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The Universal Donor

2.9 of 5 stars 2.90  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  1 review
Bitten by one of the snakes she is studying, Virginia Lee, an accomplished herpetologist, drives herself to the hospital, carrying a decaying antidote and using her pantyhose as a tourniquet to slow the poison's path in her bloodstream. Through the hideous traffic of L.A., she must reach her lover Terry McKechnie, who works as an emergency-room physician. Her hope and fait ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 1st 1997)
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This looked great, but was only good. A doctor, a researcher, and a terrible accident that changes everything. Sounds like a potboiler, but it was actually a good one, and made me think. The ending was not to my taste, but your mileage may vary. It just sort of drifted off. Also, I found some patches really flat - just hollow narrative. Not sure why. The good stuff is in the characters' way of looking at the world. The big moral choice in the book struck me as totally bogus. The plot is also out ...more
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