MANIA is one of the most impressive thriller debuts of 2009.
Craig Larsen, who started writing what he describes as “Dick
and Jane” stories at a very early age, apparently has decided
not to stick with that genre. The loss to children’s
literature is indeed the thriller genre’s gain.
The heart of MANIA lies with Nick Wilder. Be forewarned: Nick is
not a particularly sympathetic character. It is evident almost from
the beginning that there is something wrong with him. A freelance
newspaper photographer who barely ekes out a living, Nick
constantly has blackout spells, repressed memories, hallucinations