>> Saturday, August 11, 2007
Challenges: Medical Mystery Challenge #3, Summer Mystery Reading Challenge #5
I enjoyed this first novel by Joshua Spanogle.
From the back cover:
Dr. Nathaniel McCormick had never seen anything like it before: three female patients, all residents of Baltimore’s group homes for the mentally impaired, their bodies racked by a baffling and unstoppable virus. As a young investigator from the Centers for Disease Control, Nate’s job is to peer into the lives and habits of the victims . . . and what he finds chills him to the very bone. Teaming up with an old colleague and former lover, Nate follows a twisting trail of clues to an unimaginable discovery. And as a circle of treachery tightens around him, he is about to confront the most chilling revelation of all – and a past he himself has been desperately trying to escape.
Nate is both likeable and unlikeable all at the same time – he probably describes himself well in this quote:
Not to be arrogant, but I’m a smart guy, I understand how the human body works, I understand the way microbes attack it, I’m even beginning to understand how bugs work their way through a population. But people, I do not understand. Their motivations and hidden agendas. The events of that day and the days following would show me just how severe a liability that is.