Mercy

Mercy

by Echo Heron
     
 

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Catalina Richardson is both dedicated nurse and off-beat black sheep of Mercy Hospital where, in the chaos of the infamous Ward Two, she is torn between the demands of being a nurturing caregiver and being choked by hospital politics. With with only the sanctuary of a cramped linen closed to sustain her, Cat is drawn into the complicated and traumatic lives of 5 of… See more details below

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Catalina Richardson is both dedicated nurse and off-beat black sheep of Mercy Hospital where, in the chaos of the infamous Ward Two, she is torn between the demands of being a nurturing caregiver and being choked by hospital politics. With with only the sanctuary of a cramped linen closed to sustain her, Cat is drawn into the complicated and traumatic lives of 5 of her patients and their visitors—one of whom just may prove deadly. With only Gage, the blind visionary, and Detective David Padcula to protect her, Cat is on her own when she comes face-to-face with a psychotic killer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Heron, a nurse and author of the nonfiction bestseller Intensive Care , cobbles together a lumpy, unevenly written novel from disparate elements of New Age mysticism, creepy thrillers and standard romantic yarns. Red-haired heroine Cat Richardson is a deliberately daffy, self-confessed ``Sister of Masochism''--a nurse, that is--at San Francisco's Mercy Hospital, where she gives her superiors plenty of grief and her patients enormous support. Entrusted to her care are Corky, a suicidal adolescent, and Lucy Cross, a gifted artist viciously beaten by her boyfriend, a tormented male model. A blind newsseller named Gage who possesses ``the sight'' knows that Cat has power she isn't tapping. As her spiritual guide, Gage eggs her on toward danger and romance with the cop investigating the Cross case. (``You wear the haunted look of someone who has stared the beast in the face and survived,'' that swain observes.) There's a creative, rough-edged charm to the cheerfully obscene repartee between Cat and best friend Nora, but the heavy-handed psychological motives fueling the action owe a lot to bestsellers from the thriving recovery industry. BOMC alternate. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This oddly intriguing combination of nurse and detective story becomes more engrossing as it gains momentum. Cat Richardson lives a nurse's usual life--she's underpaid, overworked, and unappreciated by the hospital administration and the doctors. The story takes place over the course of a week when Cat's patients include an AIDS victim, a teenager who has attempted suicide, and a famous artist whose psychopathic lover has beaten her severely and may be coming back to finish the job. Detective Padcula's intervention is the catalyst that sets everything in motion as Cat's involvement with her patients brings on the final confrontation. The raw, gritty atmosphere of a hospital is well captured here by its author, a former nurse. She makes the reader think about death and the people who deal with it on a daily basis. BOMC alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.--Marilyn Jordan, Keiser Coll. Lib., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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ISBN-13:
9781938439384
Publisher:
HERON QUILL PRESS
Publication date:
02/17/1992
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
359
Sales rank:
485,804
File size:
1 MB

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