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Ghost Image

Ghost Image

A Novel

The last thing plastic surgery resident Jackson Maebry wants at the end of a long day in the operating room is a call to the ER. Once he gets there, what he finds is worse than his most hellish imaginings: a young woman, beaten and burned almost beyond recognition, a trauma case as terrible as any he has ever seen. What Jackson's colleagues don't know is that the victim, Allie, is actually his lover.
With Allie in a coma, Jackson keeps their relationship quiet and takes part in her reconstruction, a complicated and grueling set of procedures that only the most skilled specialists can perform. But as he and the other doctors struggle to put her back together, the fractures in Jackson's own life begin to break apart dramatically. When the San Francisco Police Department's investigation of the attack leads to his door, Jackson knows the truth can no longer be suppressed.
Ghost Image is an expertly plotted, chillingly vivid, and wholly absorbing mystery, signaling the debut of an unforgettable new voice in the genre. Taking readers inside the operating room and literally under the skin of its patients, it's a story that will appeal to those fascinated by medicine and forensics. It is also a story -- like all classic crime novels -- about guilt and innocence, good and evil. But, above all, it is a story of love -- the kind of love that might prove deadly, or that might just save your soul.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416577867 | 
  • September 2007
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Chapter 1

The blade cut smoothly through the translucent skin covering her eye. Little drops of blood bubbled up along the line of the incision.

Taking the forceps, I pulled back on the skin -- delicately, like peeling a grape -- reaching under with the scalpel to sever the connective tissue holding it in place. The nurse followed behind with an electrical bovie device to cauterize the bleeding vessels. It made a zapping sound -- like those gadgets that hang in the backyard to electrocute mosquitoes -- followed by a sizzle and the smell of burnt flesh.

"Yummy!" said Henning. "Barbecue!"

Henning was a first-year... see more

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