A variety of ill-fitting puzzle pieces morph together. It appears that a highly paid executioner is murdering persons who were present during a botched surgical procedure performed on a high-level political figure from a foreign country.
This killer prides himself on his non-kill methods — his victims die by mishaps, suicides, or natural causes. One by one, the surgeons and nurses who witnessed that bungled surgery are found dead. Jillian Coates’ deceased nurse sister was present during that surgery.
While searching through a host of records together, Garrity and Coates find another correlation. Nick’s heroic friend, Umberto, was snatched from his destitution because his physical makeup, particularly his facial structure, was similar to that of the high-level foreign politician who died during the botched hospital operation.
Incredibly, The Last Surgeon brings all of the bizarre pieces of this atypical medical thriller together in its final pages. But although Garrity and Coates solve this mammoth puzzle involving top level government officials including the CIA, it will be left to the reader to discover if or when either or both sleuths eventually fall victim to the same psychopathic killer who forced Lillian’s sister to commit suicide.
If you are interested in fast-paced thrillers, The Last Surgeon is an intricately intertwined medical suspense tale that will keep you guessing. Early on in the story, it seems that the mention of Dr. Garrity’s ongoing search for Umberto is a bit tiresome and not urgent.
But with a depraved killer cleverly eliminating people every so many pages, and then with the introduction of a possible connection between Garrity and Coates, I felt suspense and interest building dramatically. I wanted to figure out without being told, how all the strange, unnerving events at top levels of American government fit together; and whether either hero or heroine would survive at the story’s end. This story did not disappoint me.