· The Kate Sawyer Medical Thriller Series Book 2 · Chestnut Street Press
2 reviews

About this ebook

On the best day of Dr. Rita Davenport’s life, she jumps in front of a speeding London Underground train.

The police think suicide.

Dr. Davenport’s team in Portland, Oregon thinks otherwise.

On the day she died, Dr. Davenport presented a paper highlighting a medical breakthrough that would change the treatment of Alzheimer’s. The breakthrough would undercut the billion-dollar Big Pharma business model, taking money from the grant writers, researchers, doctors and huge pharmaceutical companies who have made their life’s work developing drugs that don’t work.

To Dr. Davenport’s team, that is motive for murder.

They turn to Detective Kate Sawyer, one of their own—a participant in their study who is battling her own genetic form of Alzheimer’s. With her lover, Detective Beck Hudson; Dr. Davenport’s right-hand man, Thea Janeway; and Thea’s romantic nemesis and respected denizen of the Dark Web, Carter Livingston, Kate gets pulled deeper and deeper into the secret places where those on the fringes of synthetic biology ply their trade…for good and for ill.

The killer threatens to kill another of Dr. Davenport’s study participants unless Kate backs off…and he’ll keep killing until she stops.

With lives in the balance, Kate can’t stop…not until the last man falls.

But who will be next?


After making a name for yourself in another genre, why switch genres now?

My first series featuring Lucky O’Toole is a light, romantic mystery series. At the time, my life was pretty dark, so I enjoyed the laugh-out-loud snark of Lucky and her pals.

But, now life is a bit brighter and I find the darker side, my love of thrillers calling to me. I’ve always loved thrillers, especially psychological thrillers, medical thrillers, women in jeopardy chase books, that sort of thing. Fast-paced storylines with deep, well-rounded characters—I wanted to add my name to the list of writers who have delved deep into these waters.

You’re a lawyer, so why the medical tie-in?

I’ve always been a science geek. When I first went to college, medical school was my target. Alas, life got in the way, but it didn’t dim my interest in the field. And today, technology is honing a sharp edge in the medical field raising lots of possibilities for cures. But where there is a good use there is also a bad use—the yin and the yang. Nothing ever comes without a price. Great for storytelling.


"Fantastic! Coonts combines her trademark strong characters and clever plotting with one of the freshest concepts in suspense--a heroine with early onset Alzheimer's who literally can't remember why everyone wants her dead. Buckle your seatbelt for a wild ride!" - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A firecracker of a thriller--with an ingenious premise, non-stop suspense and terrific writing. But it's the heroine who makes this such a winner--a heart-breakingly damaged loner who's got 'soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture' written all over her." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author

"In this taut romantic thriller, no one is who they seem--least of all, Kate Sawyer…Coonts has a sure winner!" - Barbara Freethy, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"I love Kate Sawyer! Deborah Coonts has created an unforgettable character and thrust her into a fascinatingly unique and dangerous situation. I want more!!!" - Debra Webb, USA Today bestselling author

2 reviews
November 1, 2020
A thriller in the truest sense, this book rushed me from thrill to thrill in a whirlwind battle of good and evil. In only 2 days, I found myself on its ending side, wrung out and stunned. There are so many truths in this book, mind-boggling and soul-wrenching, so much insight into the very essence of being human. "On any given day, depending on one’s perspective, she herself could be seen as either good or bad. As a scientist, Thea always looked for absolutes in a sea of incongruities but rarely found them. After coming this far, so sure of her battle, Thea wavered at the cost. So many lives. Each fighting for their own truth and losing. Thea would not lose. Not if she could help it." How could anyone not love every single one of the main characters in this book? All of them perfectly flawed, doggedly struggling on to make the world a better place, determined to keep on or die trying. And it's not only the characters the author can vividly, deeply bring to life with insight, but the whole world as well. "These big glass and metal cities in the Far East contrasted with their foundations, their roots in the ancient. Yet, the people knew enough to honor their past and revere what it taught them, while still moving through the modern with an eye on the future. There was something to be said for that. When you lost your roots, you floated free at the whim of any wind." I loved it!!! Ms. Coonts is so talented, so articulate, so clever, so knowledgeable and so empathising, she made me lose myself in this story, which could very well even be true. She took a risk, bringing readers to live inside a fractured mind is overwhelming, but she is so masterful she aced this. Not just Kate, but all the people important to her as well. Her bravery really works for me, and I bow to everything she is.
1 person found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

About the author

Deborah Coonts swears she was switched at birth. Coming from a family of homebodies, Deborah is the odd woman out, happiest with a passport, a high-limit credit card, her computer, and changing scenery outside her window. Goaded by an insatiable curiosity, she flies airplanes, rides motorcycles, travels the world, and pretends to be more of a badass than she probably is. Deborah is the author of the Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure series, a romantic mystery romp through Sin City. Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in the series, was a New York Times Notable Crime Novel and a double RITA™ Award Finalist. She has also penned the Kate Sawyer Medical Thriller series, the Brinda Rose Humorous Mystery series, as well as a couple of standalones. Although often on an adventure, you can always track her down at

Rate this book

Tell us what you think.

Reading information

Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
Laptops and computers
You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like Kobo eReaders, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Follow the detailed Help Center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.