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THE FIRST PROCEDURE: The patient is
perfect. The theory is borne out. But something goes terribly wrong.
An accomplished attorney prepares to argue a life-and-death case
before a Supreme Court nominee hostile to her cause.One of the
country's leading surgeons, a pioneer in organ transplants, answers
an emergency call to assist an operation in progress....And in
a morgue in Washington, D.C., a medical examiner and a police
detective hover over a body found in a parking lot, a body that
has been tampered with....
THE SECOND PROCEDURE: The police are alerted. A pattern is emerging.
Time is running out.
Congressman Jack MacLeod is haunted by an episode that changed
his life forever. Now Jack's life is about to explode again: the
police arrive at his door. Evidence links him to the strange death
of a man who last lived in a halfway house in his New York City
THE THIRD PROCEDURE: Complications terminate it. The risks are
mounting. There's only one alternative.
Suddenly events spin out of control. Backroom deals made by the
most powerful men in the country threaten to destroy Jack's political
future. The secret from Jack's past falls into the hands of a
media savvy opponent who can't wait to use it. And, in the shadows,
a plan, so outrageous and unthinkable it will smash every assumption
about the limits of the human body, is nearing its shocking conclusion.
THE FOURTH PROCEDURE: When it happens, it will make medical history.
And then no man will be safe....
Combining the best elements of explosive courtroom drama and
groundbreaking medical technology with controversial social issues,
The Fourth Procedure explores fundamental questions of life and
death. It takes the reader beyond the boundaries of today's medicine
to an all-too-plausible scenario of a frightening future.
The Fourth Procedure. The most terrifying legal-medical thriller.
"Pottinger lays out his riveting debut on a vast
canvas, topping it off with a brazen plot twist virtually guaranteed
to thrill some readers and appall others but leave no one unmoved."
- Publishers Weekly
"A first-rate thriller that manages to create a multifaceted picture
of the religious, political, legal, and medical issues surrounding
the abortion debate. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal
"Stanley Pottinger's first book is a ferocious, totally absorbing,
nonstop chiller, destined to become the year's most controversial
suspense novel. An absolutely compulsive read. Bravo!"
- William Diehl, author of Primal Fear
The best elements of legal, medical and political
thrillers are combined in this frightening novel. Congressman Jack
MacLeod is haunted by an episode from the past. Now the police have
found evidence linking him to the death of a man in his district.
Jack's life spins out of control as strange medical data starts
showing up in morgues and operating rooms.
A mind-boggling medical thriller to end all medical thrillers.
It may be the most talked about popular fiction of the season.