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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 little sanity left in her packed days, and with only the sanctuary of a cramped linen closed to sustain her, Cat is slowly losing her patience and her mind. That is, until an intriguing police detective investigating the brutal beating of a celebrated artist brings a ray of ...
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Mercy

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Overview

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 little sanity left in her packed days, and with only the sanctuary of a cramped linen closed to sustain her, Cat is slowly losing her patience and her mind. That is, until an intriguing police detective investigating the brutal beating of a celebrated artist brings a ray of hope into Cat's frantic and lonely existence. Before romance, however, comes the care of the patients who pull her back from burnout to compassion:
CROSS—the famous young artist whose psychopath boyfriend nearly kills her. He tries again, only to have Catalina get in his way
CORKY—the All American teen from a happy family, except Corky has attempted suicide and will do it again before telling anyone the nightmarish truth behind it
PROFESSOR DEAN—a victim of AIDS whose gentle courage and love of life bring the fight home to Cat
STELLA—95 years old and full of piss and vinegar, but her determination to keep a 45 year old bloody tragedy hidden is slowly beginning to wane
WALKER—A San Francisco bartender and father of the precocious 8 year-old Zoe, is dying from cancer. He refuses to let go until he finds the answers to what his life was all about

A gripping novel of personal and medical drama in a metropolitan hospital--from the author of the acclaimed true-med bestseller Intensive Care. Torn between the demands of care giving and job politics at Mercy Hospital, dedicated nurse Catalina Richardson becomes involved into the shocking, suspenseful lives of five patients.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938439384
  • Publisher: HERON QUILL PRESS
  • Publication date: 2/17/1992
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 359
  • Sales rank: 321,695
  • File size: 517 KB

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