Palmer follows his successful medical thriller, Extreme Measures (Bantam, 1991) with this well-written and intelligent novel, which implicates holistic healing in the hemorrhaging of three pregnant women, two of whom bleed to death during labor. Sarah Baldwin, a trusted ob/gyn resident whose herbal vitamins are the common link in the tragedies, suddenly must save her reputation and possibly her life. A researcher for the Center for Disease Control and an inexperienced lawyer both believe there is another, more deadly reason and are ready to help. Palmer uses medical dialog to submerge readers in the race to save other pregnant women still at risk and to combat the greed of treacherous medical killers. Surprises and action make for an excellent read; the climax is both plausible and frightening. The characters are all pleasingly real: Baldwin is a sympathetic heroine, and her colleague Rosa Suarez is even better. For most collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.-- Ralph DeLucia, Willoughby Wallace Lib., Branford, Ct.
YA-Several deaths occur from definitely unnatural causes in this fast-paced medical thriller that features genetic engineering of a recombinant DNA virus and alternative, nontraditional healing methods. In the final stages of labor, a woman suddenly screams at the pain in her fingers and hands, blood gushes from her nose and mouth, and then she dies. The third time this happens, the common thread points to obstetrician Sarah Baldwin and the herbal vitamin supplements she has prescribed for expectant mothers. Sarah's reputation, her hard work, and her future are in jeopardy unless she and her inexperienced lawyer can prove her innocence. Palmer captures the hospital environment of medicine, politics, community involvement, and relationship with the drug industry. Although slightly overlong, with several plot twists too many, this exciting page-turner will appeal to fans of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton.-Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
"Reinvents the medical thriller."-Library Journal