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Patrick Lazerenko, a doctor and groundbreaking neuroscience researcher, has parlayed his life's work into a multimillion-dollar consulting firm. And yet, on the cusp of a new marketing campaign for his largest client, he heads to the Hague to attend the war crimes trial of his mentor, Hernan García, a former doctor implicated in a campaign of torture and interrogation in Honduras.
Lazerenko first met Hernan long after he'd given up his medical practice and moved to Canada, where the Garcías ran a successful greengrocery. To Lazerenko, Hernan was a good man, a man of compassion and encouragement. Is it possible to reconcile that man with the emerging portrait of García, the terrible doctor who aided and abetted the torture of thousands? Why does Hernan remain silent? And if Lazerenko can use his science to exonerate him, should he? Conflicted by his questions and desires, Lazerenko tries to penetrate García's heart and mind to better understand him.
At a time when Americans debate the use of wartime torture comes a timely novel to ask the question: How is it that good people are complicit in evil acts? García's Heart is an astounding psychological thriller about moral responsibility and the human capacity for both denial and forgiveness. (Spring 2008 Selection)