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Blind psychiatrist Mark Angelotti is faced with his most troubling case yet when he is asked to evaluate Rachel Lazarus, the estranged wife of a slain University of Chicago professor.Months earlier, the professor’s body was found stuffed into one of the exhibits at “Scav,” the school’s world-famous annual scavenger hunt, and – in a feast for the press – missing a vital pieBlind psychiatrist Mark Angelotti is faced with his most troubling case yet when he is asked to evaluate Rachel Lazarus, the estranged wife of a slain University of Chicago professor.Months earlier, the professor’s body was found stuffed into one of the exhibits at “Scav,” the school’s world-famous annual scavenger hunt, and – in a feast for the press – missing a vital piece of its anatomy. Though she’s confessed to her husband’s murder, Rachel is mounting a battered woman’s defense.Forced into helping the prosecution, Mark becomes unsure of his objectivity when his investigation uncovers uncomfortable parallels between Rachel’s history and his own. That concern proves well-founded when his damaging admission at trial all but convicts Rachel. Then a tip connects the case to another suspected murder and evidence that Rachel may not be guilty after all. As he plows ahead during a brutal Chicago winter, Mark soon learns he has far more to worry about than treacherous snow and ice: someone will do anything to guarantee that Rachel takes the fall....

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ISBN : 9781633880429
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Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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Dante's Dilemma Reviews

  • Lynn
    2018-11-14 04:57

    Really enjoyed this third novel featuring Mark Angelotti's involvement with the Chicago justice system. The characters are interesting and they are definitely growing more complex. Very good series.

  • Mary G.
    2018-11-22 03:55

    I truly enjoyed this book. Angelotti has changed and I appreciate the slow acceptance of his blindness and his self awareness. It is my hope that Raimondo will continue this series.

  • Cherie Bush
    2018-10-22 05:53

    This is a really well-written series. I can't wait for the next one!

  • Gloria Feit
    2018-11-05 23:45

    From the publisher: Blind psychiatrist Mark Angelotti is faced with his most troubling cast yet when he is asked to evaluate Rachel Lazarus, the estranged wife of a slain University of Chicago professor. Months earlier, the professor’s body was found stuffed into one of the exhibits at “Scav,” the school’s world-famous annual scavenger hunt. In a feast for the press, his body was missing a vital piece of its anatomy. Though she’s confessed to her husband’s murder, Rachel is mounting a Battered Woman’s defense. Forced into helping the prosecution, Mark becomes unsure of his objectivity when his investigation uncovers uncomfortable parallels between Rachel’s history and his own. That concern proves well-founded when his damaging admission at trial all but convicts Rachel. Then a tip connects the case to another suspected murder and evidence that Rachel may not be guilty after all. As he plows ahead during a brutal Chicago winter, Mark soon learns that he has far more to worry about than treacherous snow and ice: Someone will do anything to guarantee that Rachel takes the fall.Mark Angelotti (he seldom uses his given name, Dante) has some bit of vision, though legally blind for the past three years. Now, just shy of 50, he is a clinical psychiatrist in a large Chicago teaching hospital, but has been ordered to drop everything he was doing to assist the recently elected State’s Attorney for Cook County to assist with the Lazarus murder trial. He lives with his beloved pet, Top Cat, and is in the throes of a nasty divorce and difficult custody battle. (He reflects that “marrying my boss’ daughter had been the biggest mistake of my life.”) He and Annie soon had their first child, Jack, who not long thereafter developed what seemed like an ordinary childhood fever when Annie was 8 months pregnant with their 2nd child; unfortunately, the illness was fatal. Mark guilt was overwhelming: He had been having a one-night stand with another woman on that night, which he confessed to Annie. She is now trying to deny him all but the slightest contact with his surviving son, Louis, born a few weeks later.The underlying theme of the novel is domestic abuse. Mark knows all about that subject: his mother had died in childbirth, and his father had never forgiven him, and took out his hatred and anger on Mark. He relates all too well to Rachel Lazarus’ history of abuse at the hands of her husband, something she shares with her beloved daughter.I must admit that the author had me early on in the book, when he mentions his protagonist’s dedication to the New York Mets baseball team, but that’s another story. The writing is captivating, and the reader is drawn into the tale immediately. The author captures this perfectly when he speaks of “the pleasure of reading itself, of getting mentally lost in an artfully constructed flow of words.” That would sum up my absorption in the book and my reaction to the novel, which is recommended.

