"As many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in hospitals each year from preventable medical errors. This makes preventable medical errors this country's eighth leading cause of death -- higher than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS." Internationally renowned brain surgeon Allen Wyler's debut novel, Deadly Errors, is an absolutely chilling -- and all-too-plausible -- cautionary tale about the potentially deadly risks associated with hospital stays.
Tyler Matthews is a neurosurgeon on the edge. After fingering his boss for bilking Medicare out of millions of dollars, Matthews was not only fired on trumped-up drug charges but also lost his wife in the fallout. Now, after completing a mandatory drug rehab program, he has landed a job at a Seattle medical center and is trying to start over. But when the doctors and nurses at the hospital -- which is a trial site for an allegedly revolutionary computerized medical records system -- begin making preventable errors that are killing patients, the inquisitive Matthews investigates. When he brings his concerns about the new system to management, he's not only scorned but also threatened. With a committee report on the viability of the system due in a few weeks and tens of millions of dollars at stake for the hospital and the system's investors, Matthews realizes his life is in danger as other potential whistle-blowers turn up dead. Throw in the FBI, international terrorist organizations, and a handful of malicious thugs, and you've got yourself one helluva wild ride!
Deadly Errors is an edge-of-your-seat medical thrill fest of the highest order. Fans of mainstream authors like Michael Palmer, Patricia Cornwell, Tess Gerritsen, and Robin Cook -- as well as hard-core mystery fans -- will not want to miss this one: The doctor is officially IN! Paul Goat Allen