans of psychological thrillers will look forward to more adventures with Claire Waters.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/19/2014

    " Picked up on a whim, kept me entertained. Pleasantly surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/17/2014

    " Would have rated this higher because it started out very strong, I liked the concept, liked the two main characters, but it had one twist and turn too many. It rather takes a great leap in credulity to have all these things happening to one person and have so many trails concerning so many people to tie together. They do but sometimes too much is too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 2/15/2014

    " It's hard to describe what I think of this book. First of all, I read through it like a speeding train and kept me interested until the last few chapters. I could tell it was written by "TV" people because of the fast pace. It also seemed like 3 episodes of a cop show. The first 2 stories were good. They were well written and had tight plots. The writers lost me in the 3rd episode. It seemed desperate and went way beyond believable after the first 2 parts. The writers should have stopped after the second part and left the rest for a sequel. I'm stuck between a 3 and 4 star review. 3 stars for the end but its hard to label a book I read straight through and kept me so interested until the last few chapters. I would give it 3.5 but since I can't, I am upping it to a 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debra | 2/6/2014

    " it was a good book "

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About the Author

Neal Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1996, and he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science from Colorado College. He also holds two master’s degrees from Harvard. He spent a year at the American Film Institute as a directing fellow and is executive producer and showrunner for Law & Order: SVU. During his eleven-year tenure, he received the SHINE Award, People’s Choice Award, Prism Award, Edgar Award, and Media Access Award. Prior to SVU, he was executive producer and showrunner of ER. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.