- Series: The Laura Nelson Series (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oceanview Publishing (January 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608091279
- ISBN-13: 978-1608091270
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,074,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After the Fall (The Laura Nelson Series) Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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"This fourth Laura Nelson thriller is a page-turner par excellence. An accidental fall leaves Laura in great pain. Her smashed hand cannot be reconstructed sufficiently for her to continue performing surgery. The title phrase, however, has other echoes―like a fall from grace or esteem. Such a fall is something that Laura fears when confronted with the need to reveal―or have revealed by others―painful secrets from her past.
In the end, readers will have nothing but admiration for Dr. Laura Nelson. That means, of course, that Dr. Patricia Gussin has done it again: provided a thoroughly satisfying formula of character, action, science, emotion and danger."
"Dr. Laura Nelson, chief of surgery at Tampa City Hospital (Fla.), reluctantly seeks a new career after suffering a serious hand injury in Gussin's superior fourth and final series thriller (after 2012's Weapon of Choice), set a year after the Gulf War. Laura agrees to become an executive at Keystone Pharma, a company about to release a wonderful new drug, Immunone, for which she helped organize the clinical trials. Meanwhile, FDA project manager Jake Harter is desperate to keep Immunone from being approved, for his own nefarious reasons. Jake is also willing to hide vital data and commit murder to keep his lover, Iraqi researcher Adawia Abdul, from leaving the U.S. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein's minions are pressuring Adawia to return home so that she can create bioweapons. Gussin deftly resolves the various plotlines at the climax. Along the way, she vividly depicts her characters’ interior lives, especially Jake's slide into monomania as he collides with the determined, clear-headed Laura."
―Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"This book is the fourth and, sadly, the end of the Laura Nelson series that has been so incredible to read… This fascinating series has the reader chomping at the bit for yet another piece of the puzzle every single time one of the books comes to an end. The writing, the characters, the plot―everything is so well done. Patricia Gussin will continue to gift fans with another amazing tale very soon. But Laura Nelson and her relentless determination and heroine status will be missed."
"Gussin completes her Laura Nelson series with an action-packed medical thriller... Gussin uses her experience as a surgeon and medical researcher to create a complex, realistic story that will appeal to readers with a taste for thrillers centering on science and politics."
"After the Fall is the sixth novel for this author, the fourth in her Laura Nelson series. The plot is a good, solid one, pulling in the many characters who move it along nicely, and incorporating global issues that are relevant today. As the thriller reaches its conclusion, there is a brief hint that this one is not the last we shall see of Laura."
"The fourth Dr. Laura Nelson medical thriller (see Weapons of Choice, Shadow of Death and Twisted Justice) is an exciting cat and mouse tale due to a powerful cast especially the vigilant doctor; but particularly brilliant is the lunatic FDA employee's descent into deadly obsession. Anticipating the showdown, readers will relish this winning drama."
―The Midwest Review
Winner of Gold Medal, 2016 Florida Book Award(Florida Book Award Gold Medal)
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The Fall also refers to Jake Harter's, FDA employee, descending character arc. Harter is in love with an Iranian scientist; she will go back to Iran if a certain drug is approved and he doesn't want her to leave. So he does what he can to block the drug approval. That includes killing people who can get it passed. Eventually he targets Laura herself.
This is a vivid inside look to the research and drug approval process. The story also sounds a warning knell about biochemical weapons. And it brings Laura Nelson's story to a satisfying conclusion.
There are many plots and sub-plots going on, which at the beginning left me confused. The book is the sort of book if you are a serious reader as "take it, or leave it" . In other words you can easily leave it and come back to it later.
The book would be a better read without so many different plots running at the same time. I have found frequently with the books I get to read through book clubs this book should have had better editing.