By G. Wayne Miller
With the support of his wife, Sharon, young neurosurgeon Nick Emin has left medicine to pursue his longtime dream of architecture — and now he has just won his first big contract, to design a luxury resort from the remains of an old state psychiatric hospital that lies in the shadow of Thunder Rise. It seems his decision to quit operating was wise, after all, despite the criticism he endured when he put down the scalpel.
Taking up temporary residence near the long-closed Elmwood State Hospital, Nick is slowly drawn into the institution — and back in time, to when Nazi-inspired experimental surgery on the mentally ill was conducted behind the old brick walls of Elmwood. And not just lobotomy, once so widely practiced in America…
The pull of Nick into Elmwood’s past is no random development or horror-novel cliché. With his neurosurgical expertise, Nick has been called for a specific reason, by a specific person he will come to know well — someone of great importance to him. When Sharon becomes pregnant with their first child, Nick begins to understand.
But first, the enigmatic Saint Peter and his friends have a mission for Nick that pits him against Elmwood’s inhumane administration — a mission of salvation with terrible consequences if it fails.
A portion of the proceeds from Asylum will be donated to Zambarano State Hospital in Pascoag, R.I., in the memory of the late Frank Beazley, artist, poet and great champion of the disabled.