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Burned-out critical care nurse Kate Manion wakes up from an accident in the worst possible place--the hospital where she works. Then her very own nurse, Attila the Buns, falls over dead, but its no laughing matter. A serial killer is stalking the hospital staff, and one of Kate's friends may be the murderer.
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Burned-out critical care nurse Kate Manion wakes up from an accident in the worst possible place--the hospital where she works. Then her very own nurse, Attila the Buns, falls over dead, but its no laughing matter. A serial killer is stalking the hospital staff, and one of Kate's friends may be the murderer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061042751
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Dreyer spent sixteen years as a trauma nurse before she turned to writing. She is trained in forensic nursing and death investigation and graduated from the Tactical EMS School at Camp Ripley in Minnesota. An Anthony Award nominee, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.

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First Chapter

Nothing Personal

Chapter One

She didn't mean to do it. After all, Kate knew better than most people how badly nurses are needed. Even bad nurses. And her nurse was certainly a bad nurse. But by the time the woman met her fate, Kate wasn't in any shape to think clearly at all. In fact, by then Kate was so bruised and battered, not just by the accident but by her stay in intensive care, that she wasn't sure she wasn't already dead. She wasn't sure of anything except that she wanted out.

She didn't exactly wake up in the unit. She became aware, in a series of fits and starts, as if the breakers were being thrown on each of her senses and the janitor in charge couldn't figure out how to get them all going again at once.

First there was pain, waves of it, bathing her like one of those hot lights at McDonald's, so that if her body had been a hamburger she would have been a meat briquette. Pain: her head, her chest, her legs; pounding, swirling; sometimes constant, sometimes a red tide that broke over her and then receded.

It rode in and out on sounds. Familiar sounds, noises she knew somehow and hated. Noises that made her want to scream more than the pain.

"Her ICP's up again, Fran," she heard somebody snap. "Don't you think you'd better call the Bagel Man?"

Bagels? Did she want bagels? Kate couldn't remember. She couldn't remember anything but how badly she hurt, how she wanted to get away. How she couldn't move, except she seemed to be doing it against her own volition, turning one way and then another, her joints screaming in protest, the noises following her wherever she went.

"Almost finished," another voice answered, a voice that tapped some instinctive button in Kate. Something unpleasant. She hated that voice. She wanted it to go away and let her sleep. Somewhere deep in the ooze she'd once called a brain, she wondered why she knew this and nothing more.

Then it came to her that suddenly she could see. And she knew her ICP was going to hit the roof, because she realized what everything else meant.

Acoustic tile. The spidery arms of machinery, IV tubing snaking down from half a dozen plump clear bags and one smaller red one. Labels and tubes and a television turned to Wheel of Fortune. Banks of monitors and stock carts piled to the brim. White-coated figures scurrying around in a kind of weird, aimless dance choreographed to the tune of endless ventilator alarms.

She was in the hospital. Her hospital. She was a nurse, she remembered, this was the ICU, and she hated this place. She hated working here. She hated all the damned beeping noises, the same ones that followed her to sleep, even on a good day. Phones and monitors and ventilators and pagers. Endless, annoying, insistent, just like now. She hated the smell, that cloud of unwashed body, unbrushed teeth, and disinfectant.

She was paralyzed. She couldn't move, couldn't talk, couldn't breathe. Somehow, she was awake, her eyes open, and even without her help she was breathing through a tube hooked up to a machine.

That wasn't possible.

She must be dreaming. That was it. Nobody would have done this to her. You can't just intubate a conscious person and put her on a ventilator. And yet she felt tape stretching the skin of her face. She felt the plastic tube against her teeth. She felt the air rush in as the square beast squatting by the bed clicked and whirred.

Why? Was she being punished? Had she mouthed off to the wrong person and been caught by a new disciplinary policy she hadn't heard about? Or was it worse? Could she have died somehow and was being made to pay for her sins?

For the way you've talked about my gomers, Kate Manion, I sentence you to an eternity on a ventilator.

No, no, no! She'd never meant it. It wasn't as if she'd hurt anybody. But a person could take care of only so many gomers and not go crazy. Patients never getting better …

Nothing Personal. Copyright © by Eileen Dreyer. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Lookin gfor a great read? Look no farther!!

    The novel "Nothing Personal" written by Eileen Dreyer, is a fictional story based on a woman named Kate Manion who wakes up very unhappily in her own ICU after a horrific car accident had taken place. She is then stuck with a nurse going by the name AAttila, whom she absolutly hates. She dislikes AAttila so badly, that she decides to murder her. Kate is not exactly overjoyed with the fact that she is in the hospital, so because frustration sets in, she is not a very happy woman, therefore, gets into a lot of arguments with fellow patients, nurses, and doctors, so the name Kate Manion just spells the word "suspicion." This novel was a great read because it was one of those books where you just can't put it down without knowing what happens next!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    After reading IF LOOKS COULD KILL I was compelled to try another

    After reading IF LOOKS COULD KILL I was compelled to try another book from the same author and I was not disapointed. The characters were deep, the plot was thick and I never saw the ending coming!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    I'd recommend this as a good story

    This story has a good plot that keeps you guessing who is responsible for the murders.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Good read

    Author certainly must know what being addicted to one's own adreneline must feel like, intense hospital work does that to a body. But some of the characters do things that even the worst of the worst hospitals would find difficult to ignore. Plus the author needs to brush up on HIPPA.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    I never read this book

    Jk its a good book with an ok plot

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Good read!

    Enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    This book was very entertaining. It kept you in suspense until t

    This book was very entertaining. It kept you in suspense until the very end.  A book you could not put down.
    Kate used humor to avoid the sadness in the ER.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Suspenseful and Amusing at the same Time

    Kate is a nurse at a St. Louis hospital, who sees death and pain all around her--and lately, among her fellow hospital workers. She herself becomes a patient there--not an envious place to be. Who is going around killing employees? Her good friend, Tim, a gay doctor appears to have hung himself, but that is not right. Can she figure this out before she or BJ die? I would recommend this for a book group--other than murder, there isn't much of anything objectionable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Very suspenseful. Did not want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Great mystery, love the twist andturns of the plot.

    Really enjoyed the book. A good read with exciting mobing pace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Poorly written

    This novel was poorly written, including overused and mundane dialogue.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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