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Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
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May 29, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in May, 2011

Bloodstream, by Tess Gerritsen, b-plus, narrated by Richard Poe, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is one of Gerritsen’s earlier books and constitutes a stand-alone. 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 distractions of the big city, Baltimore, where he had already gotten in with the wrong crowd and had a police record. Claire Elliott had been a well-known doctor pulling down a good salary in Baltimore until her husband died. Both she and Noah were still suffering the grief of this death two years later, leading in part to Noah’s brushes with the law. She takes over this small town practice hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the news of a shocking
incident: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. The boy in question had been diagnosed by the other doctor in town with attention deficit disorder, but Claire had noticed that no assessment was done to determine whether or not he had the disease. She took him off of Ritalin, and two months later he committed the violent acts. The other doctor pounced on her decision to stop the drug as the reason he had performed the violent acts. . But before she can defend herself, a rash of new teenage violence erupts in Tranquility, Maine,. And when one of her patients dies, the town's panic turns to fury. Shaken by accusations, and fearful
that Noah is now at risk, Claire desperately searches for a medical cause behind the murderous epidemic. She begins to suspect that the placid waters of
Locust lake conceal a disturbing history - and an insidiously lethal danger, and she also learns that this rash of violence among teenage boys has erupted at least twice in the past hundred years. But her own life is put in danger when she discovers
an even greater threat: a conspiracy to manipulate nature, and sacrifice the town for long-term profit. This is a good book and a precursor to her well-known series, the latest book of which is “Ice Cold.”

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