In this classic medical thriller filled with harrowing suspense and brilliantly crafted plot twists, Tess Gerritsenâ€”the author of the acclaimed Rizzoli & Isles series that inspired the hit television showâ€”delivers a pulse-pounding tale that â€świll make your heart skip a beatâ€ť (USA TODAY).
For Dr. Abby DiMatteo, the long road to Bostonâ€™s Bayside Hospital has been anything but easy. Now, immersed in the grinding fatigue of her second year as a surgical resident, sheâ€™s elated when the hospitalâ€™s elite cardiac transplant team taps her as a potential recruit.
But Abby soon makes an anguished, crucial decision that jeopardizes her entire career. A car crash victimâ€™s healthy heart is ready to be harvested; it is immediately cross-matched to a wealthy private patient, Nina Voss. Abby hatches a bold plan to make sure that the transplant goes instead to a dying seventeen-year-old boy who is also a perfect match.
The repercussions are powerful and swift and Abby is shaken but unrepentantâ€”until she meets the frail, tormented Nina. Then a new heart for Nina Voss suddenly appears, her transplant is completed, and Abby makes a terrible discovery: Ninaâ€™s heart has not come through the proper channels.
Defying Bayside Hospitalâ€™s demands for silence, Abby plunges into an investigation that reveals an intricate, and murderous, chain of deceptions. Every move Abby makes spawns a vicious backlash and, in a ship anchored in the stagnant waters of Boston Harbor, a final, grisly discovery lies waitingâ€¦