Doing Harm

Doing Harm

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Steve Mitchell, happily married with a wife and two kids, is in line for a coveted position at Boston's University Hospital when his world goes awry. His over-reaching ambition causes him to botch a major surgery, and another of his patients mysteriously dies. Steve's nightmare goes from bad to worse when he learns that the mysterious death was no accident but the act of a sociopath. A sociopath he knows and who has information that could destroy Steve's career and marriage. A sociopath for whom killing is more than a means to an end: it's a game. Because he is under a cloud of suspicion and has no evidence, he knows that any accusations he makes won't be believed. So he must struggle to turn the tables, even as the killer skillfully blocks his every move. Detailing the politics of hospitals, the heirarchy among doctors and the life and death decisions that are made by flawed human beings, Doing Harm marks the debut of a major fiction career"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250033475
1250033470
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Par

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adrienne88
Jun 25, 2016

Very enjoyable and interesting, although ending was somewhat "Hollywood"-like and predictable - in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up on the big screen. Hope to read more from this writer soon.

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

This is the best book, or at least the most exciting, I’ve read in a long time. It begins with a series of intense surgical scenes that could only have been written by a surgeon, a urologist, to be specific. The life and death moments, mostly death, had me on the edge of my chair for the first half of the book. Then it turns into a murder mystery of sorts, with a scary, creepy believability to it that sent chills up my spine. I hope I’m never treated at that hospital! Two more big surprises caught me off guard before the final denouement. The writing is clear and crisp and intelligent. I highly recommend this book.

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gusmcrae
Dec 17, 2014

Pretty solid medical thriller. Not the best one ever written, I'm sure. But if you want a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing, this will do it. It reminds me a lot of Harlan Coben's work. The writing is fairly simplistic, so not heavy by any means (though medical terminology does appear throughout.)

I will probably look for his next book down the line.

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Debbi_0
Mar 27, 2014

For a first book it's a good read! I will be adding him to my authors to look for.

ChristchurchLib Mar 09, 2014

"Chief resident Steve Mitchell seems to have a charmed life -- at least until he botches a major surgery and makes a decision that puts his happy marriage at risk. But he soon discovers that he's been drawn into a deadly game run by a beautiful psychopath who's using her access to the hospital to commit murder. And unless he plays along, more people will die. Fortunately, he's got an ally in his junior resident, a pragmatic former Marine who's willing to help out. With extremely vivid writing about medical procedures, this debut isn't for the squeamish, but those who thrive on tension will be rewarded by a tantalising payoff. Thrillers and Suspense March 2014 Newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4e094271-7a6c-4526-9ef2-415c153c18ca?postId=18927596-1a79-4a5f-8a46-86587c18fccf

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