book review: Wendell Black, MD

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Wendell Black, MD by Gerald Imber. Publisher: Bourbon Street Books (February 2014). Mystery/thriller. Paperback. 412 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-224685-1.

A potential new terrorist plot or a drug-smuggling ring? That’s at the heart of this intriguing medical/police thriller by Gerald Imber. It starts when our main character, police surgeon Wendell Black, finds himself in the midst of a crisis on board a flight from London to New York. The passenger dies and Black’s ensnared into a strange ring involving his on-and-off lover, a plastic surgeon, and some suspicious goings on in the air. Are terrorists going to release anthrax or some other deadly toxin through breast implants via international flights or has Dr. Black merely stumbled upon an international drug cartel? A thriller series about a police surgeon intrigues me. Imber does well describing New York neighborhoods but sometimes sounds like he’s writing for the tourist. I liked the way he explains the NYPD/FBI delineations: “The relationship between the federal agencies—particularly the FBI- and the NYPD has always been “town-gown,” the NYPD being the local yokels. Special agents are college-educated, well-dressed, and well-funded, and have an extremely high opinion of themselves.” Tons of material and potential. However, this novel runs too long and drags down at times.

RATING: ***/5

–review by Amy Steele

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for review from Harper Collins.

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