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 beginning an elective in general surgery, whose world is shattered during
a break in an otherwise ordinary day. While relaxing in the surgical lounge of
LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she half listens to a TV segment on medical
tourism: first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for surgery.
But when she hears her beloved grandmother’s name mentioned, Jennifer’s heart
nearly stops: the CNN reporter says that Maria Hernandez has died, a day after
undergoing a hip replacement in New Delhi’s Queen Victoria Hospital.
Maria had raised Jennifer and her brothers from infancy, and
the bond between grandmother and granddaughter was unbreakable. Still, the news
that Maria traveled to India is a shock to Jennifer, until she realizes 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 pushes for more information. With
revelations of other unexplained deaths compounded by pressure from Indian
hospital officials for 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, and discovers 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, multi-layered conspiracy of
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