Why would a nurse's aide terrified of heights hurl herself from a 20th story rooftop in Queens? Why would an attractive librarian with a water phobia be found naked and floating face-down in the Astoria Park swimming pool? How did the scantily clad body of a young bookstore clerk with a horror of snakes end up inside a Central Park Zoo cage with a 200-pound python? NYPD Detective Max Segal, strung out from a devastating divorce, is determined to find the killer before more women die. A sadistic ex-con who masquerades as a shrink is seducing phobic women into psychic hell and literally scaring them to death. When Max Segal picks up the killer's trail, Max's new girlfriend is chosen to become victim number four. Like Love Kills and Exes, Dan Greenburg's previous bestselling thrillers, Fear Itself is a terrifyingly realistic, darkly humorous, startlingly sexy, street-tough thriller with a surprising climax.
Dan Greenburg's seventy-three books have been translated into twenty-four languages and include the two previous bestsellers in the Max Segal series, Love Kills and Exes. Dan has also written the humor books How to Be a Jewish Mother and How To Make Yourself Miserable, as well as many movies, TV shows, and Broadway shows. He's been a stand-up comedian and a tiger tamer, among other things. To research Fear Itself, Dan spent two years with NYPD homicide cops, going to crime scenes and autopsies to check out corpses, accompanying detectives on high-speed car chases and door-busting arrests. Dan also spent several weeks doing research in maximum security prisons, interviewing convicted murderers in their cells.