Essondale - A Psychological Thriller Now Available in Trade Paper

From David Laing Dawson who has been described as "a surehanded competitor of Robin Cook" by Publishers Weekly comes a mystery dealing with murder and sexual abuse in a psychiatric hospital
Feb. 2, 2009 - PRLog -- Bridgeross Communications is pleased to announce a new edition of "Essondale" by David Laing Dawson distributed by Ingram Books and available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookshops worldwide (ISBN 978-0-9810037-4-0, $19.95 US retail, 192 pages).

Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure. Waking from a drunken stupor in a small green room, the doctor finds he's on the other side of the diagnosis - in a place where life and mental health seem to be going pretty cheap these days. Murder and sexual abuse haunt the hospital, but Snow doesn't really care. He'd rather be dead anyway. When a charming, manic cowboy and a world-weary intellectual invade Snow's self-imposed isolation, they drag him out of his depression - and into the heart of Essondale's black mysteries...

In a review of "Essondale", Quill and Quire stated that "Dawson's greatest strength is that he makes no judgements - not of the patients, not of the doctors, not of Essondale itself".

Publishers Weekly said of  his mystery "Last Rights" that "Dawson's vital characters and the ambience of his city and institutional scenes earn him respect as the author of both a superb mystery and a compelling novel."

Of his mystery, "Slide in All Direction" also published by Bridgeross, the Hamilton Spectator said that it is "a work of fiction that's as close to reality as it gets". it is full of "compelling characters (who) find their way through a storyline bursting with crime, murder, addiction, tough love and tenuous redemption. Yet it doesn't feel crowded. You may not root for the characters but I'm betting you'll end up pulling for them".

Dawson is a member of the Crime Writers Association of Canada. Bridgeross Communications publishes three of his works - Essondale, Slide in All Direction and The Intern. All are $19.95 US.

For further information about Dawson and/or Bridgeross, please visit

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About Bridgeross Coomunications - a publisher of quality books and a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Bridgeross also publishes "The Dysfunctional Father's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Babies" by XY illustrated by David Shaw and "Schizophrenia - Medicine's Mystery - Society's Shame" by Marvin Ross and recommended by the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.
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