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A stunning blockbuster of a novel that combines the terror of modern medicine run amok - in the manner of Robin Cook - with the gripping suspense of John Grisham's The Firm. Quinn Cleary has always wanted to be a doctor. Yet the only way she can afford it is to win acceptance to The Ingraham, an exclusive, privately funded medical school and research center reputed to be the nation's finest. The few select students chosen by The Ingraham receive a completely free medical education: tuition, room, board, and lab fees all paid by the school. Once accepted to the school of her dreams, Quinn dives into her studies and into a steady relationship with a classmate. At last, her life seems perfect. Or is it? Quinn begins to notice subtle changes in her classmates: the way they act, the way they think - all seem to be falling eerily into line with the messianic vision of the school's director. She confides her concerns to her boyfriend, who laughs them off - until he finds a suspicious electronic monitoring device in his room. Then he disappears. ...Alone on the deserted campus during midyear break, Quinn Finally encounters the dark truth about The Ingraham - the true purpose of the institute's seemingly humane medical research, the motives that have determined the school's policy, and the secret mission of the hospital's intimidating security force, a small private army that is drawing an ever tighter net around her with each passing minute. What she discovers is immense and terrifying - a conspiracy that exposes her to a danger more frightening than death - a cynical plot that undermines everything she has ever believed about the healing arts. This is suspense fiction at its grandest: instantly and relentlessly compelling, and touching directly on an issue that heads the list of our national and personal priorities.

Quinn Cleary is smart, idealistic and poor. She's been accepted at The Ingraham, a prestigious medical school, where a select few receive the finest education free of charge. But something is terribly wrong at The Ingraham. Quinn notices subtle changes in the bright, hand-picked students. Then she stumbles upon the silent, staring patients in locked Ward C.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drawing on many years experience as a practicing physician, Wilson wrote this fast-moving thriller under a pseudonym. Only after Morrow won the auction did he reveal himself as the author of 15 previous books, including The Tomb and The Keep . This is a powerful read with a chilling premise about diabolical doctors (and big pharmaceutical companies) that may make a timely entry onto the bestseller lists. The book is neatly divided into two sections, the first recounting the attempts of Quinn Cleary and her friend Tim Brown to get into the country's most exclusive medical school, Ingraham College of Medicine, a tuition-free institution completely subsidized by Kleederman Pharmaceuticals. But there is one strange requirement: only those students who are proven susceptible to subconcious suggestion are admitted. Though Quinn is immune, Tim manages to get her in, and the two slowly discover the secret agenda behind the brainwashing and the grisly truth of the school's research. The main characters are perfectly capable of driving the plot on their own, so the occasional gratuitous event almost seems unnecessary. But that's the only stain on Wilson's story, which is well and believably told, with the suspense mounting relentlessly until the satisfying conclusion. Literary Guild alternate; major ad/promo. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The Firm goes to medical school in this first novel. ``The Select'' are the 50 students who will be granted admission to the Ingraham College of Medicine, which is entirely funded by the Kleederman Foundation and completely subsidizes the lucky 50. Of course, there are many stringent rules, and perhaps the school is a little too concerned with the more confidential aspects of the students' lives. One of this year's finest prospects is Tim Brown, an aviator shades-wearing party animal who uses his eidetic memory to count cards at the blackjack table when he is not acing medical school exams. Tim helps the beautiful Quinn Cleary gain admittance by a small scam--it seems Ingraham isn't all that keen on women doctors. Together they discover that all is not what it seems in this ``24-karat medical school.'' Predictable, but it should prove very popular in most libraries.-- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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YA-Coming from a farm family of modest income, Quinn Cleary can only go to medical school if she is accepted by The Ingraham, whose program is so exclusive that application is by invitation only and all expenses are absorbed. She is crushed by her rejection but some quick and devious action on the part of her friends gets her enrolled. Quinn finds the education almost too good to be true until she notices subtle changes in her classmates, a common line of opinion, and a mysterious ``Ward C.'' Could it be that the medical students are being brainwashed? Could the school's administration be frustrated with tedious and lengthy FDA regulations and be experimenting on humans? As Quinn tackles the mystery, she puts her own life in danger as her discoveries threaten to topple a pharmaceutical empire. A suspenseful medical thriller so believable it could almost pass as nonfiction.-Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568951126
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 459
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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    Predictable but good. Unique story line. Nice F Paul Wilson 'stand alone' book.

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