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Charlatans
2017
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  Library Journal Review

Cook's (Coma; Host) timely, medical thriller addresses the extensive practice of concurrent/overlapping surgeries. Noah Rothauser has just been appointed the chief surgical resident at Boston Memorial Hospital, a leading teaching facility. William Mason, an egotistical superstar surgeon, performs a routine operation on the hospital's popular director of parking operations, while his surgical team preps two additional patients in adjacent operating rooms. However, the parking director dies during surgery. The notoriously vindictive Dr. Mason scapegoats anesthesiologist Ava London, but as Rothhauser investigates, he uncovers bitter feuds among the surgical staff, Mason's tampering with patient records, and London's reliance on numerous online personae to hide her multiple personality disorder. Two additional anesthesia-related deaths occur. Which doctor is to blame? Verdict While the controversial issue of concurrent surgeries makes for a fascinating premise for a thriller, Cook disappointingly uses it as a backdrop for a cleverly written, circuitous plot in which he promotes an increased recognition and use of social media platforms as more effective modes for medical education and certification. [See Prepub Alert, 2/20/17.]-Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Dr. Noah Rothauser, the lead of this suspenseful medical thriller from bestseller Cook (Host), is thrilled to become the chief resident at Boston Memorial, one of the country's preeminent teaching hospitals. The one cloud on the horizon is the recent death, during surgery, of popular employee Bruce Vincent, who was in charge of the hospital's parking division. Boston Memorial's prima donna surgeon, William Mason, performed the surgery on Vincent at the same time as he was conducting other operations, a practice known as concurrent surgeries. To shield himself from attack, Mason insists that Noah focus the hospital's review of what led to Vincent's death on the anesthesiologist. Despite Mason's threat that disregarding his wishes will affect Noah's career, the younger doctor pursues the truth, even as two shadowy hit men build a body count in a subplot whose relevance emerges in tantalizing increments. While most readers will be a step ahead of the sometimes naive Noah, everyone will be rooting for this sympathetic character. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorNewly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped. The famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" -- an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error results in the death of a healthy man. With his job and credibility in jeopardy, Noah must decide who is at fault.
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