The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor

Book - 2004
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It's spring in Buffalo, New York. At sprawling St. Paul's Hospital, new interns rush through the halls, staff doctors scramble to catch their proteges' mistakes, and everyone is aware of one unrelenting threat: A new and vicious strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has hit America hard and is menacing the hospital like a wolf at the door. Wrapped in spacesuit-like garb to search for every possible source of infection, the hospital staff desperately tries to protect the lives of patients-and of each other. Yet despite St. Paul's best efforts, people are dying.
In this chilling medical landscape, no one notices the slight spike in the death rate in a palliative care ward. The prevailing attitude is They're supposed to die. That's why we call them terminal, When these same patients complain of terrifying near-death experiences, the hospital staff attributes it to delirium caused by medication. But when ER chief Dr. Earl Garnet gets blamed for the unexpected death of a patient, he defies protocol and opens an independent investigation. He quickly becomes suspicious that something far more sinister than disease is killing the hospital's most vulnerable patients.
For Garnet, looking into the deaths means rattling relationships that have been built over years-relationships with several men and women he once trusted but now must doubt. With the SARS epidemic spinning out of control and a storm of suspicion, fear, and mistrust raging through the corridors of St. Paul's, the hospital is rocked by a horrifying crime: A respected researcher is found brutally murdered. And his executioner may be ready to strike again.
With brilliant pacing, scalpel-sharp suspense, andan unmatched knowledge of the workings of a big-city hospital, Peter Clement is a thriller writer in a league of his own. In his new work, he takes us on a galvanizing, frightening, and constantly fascinating journey set on the front lines of medicine-where some dangers can be prevented and others can only be feared.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345457806
0345457803
Branch Call Number: FICTION Clement Peter 2004
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,25 cm.

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rahmmie
Apr 04, 2011

I didn't like it much, almost okay at best

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rvasudha
Jul 31, 2010

A brilliant novel, practically impossible to put down. Unlike most thrillers, this novel has an engaging yet intelligent plot. But what sets this one apart is that the author clearly knows what he's talking about. And not once does he put himself in a spot where he has to rustle up some far-fetched scenario to explain things away. And there's no junk-sciencey twist-the-facts-into-a-ridiculous-doomsday-scenario, which is very rare these days. Peter Clement has really outdone himself on this one.

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