Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler
ebook, 286 pages
Published by Astor + Blue Editions
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.
I asked my brother to help me out with this one. So this book was read and reviewed by Cameron.
Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler is a medical thriller that keeps the medical details to a minimum while including enough facts to make it realistic. Never is there a dull moment, yet this is not a tiring bit of nonstop action either. There are slower bits with enough reflection and introspection to add depth and make it a more enjoyable read. At the same time it never slows very much and those who enjoy nonstop action will find it hard to put down.
Dr. Lucas McRae works as a specialized neurosurgeon. His characteristics and way of thinking are easy to relate to and down to earth. However, rather than a flawless super hero we have somewhat of an everyday guy as the main character who makes mistakes and struggles an everyday battle the same as everyone else. Meanwhile the weaknesses of Dr. McRae are not so big as to become annoying and leave you frustrated. He takes action in a timely enough fashion to keep the reader hooked.
Throughout the entire book never is there a dull moment. Even the quieter times keep us entranced as we gain a view into the minds of the characters.
As a whole this book will keep most readers well entertained. With a continuous flow, it is easy to read nonstop from beginning to end. If, however, you must put it down for a while it isn't hard getting right back into. If at some point you are distracted, chances are you won't get lost. Easy to follow, complex enough for advanced readers, and both informative and entertaining enough to keep almost anyone who likes action hooked I would recommend this book to anyone!
Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been paid or compensated in any way.
Thanks Cameron for the review!