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The Good Physician

Harrington, Kent

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ISBN 10: 0939767600 / ISBN 13: 9780939767601
Published by Dennis Mcmillan Pubns, Cm6, 2008
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9.10 X 6.10 X 1.10 inches; 269 pages; Book looks new, it has been signed by Harrington and also there is a gift inscription from another doctor. Never been read. Fast shipping book will be insured. ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 26005

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Title: The Good Physician

Publisher: Dennis Mcmillan Pubns, Cm6

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Practicing medicine in Mexico City, Dr. Collin Reeves finds himself facing moral dilemma as he is pressured by CIA agents Alex Law and Butch Nickels to treat torture victims as they try to obtain information about a possible terrorist bombing plot.

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*Starred Review* “Everyone runs out of luck some place. . . . It was just a question of where.” In the course of not quite 300 pages, that question is answered for most of the cast in Harrington’s superb thriller. Collin Reeves is a doctor at the American embassy in Mexico City; he’s also a CIA agent, but he’s largely ignored by the Company, left to spend his days playing at becoming a painter. Then the Muslim owner of a hotel across the street from Collin’s apartment asks the doctor to treat an American guest. So begins Collin’s transformation from dilettante to reluctant antiterrorist to disgusted man of action. It starts when he falls in love with the sick “American,” who  turns out to be a beautiful Iraqi woman who may be involved with terrorists who have brought a bomb into Mexico City. Every character in this gripping story—from the good doctor to his CIA superiors to the terrorists—is portrayed with remarkable subtlety, moments of heartbreaking vulnerability and humanity set against multiple forms of hatred. Curiously, this is not an overtly political novel, except in the sense that Harrington heaps plagues upon all the ideological houses whose bombs spray their shrapnel across our landscape. Duck if you can, the good doctor learns, but recognize when you’ve reached that place where your luck runs out, and try to act with as much grace as you can muster. This will remind many of John le Carré’s Absolute Friends (2004), but it is less ideological and more unflinching in its willingness to examine the humanity of the terrorist and the inhumanity of terrorism. --Bill Ott

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