Three Steps Into Madness – A Book Review

Three Steps Into Madness

Three Steps Into Madness: Novellas

By: L. N. Nino

Amazon Book Description

The three novellas in this collection have in common the fact that their main characters are at the brink of madness. Each one, in its particular way, deal with how our minds operate when subjected to the ruin of their most fundamental beliefs — the reliability of memory, of our own talent, of the passing of time. I invite you to take part in exploring the darkest recesses of human nature — and hope you will come back saner than you entered it.

The Brain within its Groove — An old, agonizing Psychiatrist learns that his only hope of recovering his sanity lies in a patient from his past who suffered from an unusual kind of amnesia. The sinister remembrances he will uncover from this dark past will send him into a nightmarish downward spiral of insanity and fear.

The Gray Man — A fable about lost identity, the American Dream… and death. The desperate narrative written by a man locked inside the labyrinth of his own mind… A fast-paced descent of the slippery slopes of morality into the inescapable Abyss… A satire about immigration and trying to stay true to your dreams in a globalized world.
“The Gray Man” is all the above and much more. You’ll have to read it if you want to understand and enjoy its many possible readings.

Chronology of a Murder — A famous scholar — the chronologist Mr. Touvard — is murdered in the Paris of the 1800’s. To solve the mystery of this crime the great investigator Lord Dunslay will guide the reader through a web of hypotheses and suspicions. This is, however, no ordinary crime, for the last thing Touvard did before dying was to reveal the contents of a theory that would made irrelevant the most cherished beliefs of the defenders both of Faith and of Reason.

Book Review

Three Steps Into Madness, by L. N. Nino, contains three well written novellas that explore the darkness of our minds. The Brain Within its Groove, I read and reviewed in mid-May 2014. I loved it then and still love it.

The Gray Man is written with rich characters and is so descriptive that the reader feels like he/she are right there in the story. An immigrant man, longing to be a writer, soon becomes disillusioned with the ‘American Dream’. He begins a slow descent into madness, while his immigrant wife embraces the ‘American Dream’ and rises into a society that her husband doesn’t belong to.

Chronology of a Murder is a well written mystery, full of hypotheses, theories, and suspicion. A member of a high society becomes mad from all of his twisted knowledge.

I loved all three of the novella’s contained in Three Steps Into Madness. I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in the psychology of the mind.

I received a pdf copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

You can read my Book Review on The Brain Within its Groove at

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  1. The Brain within its Groove (5-48)
    Dr. Philips (Psychiatrist, psychiatric hospital) is approached by Mr. K. (elderly rich businessman). He wants the Dr. to treat his niece Ms. Isadore K. (20+, former client, selective memory).
    Later his wife Sophie (P/G, lost the baby) comes to work for him.
    Who is treating whom?
    I had an elder emeritus philosophy Professor, boring class at the time, now I love the stuff. If I would have had this in a graduate social work or counselling class I would have known what it meant. Now it makes sense tabula rasa (blank slate).

    The Gray Man (49-82)
    Greg (writer) & Carla (wife) leave their violent war torn, poverty stricken country & move to America. Greg became a taxi driver.
    Greg meets the Gray Man.
    Will Greg finally find the American dream as a writer he so endlessly wants to become?
    Or will he continue to wander around aimlessly in life?

    Chronology of a Murder (83-113)
    Lord Dunsley (narrator, investigator), & Mrs. Halloway (Mr. Touvard mistress) were attending Mr. Touvard (wealthy scholar, chronology) & Mrs. Touvard (Englishwoman) gallant party.
    Mr. Touvard was murdered. What secrets did he not reveal?
    Inspector Dupin was called in to investigate the crime.
    Was it Mr. Babbage who killed him?

    A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. 3 very well written novellas book. They were all very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. These would also make great mystery movies, or mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars for all of them.

    Thank you for the free book (Story Cartel; PDF)
    Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)


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