Dead Ringer

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Dead Ringer

What a great read. This is a “Robin Cook” story and maybe a bit more. A very high speed read that the reader will not want to put down. In the world of harvesting body parts for medical research and teaching pre-med students their craft, this book has a little more than that and some very hard facts to think about where these body parts come from.

Dr. Lucas McRae a Neurosurgeon from Seattle is invited to speak at a hospital in Hong Kong and give some demonstrations to other medical personnel. When Dr. McRae uncovers a head on his demonstration table at the conference he sees the head of his best friend Andy Baer. At first, the doctor thinks he is imagining things but is unable to locate Andy when he goes home to Seattle. His wife and Andy’s ex-wife couldn’t care less whether the head is Andy or not but Lucas is determined to find the truth. Lucas finds a detective Wendy Elliot on the case of a dead prostitute and is after a funeral director who might have had something to do with Andy’s disappearance. The funeral director also has a business that provides body parts to huge corporations for medical research. The reader pretty much knows who the culprit is but it does not spoil the book’s plot. Readers of medical thrillers will love this.


Book Blurb for Dead Ringer

While speaking at a Hong Kong medical conference, neurosurgeon Dr. Lucas McCrae slips the cloth off a cadaver’s head during a routine medical demonstration, and is overwhelmed with the shock by what’s staring back at him: His best friend, Andy Baer.

Stunned, McCrae races back to Seattle to discover that Andy is in fact missing and may have been murdered by a gang of body snatchers who operate a legit funeral business and make a fortune by selling recovered body parts to medical researchers.

McCrae teams up with an unlikely pair—a beautiful but hardnosed female cop and a gang member whose family was victimized by the body parts ring—to try and expose a macabre web of corruption that involves law enforcement, politicians, funeral home curators and murdered prostitutes.

Internationally renowned neurosurgeon Allen Wyler takes us deep into a nightmarish scenario, shockingly ripped from recent headlines, and delivers a horrifically plausible, page-turning thriller.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.50