The pressures of a medical internship. The mystery of a genetic disease. A malpractice suit. A shaky engagement. A threat on her life. Claire McCall has been fighting the odds all her life---but now secrets from the past could destroy her dreams of becoming a surgeon. Will her faith in God survive? Will she? 416 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
You can't dance this dance unless it's in your blood. Claire McCall is praying it's not in hers. Claire McCall is used to fighting back against the odds. Hard work, aptitude, and sheer determination have helped her rise from adverse circumstances to an internship in one of the nation's most competitive surgical residencies. But talent and tenacity mean nothing in the face of the discovery that is about to rock her world. It's called the 'Stoney Creek Curse' by folks in the small mountain town where Claire grew up. Behind the superstition lies a reality that could destroy her career. But getting to the truth is far from easy in a community with secrets to hide. As a web of relationships becomes increasingly tangled, two things become apparent. One is that more than one person doesn't want Claire to probe too deeply into the 'Stoney Creek Curse.' The other is that someone has reasons other than the curse for wanting Claire out of the picture permanently. Somewhere in the course of pursuing her career as a surgeon, Claire lost touch with the God who called her to it. Now she realizes how desperately she needs him. But can she reclaim a faith strong enough to see her through this deadly dance of circumstances?
Harry Lee Kraus, MD, (www.cuttingedgefiction.com) is the bestselling author of ten books, including Could I Have This Dance? For the Rest of My Life, and All I'll Ever Need. He draws from his career as a board-certified general surgeon to flavor his writing with exceptional authenticity and technical knowledge. He and his wife, Kris, are missionaries serving in East Africa.
Kraus (Lethal Mercy) draws on his extensive medical knowledge in his sixth
novel. As Dr. Claire McCall enters the toughest residency program for surgeons
in the country, her world begins to fall apart. Attracted to another resident
just as her feelings for her fianc have turned ambivalent because she
believes he pressured her into intimacy before marriage, Claire has also lost
her closeness with God. To top things off, a patient admitted to the emergency
room exhibits the same symptoms that Claire's father has had for years. The
people in her hometown of Stoney Creek, VA, called it "The Curse" and
attributed it to alcoholism. But this patient is diagnosed with Huntington's
disease. As Claire tries to determine whether her father has Huntington's and
whether she, in turn, has it, someone else has other reasons to shut Claire up
permanently. A solid, intense thriller heavy on medical terminology, this is
for fans of William Cutrer and Sandra Glahn's Deadly Cure. Copyright 2002
Cahners Business Information.
Dr. Claire McCall is on a mission to discover the truth behind the Stoney
Creek curse in Kraus's sixth book, a well-written medical thriller with
romantic and inspirational overtones. Claire puts the backwards town of Stoney
Creek, Va., and her "cursed" alcoholic father, Wally, behind her as she begins
a grueling medical internship at Lafayette University Hospital near Boston.
Yet as her father exhibits classic signs of Huntington's disease (or "the
dance" in medical slang, from which the title is gleaned), Claire wonders
whether the legendary curse might be due to genetics, rather than
superstition or alcoholism. Fearing for her future, she turns up information
that leads to puzzlement over her and her twin brother Clay's paternity. As
her world crashes around her, Claire becomes confused about her faith and
ponders how a loving God could orchestrate her disastrous circumstances.
Claire is fallible and multidimensional, and the narrative palatably combines
suspense, medical instruction, romance, humor and faith. However, like many
recent CBA novels, this one is too long, and a little judicious editing might
have smoothed the pacing in spots. Reader credibility will also be stretched
when Claire shares a great deal of personal information with hunky intern
Brett Daniels, or a little too conveniently keeps stumbling over her
undergraduate genetics project, which holds clues to her present dilemma.
However, Kraus's experience as a general surgeon lends authenticity to his
medical descriptions, and the curveball conclusion makes the long read
worthwhile. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.