Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe spends her workday keeping Death at bay. But now it stalks her in her home...
The life-and-death struggle waged daily in the ER is a constant, integral part of Evelyn Sutcliffe's existence. Her home is her refuge from the frenzy, the anxiety, the uncertainty, and the blood. But on a night when she and her closest friends are supposed to be celebrating Evelyn's anniversary with her significant other, psychiatrist Phil Carchiollo, a would-be murderer has invaded her sanctuary. Now a colleague clings to life by the barest of threads, struck down by poison he ingested while cooking in Evelyn's Manhattan apartment -- a lethal surprise intended for one or more of Dr. Sutcliffe's invited guests...or for Evelyn herself. As chaos threatens to engulf her professional and personal worlds -- 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 to its twisted roots. For everything she senses, everything she learns, suggests that a killer is lurking perilously close to her: in the halls of University Hospital...in the shadows of the ER...
Outside her bedroom door.
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If you like your mystery mixed up with fast-paced emergency room action, this latest medical thriller by Leah Ruth Robinson (an emergency room technician herself) is just what the doctor ordered.
In between treating a wide variety of walk-in disasters, Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe of Manhattan's University Hospital has to sleuth out who poisoned the mushrooms that her close friends consumed at a dinner party. Her friend and colleague Gary Seligman, a nurse who is heavily involved in a nasty labor battle between two rival hospital unions, lies gravely ill in the hospital. Gary has enemies in high-up places. Another possible suspect is Elise, a troubled young woman and a former patient of Dr. Phil Carchiollo (Evelyn's boyfriend). But there could also be a connection to a top doctor at the hospital--who has his own dirty secrets to hide.
As Robinson did in Blood Run and First Cut, she first stuns us with a whirlwind of detail about daily life in an emergency room, and then, when she has our full attention, drops in extra characters and plot to dazzle and baffle us. Guess what? It works. --Dick AdlerAbout the Author:
Leah Ruth Robinson, the author of the novels First Cutand Blood Run, is a New York State certified emergency medical technician. She has served in the Emergency Department of St. Luke's Hospital (St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center) in New York City and taught Basic Life Support for several years at Lenox Hill Hospital, also in New York City. She is an active member on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the steering committee of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Married to writer John Rousmaniere, she divides her time between Manhattan and Stamford, Connecticut. She is currently at work on her next novel of medical suspense featuring Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe.
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