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Dr. Alex Blake traces the rise of a deadly new pandemic in a thriller “as timely as today’s headlines” from the author of The Silent Assassin (SeattlePI.com).
While working on the gene sequence of a tropical disease at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Dr. Alexandra Blake gets drawn into a medical mystery. The sudden death of an undercover DEA agent during a stakeout in New Mexico is seemingly the result of a cocaine overdose. But to Alex the agent’s horrific symptoms look more like an allergic reaction. Within hours, Alex discovers similar cases and begins to fear the worse: a new epidemic is spreading across the southwestern United States.
As Alex fights to have her suspicions taken seriously, the body count rises and fear and panic take hold. While the virus turns a person’s own immune system against itself, a turbulent political landscape has Americans turning against one another. With the help of a reckless DEA agent and a cutting-edge supercomputer, Alex must discover the origin of the outbreak—be it in nature or the mind of a madman . . .
This edition features a Reading Group Guide.
“Andrews’s exciting third helix-twister to feature Dr. Alex Blake . . . spikes the chills with a talking DNA computer named Sam and insights into hot-button Native American issues.” —Publishers Weekly
“The scenario is chilling and the expertise is undeniable.” —Booklist
“Strong characters and fascinating scientific details.” —Kirkus Reviews
At the start of Andrews's exciting third helix-twister to feature Dr. Alex Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (after The Silent Assassin), DEA agent Ted Silliman suddenly dies in Taos, N.Mex., during a date rape drug investigation. Ted's partner, agent Castro Baxter, disputes the cocaine overdose diagnosis, while Alex suspects a violent hyperimmune response. When Castro and Alex join forces to find answers, they find a connection to a Taos public square fountain, and Alex later learns eight similar deaths occurred locally on the same night. As the death toll climbs, she's determined to stop a potentially serious epidemic. So why does Homeland Security's head, Martin Kincade, oppose her? And could Red Rights, a radical Native American group, be responsible? Andrews, a real-life authority on genetics (The Clone Age), spikes the chills with a talking DNA computer named Sam and insights into hot-button Native American issues.