A Perilous Conception
Poisoned Pen Press
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Featuring: Det. Bernie Baumgartner; Joyce Kennett; Dr. Colin Sanford
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery Police Procedural
Itís 1976. Despite fierce international controversy over
whether in vitro fertilization should ever be performed in
humans, doctors around the world race to be first to produce
a baby by this procedure. Dr. Colin Sanford, a brilliant,
ambitious obstetrician in the Pacific Northwest city of
Emerald, has a plan. He recruits Dr. Giselle Hearn, an
experienced laboratory geneticist-embryologist at the
University. Drs. Sanford and Hearn, working secretly, set
out to put their names in history books.
Several months later, Dr. Sanfordís patient, Joyce Kennett,
gives birth to a healthy boy, and Sanford prepares to make
an announcement at a press conference. But before it
convenes, Ms. Kennettís marginally- schizophrenic husband
kills Dr. Hearn and then himself. Police Detective Bernie
Baumgartnerís investigation is hampered by pressure from
influential people at the University who want to control
sensationalism that might harm the institution. Tenacious
Baumgartner suspects more at play...
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