Code Crisis

Code Crisis

by Joe Purpura
Code Crisis

Code Crisis

by Joe Purpura


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This fast-paced thriller that follows a lonely gynecologist who risks everything for love and his country will engage you until its final, explosive scene.

Dr. Vince DeLuca would normally take a Tito’s straight up with two olives after a ruptured ectopic pregnancy nearly flatlined a patient. Maybe follow it up with a one-night stand to chase away memories of the trauma that’s kept his life stagnant for so long.
     But when he overhears one of his recovering patients—married to the CEO of a defense contractor—mumbling about “stingers,” “revenge,” and her affair with a mysterious man named Salaam, Vince’s PTSD alights. Sure, it could just be the ramblings of a woman on too much morphine, or she could be talking about the missing anti‑aircraft weapons he read about and a highly sought-after terrorist.
     Vince decides to leave it to the FBI, not suspecting that they would send him Carolyn, a drop-dead gorgeous, slightly insane CIA agent who needs his help. Vince is soon thrown into the fray and finds himself both utterly in love and using everything he ever learned in his medical career—including how to clamp a subclavian artery with a zip tie—to help home in on the terrorists’ plot, but not before they discover him and come looking for blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798886450132
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 04/18/2023
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 542,475
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joseph Purpura, MD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist, patient safety expert, and award-winning faculty member at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA. This is his first novel.

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“An exquisitely developed and propulsive novel that delivers high tension, humor, and magnetic characters in equal measure. Code Crisis is not only an addictive read, it shines with the authenticity of the author’s insights into medicine, criminality, and the emotions that make us human.”
—T.C. Boyle, author of I Walk Between the Raindrops (2022) and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner World’s End (1987)

“Joe Purpura’s stunning debut features Vince DeLuca, a doctor battling loss and burn out who stumbles onto a sinister plot revealed when his patient mumbles details under anesthesia. Purpura, an MD by training, weaves action and gritty tradecraft but never loses sight of DeLuca’s humanity and the result is a novel that’s impossible to put down.”
—Jamie Freveletti, award-winning author of the Emma Caldridge series and Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal

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