  • Sharon Mensing
    2018-11-10 08:13

    In DANTE'S DILEMMA, Mark Angelotti is becoming comfortable enough with his blindness that he decides to go to battle with his ex-wife to obtain joint custody of his son. If a reader to the series jumps in at this point, Angelotti's acceptance of his newly acquired condition might seem to be a given. That won't detract from the plot of this third in the series, but it may make Angelotti seem to be less well developed as a character than would a full reading of the series from the beginning. Angelotti, a psychiatrist, has moved from his family home in Greenwich, Connecticut to take on a role as a practicing therapist and expert psychological witness in Chicago. Winter is upon us in DANTE'S DILEMMA, and Raimondo uses the harshness of a Chicago snow storm to add to the suspense in the plot. She also continues to develop Angelotti's character through the various challenges he must face as he moves to a new home in the midst of a cold and snowy winter. His character is further developed as he reflects on how his actions have affected his son at the time when he was serving as an expert witness in a case where a mother faces the challenge of protecting her daughter. As the book begins, a professor's body is found in the central quad of the University of Chicago. Not only is the dead man on display leaning against a statue of female genitalia, but his private parts have been rearranged in a shocking manner. His wife, who had been subjected to spousal abuse, has confessed and Angelotti has been called in to take over her defense of PTSD. As Angelotti reviews the case and gives his opinion in court, his testimony is called into question by details of his own past. The case becomes more and more complex the more Angelotti looks into it, until he and the defense lawyer (his ex-girlfriend) become convinced that the professor's wife, Rachel, is innocent. The race is on to uncover the truth before anyone else gets hurt. The parallel stories of Angelotti's relationship with his son and the accused murderer's relationship with her daughter, and of Angelotti's abuse as a child with Rachel's abuse at the hands of her husband, add depth and pathos to the plot. Throw in some university office politics, a bit of romance and political corruption, and DANTE'S DILEMMA becomes thoroughly engaging. The series, heading into its fourth book, has staying power based as much on Angelotti's character as on the plots. But each of the books has had a suspenseful plot, as well. This review first appeared at www.reviewingtheevidence.com.

  • Daniel Spencer
    2018-11-06 05:46

    The mystery novel, Dante’s Dilemma may give you the impression that it is about a man with issues he must overcome, however Lynne Raimondo seemed to create a plot I have never read before. Mark Angelotti or by birth, Dante Angelotti, is a psychiatrist who suffers from a disease called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy which makes him nearly blind. Along with his illness Mark Angelotti is overwhelmed with a new house, new boss, and the struggle of fighting for part time custody of his son. Mark spends most of his work time evaluating suspects and or victims in court cases. However, the one particular case that Mark is challenged with involves the murder of Dr. Gunther Westlake, a professor of the University of Chicago, and the main suspect, his wife Rachel Lazarus. Dr. Mark Angelotti is asked to assist in this case to evaluate Rachel Lazarus since she first pleads guilty under the Battered Women’s Defense, meaning she claimed her husband abused her causing her to kill him in self-defense.Dr. Mark Angelotti was assigned to try to evaluate Rachel. After evaluating her for a short time Mark quickly notices that she is missing memory of the night of the murder and Mark starts to think she may have not done it at all, never mind under the Battered Women’s Defense. Although the jury does not believe Mark and his professional opinion Mark becomes determined to find hard evidence to support his claim that Rachel is innocent. However, Mark comes into many problems during his journey. I found this novel to be a fun and realistic book. Dante’s Dilemma found a way to make a murder not just about the crime and suspects, but gave the book an interesting point of view from an evaluator and added real life problems outside of murder as well. I enjoyed this book a lot because I love murder mysteries, however I especially liked this book because it was easy to follow and not an average crime novel. My favorite part of this book is the main character Mark’s personality because he is a loveable, old, and kind man who doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone and tries to appear happy even when at his lowest. It is hard for me to find one thing I would like to change in this book. If you are someone who enjoys murder mysteries and loves to get to know your character and how they think and feel their experiences, then you’ll love reading about Mark Angelotti who seems to have so much to complain about yet always tries to find the good things in situations.

  • John W.
    2018-11-12 00:53

    Lynne Raimondo delivers her third psychological thriller taking her readers on an adventure involving a murder investigation, examination of important social issues, and family betrayal. DANTE’S DILEMMA features Raimondo’s protagonist Mark Angelotti, a psychiatrist who is gradually coming to terms with his sudden blindness. Mark is beginning to move forward with his life. Raimondo provides readers with his back story dealing with issues at work, affairs of the heart, and challenges resulting with his divorce. The author creates a storyline moving in many directions adding subplots touching on Mark’s loneliness and dealing with the social issue of spousal abuse. Readers see what Mark is thinking and feeling as he is pressured into being an expert witness for the prosecution in brutal murder of University of Chicago professor. When Mark’s friend Hallie becomes the lead defense attorney in the same trail, readers see friction sparking between them. Raimondo priceless painting stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum provides support characters their back stories and as she introduces each character and explains the roles they will play in her plot. Readers are kept in the dark as to the identity of the antagonist until the last moment. The author adds direction changes in the storyline when Mark discovers a cover up of evidence in the slain professor’s murder. Mark also uncovers a second murder. Raimondo creates a unique twist to her story forcing Mark and Hallie to work together to find justice.DANTE’S DILEMMA is a riveting story of murder and betrayal involving Raimondo’s readers as they follow Mark trying to focus on work issues, the murder trial, and his fight for joint custody of his son. The author skillfully weaves social issues relating to abusive treatment of women and children into the storyline. She gives her readers a look at the dark side of how the system works relating to family issues. Readers will find facts rapidly falling into place adding a surprising answer to ‘who done it.’ Raimondo creatively brings Mark’s personal issues to the surface and provides her readers with a realistic answer to Mark’s dilemma. They will have to read DANTE’S DILEMMA to find the answers. Raimondo story is a must read and earns a five star ranking.

