How far can one stretch the Hippocratic Oath in the search
for medical miracles? Patient-doctor ethics can go from
distinct to blurry in an instant. In a blink, oncologist
Dr. Allan Parker goes from a passionate "Sisyphus" in the
constant war against cancer to a man confronted by the
mythical magic bullet of a cure for all cancer.
When the potential cure is located in the blood of a
solitary boy, ethical distinctions and medical research
protocol can seem like stumbling blocks. Taylor Peterson,
source of the possibly miraculous blood, feels alternately
like he is being hounded by vampires and as though his very
existence is up for grabs by the highest bidder...whether
he likes it or not.
Long-time fans of Neiderman will thrill to THE MAGIC BULLET
as he continues in his decades-long tradition as an expert
weaver of suspense. As well as crafting a riveting tale
about the medical "what if" of a cure for cancer, Neiderman
also provides authentic tribute to the potential ethical
questions of those embroiled in the situation. His
characters are multi-faceted and rich; even seemingly stock
characters have depth and layers within their machinations.
THE MAGIC BULLET is well-worth the time, particularly for
readers who enjoy medical thrillers.
Dr. Allan Parker has been working toward this day for most
of his professional life. Finally, he may have found the
Magic Bullet the world has been waiting for all these years
- the cure for cancer. There is something in the blood of
fifteen-year-old Taylor Peterson that causes immediate
remission in cancer patients. But there's only so much
blood in Taylor's body, and so many desperate people.
One of the most desperate is Frankei Longo, a mobster who
faces a death sentence for which there is no reprieve -
terminal, inoperable cancer. But with time running out,
he's learned of one last hope. Now he'll stop at nothing,
including kidnapping and murder, to get his hands on
Taylor's precious blood. Caught in a deadly chase with only
Dr. Parker to help him, Taylor will have to fight to save
his own life... and millions of others.