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HOOKED: A Thriller (Killer Thrillers Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Harris , Michael Harris
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gavin Jenkins, a brilliant young doctor with roots in poor, rural Kentucky, saves Baltimore heiress Cleo Talbot from unnecessary surgery after an incorrect diagnosis.  The couple's passionate attraction leads to marriage, and Cleo's elite social and political connections propel Gavin to prominence.  His patient list extends from the dressing rooms of world-famous artists to the heights of international society and, finally, to the inner sanctums of the White House itself.

When the richest man in the world, Nicky Kiskalesi, sets his eyes on billions of dollars of Egyptian oil, he must first topple a government. Nicky seeks Gavin's help, a fateful decision that leads from the waterfront slums of Izmir to secret KGB assassinations and the corrupt thrones of the Middle East, as the fate of the world's energy supply--and Gavin's own life--hang in the balance.

HOOKED, set in the mid-20th century, is based on the real-life "youth doctors" of the 1960s and takes place in New York and Washington, a remote fishing village on the Turkish Riviera, Sweden, Vienna, Cairo and aboard Lydia, the world's most beautiful yacht.

"Truly one of the best books I've ever read! I luuuvvved the international jet-setting element, and the characters were each riveting in their own unique ways. I simply could not put it down! If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It's that good!!!" D. D. Scott, bestselling author



"All the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story.  Slick and sexy with easily recognizable people or composites." -- Publisher's Weekly





"Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the operating theatre... NYT best-selling author Ruth Harris and Michael Harris take on the medical-political thriller. Sleepless nights ahead for Daniel Silva and Tess Gerritsen as their crowns are threatened." --Mark Williams, co-author of Sugar and Spice


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"All the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story." --Publishers Weekly

"Truly one of the best books I've ever read! I luuuvvved the international jet-setting element, and the characters were each riveting in their own unique ways. I simply could not put it down! If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It's that good!!!" -- bestselling author DD Scott

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the operating theatre... NYT best-selling author Ruth Harris and Michael Harris take on the medical-political thriller. Sleepless nights ahead for Daniel Silva and Tess Gerritsen as their crowns are threatened." --Mark Williams, co-author of Sugar and Spice

"Sex, greed, ambition and murder - what's not to like? It's great to see NYT bestselling  author, Ruth Harris and Michael Harris move into the thriller genre with this cracking debut." -- Mark Chisnell, author of The Defector

From the Author

HOOKED is based on real-life "youth doctors" of the 1960s who became as rich and famous as their celebrated patients. One of the best known, Paul Niehans, developed his "cellular therapy" in which particles of lamb embryos were injected into the patient. Dr. Niehans claimed the treatment would retard the aging process and cure almost everything from homosexuality to heart disease. Though viewed with suspicion by many doctors, Niehans counted among his grateful patients Pope Pius XII and Gloria Swanson. (This information is adapted from an article published by the Alicia Patterson Foundation.)


HOOKED and BRAINWASHED are Books #1 & #2 in the KILLER THRILLER Series and are available together in a boxed set.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid fictional portrait of real people.... February 17, 2012
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...living in the 1960's. This fun, quick, absorbing read is a fictional retelling of President Kennedy, Maria Callas and Ari Onassis. Not sure how they all connect? Well they were connected thru a doctor who specialized in a cocktail to relieve pain. The cocktail was basically methamphetamine, Benzedrine and prob. some vitamin B-12. I have personal knowledge of the doctor in question. During the early 1980's I worked on Broadway and I was an assistant to a legendary film/Broadway actor/actress. On Wed. and Sat. there were matinee performances at 2pm and evening performances again at 8pm. After the matinee, while the star was asleep in their dressing room, a mysterious person with a doctor's bag would quietly creep in, remain for five minutes and sneak back out. After this visit, the actor/actress would stay up for two days straight and be almost manic in their behavior. One stage manager said they needed to peeled off the wall after their "shots". I found out that the injections were methamphetamine and speed. So Gavin Jenkins is modeled on a real doctor who worked in a Park Avenue office. The doctor in question dispensed shots to all the Broadway hot shots-composers, song writers, directors, etc. It was thru this doctor that President Kennedy was first introduced to injections of methamphetamine and speed for his chronic back pain. I don't think I'm talking out-of-school here because it's fairly well-documented that this doctor would fly down to Washington every other week and inject the President with the drugs. (Robert Evans talks about in THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE.) The famous opera singer is modeled on Maria Callas who was seeing Aristotle Onassis on and off again during her adult years. The authors use these characters to spin a serious web of intrigue. Read more ›
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read That I Was Unable to Put Down!!! January 14, 2012
By D.
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This was truly one of the best books I've ever read!

I luuuvvved the international jet-setting element, and the characters were each riveting in their own unique ways.

I read this book in less than two days because I simply could not put it down!

If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It's that good!!!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me from the first page! January 8, 2012
By Anna
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As a RN I thought the staff conflicts in hospital scenes were right on! Dr. Gavin Jenkins' talent AND ego reminds me of doctors I've known and worked with. The plot kept me guessing until the end and the 1960's glamorous,jet-set settings is a big plus! Enjoy.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 15, 2012
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Hooked is a powerful novel populated by larger than life men and woman who use the world as their playground. Great characters and fast moving. From start to finish I wasn't able to put it down except to recharge th iPad.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRYED & TRUE <Sept. 9, 2011> September 9, 2011
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I have read Ruth Harris's books years ago; I think this is a re-issue because of the time-frame references. I wish publishers would establish this, if only, for readers of past books. Still, it's a good story. If you like medical thrillers this one's for you.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it. January 15, 2012
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Political intrigue and, a fight to the death for mid-Eastern oil that goes all the way from a millionaire's yacht to the White House. If you love a fast-moving story with lots of plot twists, you'll love HOOKED. I did.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked is right! January 15, 2012
By Al
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Not the first book I've read by her and it won't be the last. The title is right, you will get hooked.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked by Ruth Harris April 10, 2012
By Linda
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Very well written and I loved it! Was kept in suspense and was Hooked to the last page! I want to read anything else they have published.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know?!
Kind of an interesting premise but, and maybe it's my age, there was way to much on sex and sexual desires. Also, I didn't care much about any of the characters.
Published 4 months ago by GrampaK
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
I enjoyed reading this book. It is disturbing to realize how quickly and completely one's life can be changed and ruled by a drug in the hands of a brilliant, yet unethical doctor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Loretta Rankins
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Thriller
Just the kind of book you want to read to forget your own life, your own problems. The perfect escapist read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Claude Nougat
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Started reading Hooked on1 my way to a doctor's appointment. Finished it that night, couldn't put it down. I had already read #2, now I'm hoping for a #3
Published 21 months ago by SCMama
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Story
Another can't put it down story..IT'S A MUST READ.. Enjoy..I could tell you more, but then I'd wind up dead..
Published 23 months ago by Dexter Don
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
This one kept me up all night - I couldn't stop reading until I was done! I highly recommend this book.
Published 23 months ago by gmsnowshoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was thinking of more murder, less sex. Good book don't get me wrong. Just lacking in the suspense side. A little predictable, and too much sex. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sara
3.0 out of 5 stars Too far fetched!
It was too far fetched for me to the point it was unbelievable. I managed to finish it, but would not recommend to purchase.
Published 23 months ago by Roadrunner
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
The story was a good, fast read. Straight forward, with little asides to be fillers that distract from the main theme. REM
Published on September 26, 2012 by rexmorton
5.0 out of 5 stars A very very good Summer read
I was fascinated by the two women in Hooked. Adriana Partos is obviously Maria Callas with differences and similarities. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Jay S. Colen
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