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The Fifth Vial

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The Fifth Vial

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
8351
publisher:
St. Martin's Press
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B

Remember that urban legend about a guy who wakes up in a bathtub filled with ice and discovers that someone’s stolen his kidney? Michael Palmer’s thriller The Fifth Vial runs with the myth. Dr. Natalie Reyes falls victim to a seemingly random attack in Rio de Janeiro that leaves her missing a lung and searching for answers; meanwhile, Chicago private detective Ben Callahan tracks a medical conglomerate kidnapping people to harvest their organs for recipients who ”best serve mankind.” The dual story lines meander a bit before the final showdown, but Palmer’s black-market bogeymen offer a terrifying vision of the Hippocratic oath gone very wrong. B

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