By Jonathan Kellerman
It's a case in contrast to any psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware has ever encountered. Five-year-old Woody Swope is unwell, yet his mom and dad refuse to comply with the single remedy that can retailer him. Alex units out to persuade Mr. and Mrs. Swope—only to discover that the oldsters have left the health facility and brought their son with them. Worse, the sleazy lodge the place the Swopes have been staying is empty—except for an ominous blood stain. they've got vanished into the sordid shadows of the city.
Now Alex and his good friend, murder detective Milo Sturgis, haven't any selection yet to push the legislations to the verge of collapse. they're compelled to go into an amoral underworld the place medications, desires, and intercourse are considering sale and fantasies are fulfilled at any price—even on the expense of a tender boy’s life.
Praise for Blood Test
“A suspenseful mystery whose answer lies within the darker recesses of the human soul.”—The Wall highway Journal
“Gripping . . . peopled with brilliant characters . . . pulsing with suspense.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Establishes Jonathan Kellerman as a grasp of suspense.”—The Charlotte Observer
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There are different difficulties, besides. He’s slept with no less than one mom of a sufferer that i do know approximately and that i suspect there’ve been numerous others. I chewed him out and he checked out me as though I have been loopy to be anxious approximately it. ” “A little unfastened within the ethics division? ” “He has no ethics. occasionally I’m confident he’s under the influence of alcohol or on whatever, yet I can’t journey him up on rounds. He’s ready, regularly has the fitting resolution. yet he’s nonetheless no health care professional, only a hippie with loads of schooling. ” “How’d he get besides the Swopes? ” I requested. “Maybe too good. He used to be very chummy with the mummy and appeared to relate to the daddy in addition to an individual may well. ” He seemed into his empty espresso cup. “I wouldn’t be shocked if he desired to sleep with the sister—she’s a looker. yet that’s now not what’s bothering me straight away. ” He narrowed his eyes. “I imagine Dr. August Valcroix has a delicate spot in his middle for quacks. He’s spoken up at employees conferences approximately how we must always be extra tolerant of what he calls substitute health and wellbeing care techniques. He spent a while on an Indian reservation and was once inspired with the drugs males. the remainder of us are discussing the hot England magazine and he’s happening approximately shamans and snake powders. incredible. ” He grimaced in disgust. “When he informed me they have been pulling the boy out of remedy I couldn’t aid yet consider he used to be gloating. ” “Do you think that he really sabotaged you? ” “The enemy from inside? ” He thought of it. “No, no longer openly. I simply don’t imagine he supported the remedy plan the way in which he must have. Dammit, Alex, this isn’t a few summary philosophy seminar. There’s a ill boy with a foul disorder that i will be able to deal with and remedy they usually are looking to hinder that remedy. It’s—murder! ” “You could,” I urged, “go to courtroom on it. ” He nodded unfortunately. “I’ve already broached the topic with the clinic legal professional and he thinks we’d win. however it will be a Pyrrhic victory. You bear in mind the Chad eco-friendly case—the baby had leukemia, the oldsters pulled him out of Boston Children’s and ran away to Mexico for Laetrile. It changed into a media circus. the oldsters turned heroes, the medical professionals and the clinic, massive undesirable wolves. after all, with all of the courtroom orders, the boy by no means acquired handled and died. ” He put an index finger opposed to each one temple and pressed. A pulse quivered lower than each one fingertip. He winced. “Migraine? ” “Just begun. i will be able to deal with it. ” He sucked in his breath. The paunch rippled. “I can have to take them to courtroom. yet i need to prevent it. that's why I known as you, my buddy. ” He leaned ahead and positioned his give up mine. His pores and skin used to be surprisingly hot and just a little wet. “Talk to them, Alex. Use any methods you’ve acquired up your sleeve. Empathy, sympathy, no matter what. try and get them to work out the results of what they’re doing. ” “It’s a tall order. ” He withdrew his hand and smiled. “The in simple terms sort we have now round right here. ” four THE partitions of the ward have been coated with sunny yellow paper patterned with dancing teddy bears and grinning rag dolls. however the clinic smells that I’d grown used to whilst I labored there—disinfectant, physique smell, wilting flowers—assaulted my nostrils and jogged my memory i used to be a stranger.