Sunday, June 15, 2008


Mark Schorr, a psychotherapist for sixteen years in Portland, Oregon, is the author of eleven novels, including the Edgar-nominated Red Diamond, Private Eye.

He applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, Fixation, and reported the following:
Page 69 in Fixation is a conversation between the protagonist, Brian Hanson, and Louise Parker, the FBI agent he is developing a romantic relationship with. Their talk goes from flirtatious banter, to religious debate, to a plot point around the stalking that is bringing them closer and driving them apart.

Just who is stalking Louise is at the center of the novel. Is it Brian, who is not without his own psychological troubles, or someone with more malice in their heart?

I would hope that a reader choosing that page would get a sense of both characters’ strengths, and vulnerabilities, the constant struggle we all feel to assert our independence, and connect with others. Brian and Louise are not teens or young adults, they’re into middle age with all the scars that people accumulate along the way.

As a therapist, I have worked with stalkers, as well as victims. However, as I researched the book, the prevalence of stalking surprised me. Several female friends had had experiences, arising in unexpected circumstances: a classmate at law school; a casual date arranged through the church; a store’s regular customer.

What I like readers to walk away with is some factual knowledge—hopefully, after reading Fixation they will know enough about stalking that it will never happen to them.
Fixation is Schorr's second novel in the acclaimed Brian Hanson thriller series.

Read the Prologue and Chapter One from Fixation, and learn more about the book and author at Mark Schorr's website.

Check out the complete list of books in the Page 69 Test Series.

--Marshal Zeringue