Their bloodline is a dangerous mystery. Their secret is a shocking truth.
There's something strange about the small, mountain town of Artisan, Arkansas.
When hematologist Dr. Carl Martin is called into a Little Rock emergency room, not even his expertise can save Benjamin Rasco from bleeding to death. But why did the man die? His condition shouldn't have been fatal. And no one should have such bizarre red blood cells.
Hoping to uncover a reason for the medical mystery, Carl travels to Rasco's hometown, an isolated, religious community nestled deep in the Arkansas Mountains. Instead of answers, however, Carl's faced with more questions--and a mysterious woman who stows away in his car.
Sheltered Beth Corbin only wants to see the world for a few days before returning to Artisan, where the town leaders discourage mixing with the outside world. But after talking with Carl, Beth becomes increasingly distrustful of those leaders, and the suspicions she's been harboring about the town become too intense to ignore. Together, Carl and Beth uncover an astounding medical conspiracy that not only affects all the residents of Artisan, but shatters every belief Carl ever held about himself.
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The Blood Betrayal by Don Donaldson One of the best medical thrillers I’ve read. Compares easily to Robin Cook (I thought of Coma immediately), Tess Gerritsen, Michael Crichton; it is lighter reading than Patricia Cornwall and Stephen King. The medical setting hits hard in the first chapter where Dr. Carl Corbin is faced with a patient who has a bizarre blood disorder he cannot cure. He is a physician with a specialty in cutting edge hematology research. Devastated by the patient’s death he sets out to find answers. First twist in chapter two: a weird “cult” town; then a stowaway from the town is in his car as he heads for home. Beautiful Beth has questions of her own, and the mystery deepens when Dr. Corbin finds out she has the same blood anomaly as the person who died. Together they set out to find answers to this mystery. Danger and intrigue follow as the two set out on their quest. They are remarkably fortuitous as they save themselves time and time again following leads to solve their mystery. Each leg of their adventure has a predicament that is more dangerous, and eventually leads to a betrayal that is most alarming. The title fits the book perfectly. There are more twists and turns in this book than you might find on a steep mountain road. It seemed every three or four chapters the hook reseated itself in me and I could not stop reading. This continued throughout the book to an astonishing ending. I have read several of Dr. Donaldson’s books with Andy and Kit, a CSI series set in Louisiana. He sent me a copy of this book to read and write a review. I am pleased to say I will be reading the rest of his medical thrillers as well. He writes clearly and knows his topics. Thank you Diane