Date: October 2003
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Fiction / Suspense / Medical
Beverly J. Rowe
Notes: Explicit sex
is an "itinerant physician" working in a string of Nebraska
cow town emergency rooms. Thirteen-year-old Henry Rojelio, an asthma
patient and frequent visitor to the Emergency Room, suddenly goes
into cardiac arrest--for no apparent reason. Malcolm manages to
resuscitate him, but Henry remains in a deep coma, permanently brain
damaged. An emergency room nurse, whom he thought had a mutual attraction
to him, and that he did have a sexual encounter with, has reported
to the hospital administration that he is grossly incompetent and
was at fault in Henry's case. He loses his job there, and may be
looking at criminal charges. The nurse, Robin, has disappeared,
and he may even be facing charges for her disappearance.
He reflects on his disgrace after
having been ousted from his residency in Glory, Arizona seven years
earlier. As he tries to figure out what happened, Malcolm's secret
exhausting affair with the brain surgeon, Mimi Lyle, in Phoenix,
Arizona begins to looks like it may have been cause for her to seek
revenge. He had watched with mounting horror as Mimi's serious errors
in judgment caused irreversible consequences to her patients in
one operation after another, leaving them dead or permanently damaged.
Following his conscience, Malcolm reports her incompetence to the
hospital board. He is inexplicably removed from his residency. His
applications to other hospitals are turned down. Slowly, he begins
to piece together the succession of events that have landed him
in purgatory. Is Mimi capable of plotting his downfall like this?
What happened to Robin, and how does she figure in?
David Farris has made a stunning debut
with this sharp, classy medical thriller. This gifted storyteller
has great style, and is a master at characterization and plotting.
Don't start this book until you have time to read it all, because
it's a can't-put-down, adrenaline rush story. We'll watch for more
from this talented author.