The Bladerunner

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Billy Gimp was a bladerunner . . . one of the shadowy procurers of illegal medical supplies for the rapidly expanding, nightmare world of the medical black market. Doc was a skilled surgeon at a government-operated hospital by day . . . and an underground physician by night, providing health care for the multitudes who could not - or would not - qualify for legal medical assistance.

Trapped by Health Control Police, Billy Gimp knew he had to warn Doc that they were closing in on him.

But something even more deadly than the law had already mad its first move . . . a new plague that Health Control could not handle!
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Apr 12, 2013
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781440566936
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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