When hematologist Dr. Carl Martin is called into a Little Rock emergency room, not even his expertise can save Benjamin Rasco from bleeding to death. But why did the man die? His condition shouldn't have been fatal. And no one should have such bizarre red blood cells.
Hoping to uncover a reason for the medical mystery, Carl travels to Rasco's hometown, an isolated, religious community nestled deep in the Arkansas Mountains. Instead of answers, however, Carl's faced with more questions - and a mysterious woman who stows away in his car.
Sheltered Beth Corbin only wants to see the world for a few days before returning to Artisan, where the town leaders discourage mixing with the outside world. But after talking with Carl, Beth becomes increasingly distrustful of those leaders, and the suspicions she's been harboring about the town become too intense to ignore. Together, Carl and Beth uncover an astounding medical conspiracy that not only affects all the residents of Artisan, but shatters every belief Carl ever held about himself.
Don holds a Ph.D. in human anatomy. In his professional career, he has taught microscopic anatomy to over five thousand medical and dental students and published dozens of research papers on wound healing. He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers.
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Finally, A Real Medical Mystery...
There are so many books that use the workings of the human body as a mechanism for suspense without quite knowing how the body works. This one delivers though, Donaldson is at the cutting edge of medical technology, and it makes for a great mystery. The narrator, at the same time he's telling the story, is a member of the audience, working to solve the puzzles along with us. His voice doesn't call attention to itself but serves instead as a pleasant window through which we see the plot play out. Kudos to all...
Thanks for the excellent work...
- T. SCHUMACHER
Good book, not strong as hoped in medical departme
Good suspense, esp. at the beginning with interesting plot.
Early Robin Cook or Michael Palmer, but with less actual medical info and not quite the character developement
It was okay, understandable, good pace.
The first of book was more suspence-filled than second part. I did enjjoy it but would have liked more actual medicine or research emphasis along with the suspense and character. But I did recommend it for people who like this kind of book.