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Wendell Black, MD: A Novel
     

Wendell Black, MD: A Novel

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by Gerald, M.D. Imber M.D.
 

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A New York City police surgeon finds himself in the middle of an international drug-smuggling ring—or is it an even more dangerous conspiracy?

After a heart-thumping drop in altitude on a flight from London to New York, NYPD police surgeon Wendell Black is called on to try to save a woman who has gone into cardiac arrest. He's just carrying out his duty

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A New York City police surgeon finds himself in the middle of an international drug-smuggling ring—or is it an even more dangerous conspiracy?

After a heart-thumping drop in altitude on a flight from London to New York, NYPD police surgeon Wendell Black is called on to try to save a woman who has gone into cardiac arrest. He's just carrying out his duty, but his aid places him at the center of an international drug-smuggling investigation.

As Black, and his English girlfriend, Alice—a knockout beauty and a surgeon to boot—digs deeper into the activities of the drug ring, he begins to suspect that a number of British doctors are involved. And when one of Alice's colleagues is brutally murdered and Alice suddenly disappears, the NYPD starts looking to Black for answers. His search peels away rings of conspiracy that expose a shocking threat to the nation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Wendell Black, a middle-aged police surgeon for the NYPD, evolves into an action hero reminiscent of John McClane, Bruce Willis’s character in the Die Hard series, in plastic surgeon Imber’s well-written first novel. Wendell has a fairly routine work schedule, spending mornings supervising sick call, to assess which cops are actually ill and should be excused from their duties. Drama enters his life on a flight from England to New York. When a middle-aged woman loses consciousness on the plane, the purser asks Wendell to provide medical assistance, but he is unable to save her. A surprise during the subsequent autopsy proves to be just the first of a series of alarming events. The deceased ends up having a connection with a friend of Black’s love interest, fellow doctor Alice Sheppard, who soon disappears. As the stakes increase, the story becomes less plausible, and the book delivers less than it promises. (Feb.)
Booklist
“Imber’s debut is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists, and the author shows a deft hand at including just the right medical details. Imber is a well-known New York City plastic surgeon with several beauty books to his credit.”
Mary Karr
“Gerald Imber’s kickass new thriller will keep you turning pages into the night—this year’s must-read detective novel.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062246868
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,299,764
File size:
560 KB

Meet the Author

Gerald Imber, MD, is a plastic surgeon. He directs a private clinic in Manhattan, is on the staff of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Imber is the author of The Youth Corridor and several other beauty books, as well as Genius on the Edge, the biography of pioneering surgeon W. S. Halsted.

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Wendell Black, MD 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Keara More than 1 year ago
I had a very hard time reading this book and I think the only reason I actually stuck with it was the fact that I take my obligation seriously.  When I joined the group and agreed to read books to review them I believe that's what you have to do, so I read the whole book. This book was very lengthy and not out of necessity, it seemed to me that there were a lot of words and unnecessary descriptions of things just fill up pages. The premise of the book sounded good and the first 2-3 chapters were interesting but then the book just floated off into the relationship between the two doctors.  There were a few characters trown in to shake up the mix and I didn't guess the ending until the next to last chapter.   I'd say the book got interesting around the third chapter from the ending.  Kind of to little, to late.  If it hadn't been that I was to review the book I would have stopped reading it by the end of the fourth chapter.  It actually took me over two weeks to read it which is very unusual for me as I usually read two to three books a week. This is the first book by Gerald Imber MD that I've ever read and I wouldn't read another even if it was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book exciting and the author clearly has the experience to make it authentic in its details. I hope that he will write more books.