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Mistaken identity? Mental health and true crime rear their heads in new novel

The Fregoli delusion provides backdrop for new crime thriller.

Fregoli Delusion
PRLog - Feb. 5, 2013 - Ottawa, ON-Cases of mistaken identity are frequent visitors to the pages of crime books, be they fiction or based on real life events. More often than not, such incidents are easily explainable and usually resulting from physical similarities of either the perpetrators or victims of crimes. But Michael J. McCann's latest mystery novel, The Fregoli Delusion, takes the concept of the 'unreliable witness' to an entirely new level by exploring one of the most fascinating mental disorders ever recognized.

The Canadian crime writer's latest release pushes the boundaries on what most readers think they know about the human brain. It follows the story of the eyewitness to a violent crime who suffers from one of the rare "delusional misdentification syndrome," known as a fregoli delusion.

Named after an Italian quick-change artist by the name of Leopoldo Fregoli, the disorder causes its sufferers to believe that a variety of people are, in fact, one person in disguise. They may perceive that even their own mothers are someone one else entirely.  McCann was intrigued to learn of the rare disorder:

"When I heard about this disorder, I simply couldn't resist—it's the most fascinating condition I've ever come across. Every day we're learning more and more about neuroscience and the incredible complexity of the human brain. But even as much as we've done to map the mind, the search for the source of many disorders continue to elude scientists. The Fregoli delusion is just one of hundreds that remain a mystery—and for a mystery writer, what could be better?"

The most recent entry in the Donaghue & Stainer crime novel series, is available from The Plaid Raccoon Press. More information on McCann and his work is available at: www.mjmccann.com

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