A great medical thriller. It's about a young doctor who suspects that a mine in his small town is cutting corners in disposal of medical waste. When people in the town start dying of a rare disorder, he uncovers a web of corruption. Meanwhile, a woman pathologist many miles away begins doing her own research into strange medical symptoms in a woman who used to live in the doctor's town, and the grandmother of an autistic child lobbies for more studies for vaccinations which caused her granddaugher's disability. These three seemingly unrelated characters come together. The novel has lots of twists and turns...I think this is the best I've read by Palmer so far...and all his books have been good, but this was even better.
NOTE: My copy has a water stain (still in relatively good condition) and I'm giving it free to anyone who requests another of my books. Please pm me.
THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD BOOK. IT WAS HARD TO GO TO WORK AND HAVE TO PUT IT DOWN. COULDN'T WAIT TO GET BACK HOME TO READ SOME MORE OF IT. IF YOU LIKE THRILLERS AND NON BORING BOOKS, THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU:)
Really a bit far-fetched, and a little preachy, but still a very entertaining read.
I really like Michael Palmer books and this was no disapointment.
A very good medical thriller.
From The Sisterhood, Michael Palmer's first New York Times bestseller, to The Patient, his ninth, reviewers have proclaimed him a master of medical suspense. Recognized around the world for original, topical, nail-biting suspense, emergency physician Palmer's work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Now he reaches controversial and startling new heights in a terrifying tale of cutting-edge microbiology, unbridled greed, and murder, where either knowing too little or trusting too much can be FATAL.
In Chicago, a pregnant cafeteria worker, suffering nothing more malevolent than flulike symptoms, begins hemorrhaging from every part of her body. In Boston, a brilliant musician, her face disfigured by an unknown disease, rapidly descends into a lethal paranoia. In Belinda, West Virginia, a miner suddenly goes berserk, causing a cave-in that kills two of his co-workers. Finding the link between these events could prove FATAL.
Five years ago, internist and emergency specialist Matt Rutledge returned to his West Virginia home to marry his high-school sweetheart and open a practice. He also had a score to settle. His father died while working for the Belinda Coal and Coke Company, and Matt swore to expose the mines health and safety violations.
When his beloved Ginny succumbed to an unusual cancer, his campaign became even more bitterly personal. Now Matt has identified two bizarre cases of what he has dubbed the Belinda Syndrome--caused, he is certain, by the mines careless disposal of toxic chemicals. All he needs is proof.
Meanwhile, two women, unknown to one another, are drawn inexorably to Belinda, into Matts life--and into mortal danger. Massachusetts coroner Nikki Solari comes to attend the funeral of her roommate, killed violently on a Boston street. Ellen Kroft, a retired schoolteacher from Maryland, seeks the remorseless killer who has threatened to destroy her and her family. Three strangers--Rutledge, Solari, and Kroft--each hold one piece of a puzzle they must solve, and solve quickly. If they dont, it will be far more than just their own lives that are at risk.
Michael Palmer has crafted a novel of breathtaking speed and medical intricacy where nothing is as it seems and one false step could be FATAL.
A Master of Medical Suspense...
Great book by an Great Author
If you like medical thrillers, Michael Palmer is one of the best authors in this genre.
This book is well worth the read....Enjoyed..
It took a few pages to get my interest going. Once it did it was a terrific book.
NY Times Bestseller. Excellent!
good thriller with interesting scientific information
I liked the characters and it was a quick, gripping read.
Vintage Palmer! Great medical thriller.
Good plot lots of twists and did guess all the bad guys. If you like Robin Cook you'll loke this
Five years ago, internist and emergency specialist Matt Rutledge returned to his West Virginia home to marry his high-school sweetheart and open a practice. He also had a score to settle. His father died while working for the Belinda Coal and Coke Company, and Matt swore to expose the mine's health and safety violations. When his beloved Ginny succumbed to an unusual cancer, his campaign became even more bitterly personal. Now Matt has identified two bizarre cases of what he has dubbed the Belinda Syndrome - caused, he is certain, by the mine's careless disposal of toxic chemicals. All he needs is proof." He may find it in two strangers, two women, unknown to one another, who drawn inexorably to Belinda, into Matt's life - and into mortal danger.
And each of whom hold one piece of a puzzle they must solve, and solve quickly. Or far more than just their own lives that are at risk.
I love medical thrillers!
Yet another fabulous medical mystery from Palmer!
Great read, but with Michael Palmer that's a gimme'!
Fast paced action. Good read.
Very good suspense book. This is a hardcover in good condition with cover jacket.