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dangerous medicineSo you think you’re safe when you’re sick or in the hospital?  Those caring, dedicated medical specialists will take care of you & protect you from medical disasters or epidemics?  Well, maybe they can’t…or won’t…or maybe they ARE the problem.

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Alice Blanchard. Life Sentences.

A genetic researcher in Boston is driven to find a cure for the rare disease that claimed the life of her younger brother. But her progress is halted when her mentally unstable sister is discovered missing from her California home.

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Ben Bova. The Immortality Factor.

Some see stem-cell research as mankind’s greatest scientific breakthrough. Others see a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly, the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. To Dr. Arthur Marshak, his work is a momentous gift to humanity. To Dr. Jessie Marshak, it is a curse. Between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman both brothers will do anything to save. Somehow, before it’s too late, Arthur and Jessie Marshak must bridge the gap that divides them…on an issue that could mean nothing less than life or death for millions.

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David Carnoy. Knife Music.

Six months after saving the life of teenage accident victim Kristen Kroiter, emergency room surgeon Ted Cogan is shocked when he is questioned by police in the wake of her baffling suicide, which causes the womanizing Cogan to be wrongly accused of rape.

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John Case.  The Genesis Code.

In a remote Italian town, a renowned scientist enters the confessional and pours out the secret that has consumed his life–a story so alarming that the priest who hears it refuses to absolve the scientist and rushes to alert the Vatican…. In a suburb of Washington, D.C., Joe Lassiter learns that his only sister and her young son have been killed in a fire that destroyed their house. The police believe it was arson; soon they will discover that mother and child were brutally murdered before the blaze was set…. As the authorities abandon the case, Lassiter picks up the trail. Others may die if he cannot uncover the elusive connection that links the innocent victims together….

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Robin Cook. Marker.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City’s Central Park. Within twenty-four hours of his surgery, he dies. A thirty-six-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her knee. And within twenty-four hours, she has died. New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back, in Robin Cook’s electrifying twenty-fifth novel. Last seen in Vector , the doctors confront a series of puzzling hospital deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery. Despite institutional resistance from her superiors, as well as from those at Manhattan General, Laurie doggedly pursues the investigation. Though it seems impossible to determine why and how the patients are dying, she comes to suspect that not only are the deaths related-they’re intentional, suggesting the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a very unusual motive, involving frightening ties to both developing genomic medicine and the economics of modern-day health care. Then Laurie is dealt a double blow: While coping with Jack’s inability to commit to their relationship, she discovers she carries a genetic marker for a breast-cancer gene. As her personal life continues to unravel, the need for answers becomes more urgent, especially when Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack race to connect the dots-and save Laurie’s life.

Margaret Cuthbert. Silent Cradle.

Dr. Rae Duprey, an obstetrician, is driven by a passion to save the lives of women and babies in her care. But when her candidacy for the chairmanship of Berkeley Hills’ prestigious obstetrics department is derailed by a series of “bad baby” cases, Rae is determined to uncover the truth.

John Darnton. Mind Catcher.

Thirteen-year-old Tyler Jessup suffers a life-threatening injury that could, at best, render him severely brain damaged. His youth and his injury make him the perfect candidate for stem cell implantation surgery, a highly experimental process that allows a computer to take over the brain’s functions while replacement stem cells are being harvested. Leo Saramaggio is the arrogant brain surgeon who will perform the delicate operations. Cleaver, the doctor/technician behind the computer functions, appears less threatening than Saramaggio but is much more dangerously ambitious. He will do anything to prove his theory that the mind is separate from the brain. Kate Willet, the new neurosurgeon on staff, has misgivings about the experimental procedures and sides with the boy’s father, Scott Jessup, when he has second thoughts. Kate and Scott team up when they suspect that something is amiss with the procedures and that Tyler is in profound danger.

Eileen Dreyer. With a Vengeance.

Maggie O’Brien, a nurse and a medic on a SWAT team, has a thirst for justice, and a chip on her shoulder. She lives in the shadow of her father, a famous (or infamous) cop. Is she more his daughter than she wants to admit? The question hits home when Maggie feels the desire–as all cops, nurses, doctors and medics sometimes do–to dispense her own brand of justice. Soon she finds evidence that someone else may be acting on that desire. Her search for the truth is a searing tour through theshades of gray between the impulse to heal and the urge to punish.

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Ken Follett. Whiteout.

A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company’s director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus—but he isn’t the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting—though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.

Tess Geritsen. Bloodstream.

Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father’s death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her practise on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town’s teenagers. As the rash of disturbing behavior grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century,the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility — and her son — from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.

Shawn Grady. Falls Like Lightning.

When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he’s achieved what he’s always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together. Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can’t imagine her life getting any more complicated. It doesn’t take long for things to go very wrong, very quickly. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency landing. Silas is able to parachute to safety but soon discovers his crew can’t be trusted. They’re hiding something, and now Silas is on a race to save himself and Elle from the flames–and from a more dangerous threat: his own team.

Tom Hyman. Jupiter’s Daughter.

Subjecting his unwitting wife to a revolutionary gene experiment, billionaire Dalton Stewart induces the turn-of-the-millennia birth of the first Superbeing, a girl whose “extra” genes give her extraordinary powers and make her an international target.

Robert Ludlum. Hades Factor.

A homeless man in Boston, an Army Major in California, and a teenage girl in Atlanta all die suddenly and painfully–each a victim of an unknown doomsday virus. For three days, a team of scientists is a U.S. government laboratory has been frantically trying to unlock the virus’s secrets. When the leading researcher from that lab, Lt. Col. Jonathan Smith, returns from overseas, he barely survives a series of well-orchestrated attempts made on his life. By the time Smith eludes his pursuers and makes it home, he discovers that the virus has claimed its fourth victim, Dr. Sophia Russell–Smith’s fiancee. Devastated and enraged, Smith quickly uncovers evidence that his lover’s death was no accident–that someone out there has the virus, and the pandemic that threatens hundreds of millions of lives is no accident. But wherever he turns, Smith finds that some unseen force has blocked his quest for information. Not knowing whom to trust, Smith assembles a private team to search for the truth behind the deadly virus. While the death toll mounts, their quest leads to the highest levels of power and the darkest corners of the earth, as they match wits with a determined genius–and as the fate of the world lies in the balance.

Patrick Lynch. Carriers.

Move over, Ebola virus. There’s a new epidemic on the global block–an airborne filovirus just as deadly and a hundred times more contagious. Ground zero is near the village of Muaratebo in Sumatra, an embarkation point for shipments of primates to research laboratories in the US. A dozen macaques dispatched from Muaratebo arrive in Delaware showing signs of a ferociously debilitating virus that attacks their lungs, moves on to other organs, and causes inescapable death within nine days in the macaques and also in any humans unlucky enough to come into close contact with them. Back in Sumatra, Holly Becker arrives for a visit to her 12-year-old twins, Emma and Lucy–who’ve been staying with her ex-husband, medical botanist Jonathan Rhodes–to find a nightmarish scenario: There’s no word from Jonathan, no trace of him or the girls, and no way to get past the military roadblocks to the Rhodes enclave at Rafflesia Camp in the interior. Back stateside, Lt. Col. Carmen Travis, head pathologist at the US Army’s Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, traces the outbreak of the epidemic to Muaratebo; but even as her task force packs for Sumatra, a British entomologist brings the Muaratebo virus to London, and a colleague of Travis’s finds a link between the outbreak and a hush-hush genetic research project that went catastrophically awry in the New Mexico desert ten years before. If you’re wondering how the infection traveled from New Mexico to Sumatra, and how Travis’s team can overcome the conspiracy of silence to reunite frantic Holly Becker with her daughters–well, the answers to these questions turn out to be scarier than you can imagine.

Pierre Ouellette. Third Pandemic.

As a plague that Dr. Elaine Wilkes predicted begins its deadly march across the continents, Elaine retains the formula for the cure. But Elaine’s employers plan to withhold it in a grisly game of supply and demand. And in the center of the madness, a psychopathic genius readies the final, stunning blow.

Michael Palmer. A Heartbeat Away.

On the night of the State of the Union address, President James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its development – a team headed byAllaire, himself. The only one who might be able to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes, currently in solitary confinement in a maximum security federal prison for alleged terrorist acts, including the attempted theft of WRX3883 from the lab where he worked. Rhodes has no idea why he has been arrested, but when Allaire offers to free him in exchange for his help combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause. Meanwhile, every single person in line for presidential succession is trapped inside the Capitol – every person except one: the Director of Homeland Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected as the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no animal testing in his experiments… and time is running out.

James Patterson.  The 5th Horseman.

Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is shopping with the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, lawyer Yuki Castellano, and Yuki’s mother, Keiko, when suddenly Keiko collapses. She’s rushed to San Francisco Medical Center where her condition stabilizes. Yet days later, the hospital calls Yuki with devastating news. Keiko was given the wrong medication and it brought on a fatal heart attack. Even more astonishing, this is not the first time SFMC has made this mistake. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a mysterious turn for the worse. As the hospital comes under scrutiny, Lindsay and the Women’s Murder Club investigate for themselves. Is there a maniac at work, playing God with peoples lives? And has Lindsay somehow made him — or her — even worse?

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Stanley Pottinger. A Slow Burning.

A brilliant scientist is close to an astonishing neurological breakthrough that will alter the very nature of who we think we are…a hard-boiled cop stumbles upon the merciless killer who had murdered his father twenty years earlier…a woman who lies in a coma is given one last, desperate chance at life.

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Leah Ruth Robinson. Unnatural Causes.

For Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe, home is a refuge from the frenzy and blood of the ER. But then a would-be murderer invades her sanctuary, leaving a colleague near death after he unknowingly ingested poison in Evelyn’s Manhattan apartment — a lethal surprise that may have been intended for Dr. Sutcliffe herself. As chaos threatens to engulf her professional and personal worlds and as sordid secrets about the friends and coworkers she thought she knew suddenly begin to come to light, Evelyn Sutcliffe realizes that she must trace a murderous evil — an evil that could be lurking perilously close to her: in the halls of University Hospital, and perhaps in the ER itself … even outside her bedroom door.

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Stephen White. Kill Me.

Throw out everything you think you know about twists, turns, and surprises. Get ready for the next big thing. Get ready to meet the Death Angels. We’ve all been there. A loved one or a dear friend becomes desperately ill or is tragically injured. Someone—maybe even you—says, “If that ever happens to me, I wish someone would just . . . kill me.” What if you could choose when to die? But once you decide, you can’t change your mind. Ever. No matter what. Welcome to the next step in the evolution of suspense fiction, to an in-your-face/what-would-you-do? topical thriller.  Crime-prone Boulder psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory doesn’t have to do anything but listen to one of his most troubled patients: a man sentenced to death by killers he hired himself.After getting rescued from a skiing mishap that could have been much worse and hearing the news that a friend has been turned into a vegetable by a scuba accident, the anonymous narrator, a wealthy med-tech developer, realizes he’s never worried what will happen if illness or accident leave him incapacitated, unable to communicate his wish to die if he can’t Live-with-a-capital-L, or make sure that wish is honored. A sympathetic friend puts him in touch with a shadowy group he dubs the Death Angels who offer a unique service. For a cool million, they’ll ask you enough questions to construct an individualized profile of your likely future wishes, then monitor your health, keep an eye out for accidents and step in without further notice if you cross the quality-of-life line you’ve drawn yourself. The big advantage to this arrangement, of course, is that you get to make decisions about the end of your life while you’re still in the pink of health. The big disadvantage is that once you’ve made the final payment, your contract with the Death Angels is irrevocable—even if you soon develop an aneurysm that produces symptoms so serious you know the Death Angels are watching, even if in the meantime you’ve developed an emotional bond to a son you never knew you had that’s so vital it’s absolutely essential you stay alive at least long enough to find the missing boy and bid him farewell.

Charles Wilson. Game Plan.

 Imagine a computer chip no bigger than the tip of a pencil. This chip, if implanted in a human brain, could give someone encyclopedic knowledge, lightning-fast reflexes and superior learning skills. In a remote military hospital in Montana, an experiment is being performed: implant the chip into the brains of five volunteers. These volunteers, four men and one woman, are all serving life sentences in prison. The experiment works…but the five criminals escape. One young doctor is pulled into the intrigue by the baffling murder of his medical school mentor. Can this one doctor stop the conspiracy of five powerful opponents… whose driving desire is absolute and total control?

F. Paul Wilson. The Select.

The Firm goes to medical school in this first novel. “The Select” are the 50 students who will be granted admission to the Ingraham College of Medicine, which is entirely funded by the Kleederman Foundation and completely subsidizes the lucky 50. Of course, there are many stringent rules, and perhaps the school is a little too concerned with the more confidential aspects of the students’ lives. One of this year’s finest prospects is Tim Brown, an aviator shades-wearing party animal who uses his eidetic memory to count cards at the blackjack table when he is not acing medical school exams. Tim helps the beautiful Quinn Cleary gain admittance by a small scam–it seems Ingraham isn’t all that keen on women doctors. Together they discover that all is not what it seems in this “24-karat medical school.”

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