Dr. Earl Garnet encounters a deadly bacteria at University Hospital—one that is killing victims who are in some way connected. A nurse dies horrifically and Dr. Garnet’s own wife is gravely ill. While the surrounding community panics, the staff is quarantined—most likely with the sociopath who has masterminded the super-resistant strain and who promises to infect fifty more people immediately. Medical Thriller by Peter Clement; originally published by Fawcett
Dr. Earl Garnet, St. Paul Hospital's ER chief, is accused of a tragic oversight after a nurse, initially complaining of flulike symptoms, mysteriously dies while under his care. Garnet suspects the cause is a "superbug," a lethal mix of Legionella and staph, resistant to antibiotics. Panic sets in as the number of cases rises, and soon the hospital is placed under quarantine and overrun by police, the media and the National Guard, which leaves Garnet little time to search for a common link among the victims. However, Garnet's wife, an obstetrician at nearby University Hospital, has a hunch that the deaths may be the work of "The Phantom," someone rumored to deliberately infect hospital employees known for their unkind treatment of patients. Clement's (Lethal Practice) own background as a physician comes across in his use of technical terminology and ability to capture hospital politics, which adds to the terror.
Good story but too much running around here and there, almost like just filling space.