by Echo Heron

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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 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

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ISBN-13: 9781938439384
Publication date: 02/17/1992
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 359
Sales rank: 375,483
File size: 528 KB

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Mercy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel centers around Catalina Richardson, a nurse approaching burnout after 20 years, and the lives of five of her patients. Two are dying, two need to put their lives back together, and one has been dumped at the hospital more for a lack of anywhere else to go than for any real medical need. The stories chronicle the attempts by the nurse, patients and their loved ones, separately and together, to cope with their situations. Catalina needs to decide if she can continue as a nurse. In addition, she is reluctantly accepting mentoring in psychic powers from a newsdealer operating a stand in the hospital lobby. One of her patients is the victim of a brutal attack, and Cat becomes very involved in her life, and acquires a romantic interest in the detective investigating the crime. I found the book involving, once I had gotten into the lives of the various characters. There are a lot of life-and-death issues to ponder, and I plan to read the remaining books in the series. The book and the characters may seem a little crude at times, but I think that goes with dealing so intimately with the ailing human body.