Review: Stephen B. Seager’s ‘Behind the Gates of Gomorrah’

January 11, 2015 12:00 PM

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Review: Stephen B. Seager’s ‘Behind the Gates of Gomorrah’

The first thing psychiatrist Stephen B. Seager wants readers to know about Napa State Hospital in California, the mental institution where he treats the criminally insane, is also the most obvious: It is not a safe place.

Dubbed “Gomorrah” by hospital staff, the institution contains (just barely) some of the state’s most dangerous psychopaths: mass murderers, rapists, serial killers. On his first day there, Seager is assaulted by a patient and sent home with stitches. Despite his better judgment, he returns to work t...

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