A retired FBI agent defends a do-gooder doctor suspected of murdering a media mogul: "Haddam plays the mystery game like a master" (Chicago Tribune). Michael Pride could have been a world-class surgeon, but his good intentions got the best of him. He opened a clinic in one of New York's roughest neighborhoods, and stuck around when gangs, drugs, and guns turned it into a war zone. Supporting his mission is Charles van Straadt, a media titan with a knack for incendiary headlines and a soft spot for good works. When a sex scandal threatens to derail Pride's clinic, van Straadt is the only one who stands by him-until the mogul is poisoned, and the doctor appears to be the only person who could have done it. Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian has a chance of proving Pride's innocence. In a part of New York that feels more like Beirut than Broadway, it will take more than good works for the two of them to survive.
by Jane Haddam
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