  • Robert Rotstein
    2018-11-13 02:03

    In her debut novel, Dante's Wood, Raimondo took on the daunting task of writing about a blind sleuth, and the result was masterful. Despite the inherent difficulties of penning an entire series featuring a detective with such a physical challenge, the follow-up novel, Dante's Poison, succeeded admirably, deepening Mark Angelotti's character while telling a compelling story. Raimondo's current novel, Dante's Dilemma, might be the best in the series: Mark's blindness continues to present difficulties, of course, but he's such a real character that the reader often isn't even conscious of his blindness. Among the many things I love about the Angelotti series is that Mark's blindness has never seemed gimmicky. Dante's Dilemma is a fast-paced, compelling mystery that revolves around a critical social issue, and as usual, the writing is crisp. And despite the dark subject matter, the book is peppered with Mark's unique sense of humor. Highly recommended.

  • James Ziskin
    2018-11-19 06:01

    In DANTE'S DILEMMA, psychiatrist Mark Angelotti continues his journey through his own bespoke hell. Lynne Raimondo's remarkable series is not only compelling for its uncanny depiction of a blind man's daily struggles, it ranks among the most intelligent and well executed crime fiction in years. Deeper and more complex with each episode, this series commands attention. Raimondo writes razor-sharp characterizations and splendid, tension-filled plots that sparkle then tingle. DANTE'S DILEMMA holds you tight from its poignant opening to its powerful conclusion. Then, the final, irresistible twist leaves you wanting more and cursing the wait for satisfaction.

  • Lorraine Evanoff
    2018-11-01 03:11

    As a fan of legal thrillers, this book hit all the right spots for me. The title character, Mark Angelotti, is a renowned psychologist who serves as an expert witness in trials that involve PTSD. He also happens to be blind. The opening teases you in. Then, like Angelotti’s white cane tapping out the terrain, Raimondo feeds us clues, leaving us in the dark until the very end. As I muddled through the brutal Chicago winter with Angelotti I was reminded in vivid detail of why I left that magnificent, harsh city. But I’m going back for more and reading the first two books in the series!

  • Jan
    2018-11-14 07:52

    Despite a slightly slow start, this book was a unique format that I enjoyed. The principal character is a blind psychiatrist who is likable yet less than perfect...basically a complex, engaging character. The plot was just complicated enough to keep the reader interested, but it still worked in the relatively short format so popular these days. I enjoyed it & will check out the other entries in this series.

  • Laurie P
    2018-10-30 02:54

    This book is a quick read, but not shallow, as we follow the blind psychiatrist's attempts to solve a mystery, while trying desperately to keep his own personal demons at a distance. "Physician, heal thyself" comes to mind. Parts of the plot are predictable, but I found Mark Angelotti engaging enough that it powered me past the obvious clues. I will definitely be reading the next one.

  • Camille
    2018-10-29 04:13

    All of the Mark Angelotti books are good reads, this one probably rates a 3.5, The protagonist, a blind psychiatrist, faces interesting dilemmas and solves perplexing crimes related to his practice. (I've decided that many of the books I've rated as 4's vary widely. And I've previously not considered a 3 a very good rating. I'm changing my approach to allow for more varied evaluations.)

  • Rich M.
    2018-11-21 00:45

    This is the third in the series. Set in Chicago, I really enjoy the Chicago feel to the book. The main character is a psychiatrist who has recently become blind. I guess I would call these psychological mysteries, as he is called on to interview and analyze and solve the "who done it" question. The stories are a good puzzle and I really enjoyed them. Kathy

  • Lis
    2018-10-29 01:06

    Not quite a 4star but better than a 3-star. I still like the idea of a blind psychiatrist protagonist. But I found the plot rather uninspired.

  • Sandy
    2018-10-31 08:13

    Good read, interesting protagonist

  • Lori Rader-Day
    2018-10-29 08:05

    Solid mystery, lots of twists and turns, and Mark is getting to be a regular softie. Read these really smart mysteries for a protagonist you won't soon forget.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-14 06:08

    3.5. Interesting. Well-written.