"Tight, entertaining...Wilson lights out for the medical-thriller territory charted by Robin Cook and Michael Chrichton." -- San Francisco Chronicle. "An ingenious major-league thriller that penetrates the unknown of medicine... frightening." -- Clive Cussler "Will paralyze you with excitement!" -- Detroit Free Press.
"The select are 50 carefully chosen members of the entering class at elite Ingraham College of Medicine, which is funded by the Kleederman Foundation, an offshoot of immensely profitable Kleederman Pharmaceuticals. Quinn, Tim, and Matt (three finalists, in ascending order of family wealth) meet at the college while taking the final-hurdle test for admission. The two men are accepted, and the woman, Quinn, is put on the waiting list, but skillful planning painstakingly carried out enables Quinn and Matt to exchange places on the list. Quinn has inherited an alert and flexible mind from her mother, while Tim blends in everywhere and has a photographic mind. All that's needed now for an exciting yarn are suspicions, a security system run by an ex-CIA agent, and a dean of medical education impatient with some of the more annoying FDA regulations. Once these are in place, Wilson's smooth style, increasingly rapid pacing, and bagful of surprises make for an outstanding novel. ~--William Beatty"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Drawing on many years experience as a practicing physician, Wilson wrote this fast-moving thriller under a pseudonym. Only after Morrow won the auction did he reveal himself as the author of 15 previous books, including The Tomb and The Keep . This is a powerful read with a chilling premise about diabolical doctors (and big pharmaceutical companies) that may make a timely entry onto the bestseller lists. The book is neatly divided into two sections, the first recounting the attempts of Quinn Cleary and her friend Tim Brown to get into the country's most exclusive medical school, Ingraham College of Medicine, a tuition-free institution completely subsidized by Kleederman Pharmaceuticals. But there is one strange requirement: only those students who are proven susceptible to subconcious suggestion are admitted. Though Quinn is immune, Tim manages to get her in, and the two slowly discover the secret agenda behind the brainwashing and the grisly truth of the school's research. The main characters are perfectly capable of driving the plot on their own, so the occasional gratuitous event almost seems unnecessary. But that's the only stain on Wilson's story, which is well and believably told, with the suspense mounting relentlessly until the satisfying conclusion. Literary Guild alternate; major ad/promo. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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|| New York :W. Morrow,1994
||1st U.S. ed.
333 pages ; 25 cm