New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author
Winner of the Florida Book Award
Winner of the USA Best Book Award
After a Fall on the Ice and the End of her Surgical Career, Laura Nelson Lands in the Halls of the FDA and the Inner Sanctum of Iraq's Bioweapon Program
A tragic accident ends Laura Nelson's career as a surgeon. After accepting a position as Vice President for Research in a large pharmaceutical company, Laura works to finalize the imminent approval of the company's groundbreaking new drug.
But Jake Harter, a malicious Food and Drug Administration employee, cannot let that happen. He is obsessed with Adawia Abdul, the beautiful Iraqi scientist who discovered the drug. As soon as the drug is approved, Adawia will collect a substantial bonus and reluctantly return to replace her dying father, the lead scientist in Saddam Hussein's bioweapon program.
As Hussein's henchmen apply brutal pressure to assure Dr. Abdul's speedy return to Iraq, Harter uses his influence to stall the drug's approval. If Laura gets in his way, he will eliminate her as he has her predecessor and his own wife.
Perfect for fans of Robin Cook and Tess Gerritsen
While all of the novels in the Laura Nelson Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Shadow of Death
Weapon of Choice
After the Fall
Dr. Laura Nelson, chief of surgery at Tampa City Hospital (Fla.), reluctantly seeks a new career after suffering a serious hand injury in Gussin's superior fourth and final series thriller (after 2012's Weapons of Choice), set a year after the Gulf War. Laura agrees to become an executive at Keystone Pharma, a company about to release a wonderful new drug, Immunone, for which she helped organize the clinical trials. Meanwhile, FDA project manager Jake Harter is desperate to keep Immunone from being approved, for his own nefarious reasons. Jake is also willing to hide vital data and commit murder to keep his lover, Iraqi researcher Adawia Abdul, from leaving the U.S. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein's minions are pressuring Adawia to return home so that she can create bioweapons. Gussin deftly resolves the various plotlines at the climax. Along the way, she vividly depicts her characters' interior lives, especially Jake's slide into monomania as he collides with the determined, clear-headed Laura.