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In April came the rains. In August came the heat. In November came the horror. It's paying a return visit. Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the temptations of the big city and the lingering memory of his father's death. And she's hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the onset of winter when a rash of teenage violence, far more deadly than anything she'd encountered in the city, erupts in the local school. As she tries to find a medical explanation for this murderous epidemic, Claire stumbles upon an insidious evil which has blighted the town's past and threatens its future. Fearful that Noah, too, is at risk, she must race to prove her theory before everything she loves is destroyed. / A roller-coaster read; Bloodstream has the appeal of an ER-style background combined with strong characters and edge-of-the-seat suspense. / Riveting thriller from the UK and American bestselling author of The Surgeon and The Apprentice. / Tess Gerritsen is now one of the hottest names in crime fiction and there will be lots of renewed interest in Bloodstream. / Competition: Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Val McDermid

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Tess Gerritsen left a successful medical practice to bring up her children and concentrate on her writing. Her two previous highly acclaimed novels, Harvest and Life Support, were both New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Maine, with her family, and in her free time plays fiddle with the Tattered Tartans.

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Gerritsen leaves the urban hospital setting of her first two successful thrillers (Harvest; Life Support) and steps into Stephen King territory‘the troubled Maine town of Tranquility‘with mixed results. The former doctor's ability to create credible characters and make medical details accessible and exciting provide the book's strongest moments, as Dr. Claire Elliot‘recent widow from Baltimore‘tries to make a go of her new life in Tranquility, where she has moved to get her son Noah, 14, away from dangerous influences. Irony of ironies: the country turns out to hold more savage dangers for the teen than the city ever did. Claire's struggles with the boy, her failure so far to win a place for herself in the hearts of prospective patients and a possible romance with the town's police chief are straightforward and moving. Harder to swallow is the book's premise‘that savage outbreaks of violence among Tranquility's teenagers occur every 50-odd years, caused by natural or even supernatural factors. It's Claire who makes the connection between recent murders and older attacks, and of course there's the old "enemy of the people" subplot about not scaring off the tourist trade. The fact that Tranquility's teenage problem has a scientific solution lets Dr. Elliot have a final moment of triumph, but you can't help feeling that King would have made the story more powerful‘and more fun. Major ad/promo; author tour; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild super release; Mystery Guild main selection; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio. (Aug.)

Praise for The Surgeon: 'If you like your crime medicine strong, this will keep you gripped' Mail on Sunday 'Authentic, convincing' Sunday Times Praise for The Apprentice: 'Goes head-to-head with Nicci French and Karin Slaughter to scare the pants off you! A classic page-turner, full of melodrama' Daily Mirror 'Compulsive' Irish Times Praise for Gerritsen: 'Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house. If you've never read Gerritsen, figure in the price of electricity when you buy your first novel by her 'cause baby, you are going to be up all night. She is better than Palmer, better than Cook! Yes, even better than Crichton' Stephen King 'Tess Gerritsen is an automatic must-read in my house' Stephen King 'A Crichton-like medical thriller set on Stephen King's home turf' People Magazine 'Weirdly terrific stuff with a steel grip. Doc Gerritsen's mastery! may give the reader gray hairs' Kirkus 'Gerritsen has hit another home run for the summer reading team' US Library Journal

YA-Tranquility, ME, sounds like the perfect place for Dr. Claire Elliot to relocate with her teenage son and help him deal with his father's death. However, as she begins her practice, so begins an epidemic of teen violence. The shooting of the school biology teacher and the violent ending to the big dance have Claire and the town police chief, Lincoln Kelly, searching hard for clues and answers. Are the blue mushrooms growing in the forest where local teens hang out the cause? Or is the mysterious green phosphorescence that appears on the lake where many of the young people swim the culprit? Claire's son suddenly and mysteriously becomes as wild and uncontrollable as his friends. This is a gory medical thriller that will keep YAs totally engaged.-Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA

More medical suspense from the author of the best sellers Harvest and Life Support, this time featuring a doctor set upon by furious townfolk when violence erupts after she removes a hyperactive teenage boy from medication. A Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild, and Mystery Guild selection.

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