By Michael Palmer
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553574081, 480pp.)
Publication Date: January 5, 1998
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In the tiny town of Patience, California, newcomer Dr. Abby Dolan has noticed a frightening syndrome among her emergency room patients. It begins with a baffling, seemingly minor set of symptoms, but builds relentlessly until it plunges its victims into insane, murderous rages. As she searches for clues to this deadly mystery, Abby's superiors make it clear her probing is unwelcome.
Soon Abby will learn just how high the cost of the truth may be--and how far someone will go to keep a lethal secret. But she may not find the answer until it's too late to save her patients, her career...her life.
Michael Palmer is the bestselling author of Silent Treatment, Natural Causes, Extreme Measures, Flashback, Side Effects, and The Sisterhood. He has practiced medicine for more than twenty years, most recently as an emergency room physician.
"Wrenchingly scary...Palmer is reaching the top of a demanding craft."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This is a novel that manages to scare the socks off the reader while still providing made-for-Hollywood entertainment."
--The Globe and Mail, Toronto
"Palmer [brings] his fascinating ER procedural knowledge to a fast-paced...narrative."
--San Francisco Chronicle