Peter Clement, M.D., is a physician who headed an emergency room at a major metropolitan hospital. He is also the author of Critical Condition, Mutant, The Procedure, Death Rounds, and Lethal Practice. He is married to a physician and has two sons. From the Hardcover edition.
In his accomplished second thriller (after The Amber Room), Berry turns to another great historical mystery-the 1918 murder of Nicholas II and his family-skillfully blending fact with a contemporary tale of conspiracy. After the fall of communism, the Russian people have voted to restore the monarchy. Miles Lord, a black lawyer from Atlanta, has been hired by a mysterious cabal to pave the way for Stefan Baklanov, a Romanov by birth. When Lord discovers documents hinting at the survival of two of Nicholas's children, he finds himself marked for death and on the run. Accompanied by a circus performer, Akilina (the "Eagle"), Lord follows a series of clues as he attempts to unravel one of Rasputin's last prophecies, in which Lord himself now plays a crucial role as "the Raven." Exciting action, an engrossing puzzle, and atmospheric settings make this a great read. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/04.]-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In this medical mystery, the remains in question are those of Kelly McShane Braden, former lover of series hero Dr. Earl Garnet (Lethal Practice; Death Rounds; The Procedure), chief of the busy emergency room at St. Paul's Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. Kelly disappeared under mysterious circumstances 27 years ago, and now the discovery of her bones threatens Garnet's personal and professional life. Also involved are physician/coroner Mark Roper and his sheriff friend, Dan Evans, both of whom live in Hampton Junction, a small community in the Adirondacks. Mark takes Kelly's murder personally, as she was his beloved childhood babysitter and a close friend of his physician father. The chief suspect in the original disappearance is Dr. Charles "Chaz" Braden IV, Kelly's husband and son of suave, powerful Dr. Charles Braden III. Mark and Earl join forces in hunting down Kelly's killer, and in a matter of hours, patients begin to turn up dead in hospital beds, and seemingly unrelated civilians perish in violent accidents. Mark narrowly escapes being shot, and Earl is felled by a baffling illness. Veteran thriller readers will diagnose the guilty party quickly enough, though the motive is so complicated most will simply give author Clement the benefit of the doubt and accept his version of events. This is medical suspense, so there's lots of doctor talk: "But the lack of nausea and there being no focal, right-upper-quadrant tenderness means we don't even have to think gallbladder, and with normal urine, it isn't renal. Any history of hypertension, Earl?" Readers who go for this sort of chatter will find the book a compelling read, but those who aren't quite so taken with hospitals and healers might look elsewhere for their thrills. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
PRAISE FOR PETER CLEMENT Mortal Remains "Peter Clement's Mortal Remains is furiously paced and intricately plotted. I really cared about these characters and what happens to them. There is no higher praise I can give to anyone's writing." --MICHAEL PALMER "Written with impressive authority, Peter Clement's medical thriller Mortal Remains is tautly plotted and packed with panache." --JOHN CASE Critical Condition "Clement's twenty years as an emergency physician and family doctor result in novels of stunning suspense grounded by an insider's view of medical science." --The Toronto Star Mutant "Steeped in the thriller traditions of John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King: pulse-quickening action, a sub-plot of good versus evil, smatterings of blood here and there and a hero's race against certain disaster." --Doctor's Review The Procedure "More than a piece of compelling fiction, The Procedure is a cautionary tale . . . An exciting and original story, well told." --NELSON DEMILLE Lethal Practice "ER meets Agatha Christie as Buffalo doctor Earl Garnet is suspected of murder via a cardiac needle. Heart-pounding suspense, indeed!" --Entertainment Weekly From the Hardcover edition.
With this second Russian suspense novel, which focuses on the restoration of the Romanov dynasty, Berry shows he's honed his craft since his somewhat shaky debut, The Amber Room (2003). Miles Lord, a workaholic African-American lawyer from Atlanta, is in Moscow to help Stefan Baklanov, the Romanov claimant his high-powered firm is backing. Since the new tsar will reign as an autocrat like his ancestors, both big rubles and big bucks are at stake not to mention access to nuclear weapons. Lord soon discerns that Baklanov is corrupt, a tool of the mafiya. While digging through old files on the Russian Revolution, Lord comes to believe Baklanov is the "raven" Rasputin predicted would help save the royal house in 1916. Teaming with a beautiful acrobat, Akilina Petrov of the Moscow Circus, Lord attempts to discover whether any children of Nicholas II escaped Lenin's executioners. A series of exotic clues propel the pair on an international scavenger hunt. Berry uses Russia past and present to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene, such as the racism Lord encounters throughout the country. The book's villain needs a bit more development, but this doesn't detract much from a solid tale a cut above and then some many thrillers on the market. Agent, Pam Ahearn. Author tour. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
PRAISE FOR PETER CLEMENT "Mortal Remains" Peter Clement s "Mortal Remains" is furiously paced and intricately plotted. I really cared about these characters and what happens to them. There is no higher praise I can give to anyone s writing." MICHAEL PALMER Written with impressive authority, Peter Clement s medical thriller "Mortal Remains" is tautly plotted and packed with panache. JOHN CASE "Critical Condition" Clement s twenty years as an emergency physician and family doctor result in novels of stunning suspense grounded by an insider s view of medical science. "The Toronto Star Mutant" Steeped in the thriller traditions of John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King: pulse-quickening action, a sub-plot of good versus evil, smatterings of blood here and there and a hero s race against certain disaster. "Doctor s Review The Procedure" More than a piece of compelling fiction, "The Procedure" is a cautionary tale . . . An exciting and original story, well told. NELSON DEMILLE "Lethal Practice" "ER "meets Agatha Christie as Buffalo doctor Earl Garnet is suspected of murder via a cardiac needle. Heart-pounding suspense, indeed! "Entertainment Weekly" "From the Hardcover edition.""