Rating: 3 stars
Seattle neurosurgeon Dr. Lucas McCrae is in Hong Kong to give a surgical demonstration. Upon removing the cloth from the cadaver head, Dr. McCrae finds himself staring into the face of his best-friend, Andy Baer—or at least someone who looks like him.
Meanwhile, back in Seattle, Sergeant Wendy Elliott is investigating the disappearance of a prostitute, and confidential informant, Lupita, whose gang-member brother is anxious for answers and justice.
Upon returning to Seattle, McCrae learns that Andy is indeed missing, and a funeral home owner who also runs a legitimate body donor service might know much more than he’s saying.
When Dr. McCrae and Sgt. Elliott realize that their cases are not only connected, but actually the same case, they will stop at nothing until they have all the answers.
Allen Wyler does a good job of creating an interesting and captivating medical thriller. Ripping the topic of body snatching from the headlines, Wyler grabs the reader by giving voice to an unfathomable nightmare.
Though there are moments that pushed the envelope of plausibility, overall, Wyler manages to hold things together and avoids major plot holes and pitfalls. Despite the handful of grammatical errors and typos—more the fault of editng than author—Dead Ringer rolled along at a brisk pace, without getting bogged down by extraneous information.
Wyler’s straight forward writing style is quite engaging and provides just the right amount of motivation to keep the pages turning.
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Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions LLC (July 11, 2012)