Life Line By Rebecca York
In the early morning, psychologist Abby Franklin is awakened by an hysterical telephone call from a former patient. Fearing for the woman's health, unable to contact her from the information in her records, Abby contacts one of the family members in the woman's file. Her brother, Derrick Claiborne, reveals that his sister Sharon made the call from a hospital where she has been confined for a few weeks due to a psychotic break following a problem with drugs. Abby is shocked and disturbed by this information, but as there is nothing she can do, she tries to assure herself that Sharon is receiving the care she needs and to put it out of her head. She is shocked to read, a few weeks later, of Sharon's suicide.
Also shocked is Sharon's other brother, Steve Claiborne, who hasn't seen his sister in the last few years. He puts his gun-running and smuggling in the Far East on hold to fly back to the States for the funeral and answers.
Steve and Abby get off to a rocky start when he accosts her at the funeral, accusing her of malpractice, and later when he steals her file on and session tapes with his sister. He discovers that Abby has a lot of information about him that he'd rather she didn't, and he's about as uncomfortable with that as with the knowledge he was wrong about her. Despite their reservations about each other, they share the same goal of finding out the circumstances leading to Sharon's death.