Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 448 p.
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A series of unexplained deaths in foreign hospitals sends an
idealistic UCLA medical student on a desperate search for answers,
in this chilling tale from the master of the medical thriller.
Jennifer Hernandez is a fourth-year medical student at UCLA, just
completing an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered
during a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the
surgical lounge of L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she
half-listens to a piece on medical tourism, where first-world
citizens travel to third-world countries for surgery. But when she
hears her beloved grandmother's name mentioned, her own heart
nearly stops: the CNN reporter says Maria Suarez-Hernandez had
died, a day after undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi's Queen
Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and their
bond was unshakable. Still, the news that Maria had traveled to
India was a shock to Jennifer, until she realized that it was the
only viable option for the hardworking yet uninsured woman.
Devastated, and desperate for answers, Jennifer takes emergency
leave from school and heads to India, where relations with local
officials go from sympathetic to sour as she presses for more
information. With the discovery of other unexplained deaths
followed by hasty cremations, Jennifer reaches out to her mentor,
New York City medical examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery, who has her
own deep connection to Maria.
Laurie, along with her husband, Dr. Jack Stapleton, rushes to the
younger woman's side, discovering a sophisticated medical facility
with little margin for error. As the death count grows, so do the
questions, leading Laurie and Jennifer to unveil a sinister,
multilayered conspiracy of global proportions.