Critical Judgment

Critical Judgment

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From day one Dr. Abby Dolan has felt uncomfortable working in the emergency room of Patience Regional Hospital in tiny Patience, California. Cut off from the sophisticated staff and equipment that backed her up in San Francisco, Abby Dolan wonders if she has what it takes to succeed in a small-town facility with some big-time problems.

Abby had moved to Patience to be with her fiance, Josh Wyler, but the Josh she lives with now is a different man--manic, hostile, and prone to blinding headaches. And then one night Josh storms out for good, and Abby is left wondering whether it's the pressures at his new job with manufacturing giant Colstar, or whether Colstar itself is making Josh sick. In the E.R. she is seeing too many patients with unexplainable symptoms--too many to be normal.

Abby's suspicions about Colstar are shared by E.R. colleague Dr. Lew Alvarez, whose investigating committee has shrunk, as one by one they succumbed to the company's stranglehold on Patience. Abby is not about to be scared off, but her own in-vestigation reaches a dead end: all the blood samples she sends out for testing come back negative for chemical contamination. Yet Abby is certain the citizens of Patience are slowly being poisoned. The question is whether she will die proving it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 450 pages
  • 108 x 184 x 27.69mm | 227g
  • Bantam USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0553574086
  • 9780553574081
  • 462,241

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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.
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Review quote

"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
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About Michael Palmer

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.
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4 41% (1,055)
3 26% (681)
2 4% (94)
1 1% (22)
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