Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Investigating two related epidemics--one of infertility, the other of a tissue-ravaging disease--a husband-and-wife pair of doctors happens upon a horrifying conspiracy to make money on death

Blackwell North Amer
A nightmare is about to be unleashed. Jake Foster, a leading fertility specialist, has just made a terrifying discovery that may explain why Boston has recently suffered the highest infertility rate in the country. But before he can share his news with his wife, ER physician Brett Foster, she tells him an incredible story of her own. Just hours before, a healthy young man with no visible injuries bled to death moments after being rushed into her emergency room - the fifth such fatality in a week.
Even as Jake and Brett compare notes on their seemingly unrelated mysteries, a pair of brutal dramas unfold in disparate corners of the city. A respected R&D scientist is found murdered on the eve of a historic merger between his corporation and a leading consumer goods company. And in a nearby Beacon Hill laboratory, Jake's fertility clinic is destroyed in a suspicious fire that kills his young research assistant. Investigators will find a puzzling link between the two victims: both had logged into the database of the Centers for Disease Control just moments before their deaths.
But Brett has no way of knowing this when she, too, logs into the CDC database, oblivious to the danger about to befall her. Jake and Brett now find themselves the object of a killer with a deadly secret, expendable pawns in a treacherous corporate cover-up.

& Taylor

Jake Foster, a Boston fertility expert whose wife is trying to become pregnant, discovers a terrible syndrome that may be responsible for Boston's epidemic of infertility and unexplained bleeding deaths, a syndrome connected with a mysterious corporate group.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060187521
Branch Call Number: FIC Me 1999
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 25 cm


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