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The Fifth Vial | by Michael Palmer

The Fifth VialThe Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer
(St. Martin’s Press, 2007, 372 pages)

Michael Palmer is a new author I tried and enjoyed since we started “SCC Library Reads” two years ago. This book does not disappoint. The story has multiple plot lines with different settings and characters. It took me a while to get into it and to figure out who was who. Natalie Reyes, a medical student from Boston, flies to Brazil for a conference but ends up being kidnapped. Dr. Joe Anson, a brilliant physician and scientist in Africa, is developing a potentially life-saving drug.  Ben Callahan, a skeptical and depressed private investigator from Chicago, investigates the disappearance of someone suspected of being killed for his bone marrow.  All their lives seem detached from each other at the beginning. As the story evolves you will see the pieces fitting together. The plot is full of twists and turns. The story addresses the bio-ethical issue of organ trafficking. If you are into medical thrillers, this is the one to read.

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