Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
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Class/Genre: Mystery Medical Thriller Amateur Sleuth
Fawcett, Mar 1999, $6.99, 352 pp.
In Buffalo, University hospital and St. Paul's Hospital are in the process of merging some of their departments in order to reduce costs. Dr. Earl Garnett, chief of the emergency room of St. Paul's, is not interested in the swirling politics between the two hospitals. Like his spouse Janet, a University Hospital doctor, Earl only wants to be a healer. However, Earl feels guilty when he discharges a patient, a nurse at University, only to have her return the next day extremely ill.
Janet informs Earl that this is the third nurse to exhibit the same pattern. She feels that the "Phantom", a being no one has seen, has been hurting those medical employees who have been known to mistreat their patients. Janet feels the dormant Phantom is real. When more deaths occur from a strain of a man-made bug, Earl believes his spouse's theory is true. Soon, the hospital faces hysteria, quarantine, and finally mass evacuation due to the Phantom's antics. Earl places his own life on the line to stop an avenging maniac from killing anyone else.
Make room on the medical thriller keeper shelf for a new top gun in Peter Clements. This novel does to hospitals what Jaws did to beaches in the seventies. DEATH ROUNDS is a tension builder, suspense-filled chiller that will provide the audience with much reading pleasure; just do not get sick because the reader will not want to be even an out-patient. The hero is a caring every-person, who requires extraordinary circumstances to turn him into a legendary figure. Mr. Clements needs to provide fans with more novels starring that gem of a doctor, Earl Garnett.
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