The Chase Is on : A Novel of Suspense
Overview - : In 1968, five year old Jeremy Hergenroeder, a minister's kid and a bit of a prodigy, is able to read people's minds and, perhaps, predict future events. He calls his gift "feeling people's heads," but his parents fear the voices he hears are signs of early onset schizophrenia. Read more...
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More About The Chase Is on by Marc E. Overlock
: In 1968, five year old Jeremy Hergenroeder, a minister's kid and a bit of a prodigy, is able to read people's minds and, perhaps, predict future events. He calls his gift "feeling people's heads," but his parents fear the voices he hears are signs of early onset schizophrenia. They get a fast track appointment with a local child psychiatrist in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The good doctor, Azriel Rebovitz, MD, figures out in about 20 minutes that Jeremy's unique gift has nothing to do with psychosis, but does present future dangers for which this innocent family must prepare. At the conclusion of the visit, Dr. Rebovitz offers to help Jeremy and his parents, David and Alexandria, learn how to "filter" and use Jeremy's gift only in limited circumstances. Unable to afford Dr. Rebovitz's $100 per hour fee, the Hergenroeders arrange a barter with Dr. Rebovitz whereby David will provide pastoral care visits to Dr. Rebovitz's mother Eva at a local nursing home. Unbeknownst to Dr. R, Eva has experience with the feeling heads gift and has a gift of her own that might come in handy and soon. After the appointment, Jeremy advises his parents that he's worried about some guy named Sir Hand who's following the Robert Kennedy campaign and is up to no good. The Hergenroeder's laugh off the Sir Hand idea as impossible-because no one can read someone else's mind 3,000 miles away in California. The next day, Dr. Rebovitz's secretary, Velma Brodie, transcribes the chart and immediately realizes that Jeremy's gift could help get her husband Dan out from under the iron grip of the local Puerto Rican mob and their loan sharking operation. But how can she ingratiate herself with the Hergenroeders to get unfettered access to Jeremy? Velma will think of something and, so, The Chase Is On.