A prominent physician debuts as a gifted storyteller in Lie
Still, a dazzlingly suspenseful and compulsively readable
trip through the dark underbelly of the OR -- where
reputations, careers, and lives are on the line.
In a sleepy, small-town Arizona hospital, a thirteen-year-
old boy lies in a coma after inexplicably suffering a
cardiac arrest. His doctors are perplexed. Although
emotionally disturbed Henry Rojelio was a frequent visitor
to the emergency room -- often for bouts of asthma, but
usually just for attention -- no one ever anticipated a
battle with death.
Surgical resident Malcolm Ishmail began his medical career
months before at a busy Phoenix hospital -- a far cry from
the small ER deep in the silent heart of the desert, where
Henry Rojelio lies. There, Malcolm fell into a secret,
exhausting affair with one of his professors, Dr. Mimi
Lyle, a beautiful, charismatic brain surgeon who had subtle
difficulties in the operating room. In a moment of
weakness "Dreamy Mimi" confessed to him her failings as a
neurosurgeon; Malcolm reported her to his superiors . . .
and promptly lost his job.
Now, miles away from Phoenix, Dr. Ishmail struggles to save
his young asthmatic patient's life and his future as a
surgeon. And with little time and few clues to the cause of
Henry Rojelio's sudden collapse, the impressionable doctor
wonders whether his former lover may have exacted a
disturbing revenge. Rich in medical detail and written with
stylish, razor-sharp action and dialogue, Lie Still is a
gripping, emotional drama of human failings and devastating
consequences that marks the debut of a remarkable new