Dr. Abby DiMatteo, a 2nd year resident at Bayside Memorial, is living the life she dreamed…if that was days of almost no sleep, inability to please the surgeon in charge, and never having any time with the handsome surgeon she’s living with. But she’s doing good, working hard, and starting to impress the higher-ups. Everything changes, though, when she helps a young boy get a heart by doing a directed donation from the family of a woman who was killed by a drunk driver. Turns out a very rich man had wanted that heart for his wife, and it seems that he will do just about anything to get her another heart – and to destroy Dr. DiMatteo’s career in the process. Tess Gerritsen is a wonderful writer, and her medical mysteries are a joy to read.
12. The Bat by Jo Nesbø, Translation by Don Bartlett, 369 pages, Mystery, 1997 (Inspector Harry Hole, Book 1).
Inspector Harry Holy is in Australia because a young Norwegian woman, who happened to have been a child star, was found murdered. He is paired with Andrew Kensington of the Sydney police force, and told that he can observe, but to stay out of trouble. Andrew leads him along a sight-seeing tour of the local sights, investigation sites, and introduces him to a baffling array of people both connected and seemingly unconnected to the case in hand. Andrew also tells him an Aboriginal tale, which is how the book is arranged. Eventually, Hole starts seeing a pattern to what Andrew has been showing him, and while he tries too hard to grasp it all at first, he does get there. I really enjoyed the book, and look forward to reading more in the series.