- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Post Oak, An Imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (November 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939288819
- ISBN-13: 978-1939288813
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,063,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Impostor: A Medical Mystery Paperback – November 1, 2014
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Five Star Amazon Review:
Pamela Triolo's second novel about nurses could easily be ripped from the headlines. The Impostor tackles timely themes of end-of-life care and the right to die as one chooses. These issues are linked together by a strong group of characters. The author's fast-paced,engrossing medical thriller ... succeeds at entertaining with well-developed characters. This novel will interest anybody who works in or is intrigued by the medical field.
From the Author
The Impostor: A Medical Mystery is the second book in a series. Though it is a story about a young woman who seeks redemption, it takes the reader into the trenches of contemporary health care where the challenge of providing superb care is compounded by the power struggles between quality and cost, the lust for power, and a vulnerable patient population who are often uninformed and passive. Our impostor, Staci, finds a dedicated and talented team of health care clinicians in the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center in Houston. In her attempt to escape a tortured past, she finds a battlefield of issues, but she also sees a healthy team in action and true love bloom.
One of the number one issues in hospitals is end-of-life care. Most people in the U.S. still die in hospitals, but that is not usually the best place. How can we change that? How do we raise the public awareness that they have choices? Health care can be as ill as the patients we serve because many of our patients do not partner with us. Every day we see families face the event they are least prepared for--death. The team at Medical Center Hospital will try to create compassionate pathways to passing with their patients. But that won't be easy. A generous share of toxic leaders, sociopaths, and bullies complicate the scene. Though this book is completely fiction, it is based in fact. Believe me, it can happen.
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I hate reading a book (or seeing a movie) that reveals the author's (or director's) ignorance of her material. When reading a Triolo novel you instinctively feel she is a master of her game, as she is. That is why her work is so enthralling: you never find yourself questioning the credibility of the storyline. So if you've never been to Houston, then read this book. Triolo will transport you there. And if you've never been inside an intensive care unit, then read on, and Triolo will give you a guided tour. And if you don't have a living will and you don't know where to start, then this book will open your eyes.
I really enjoyed Triolo's first book. Her second effort takes storytelling to a new level. You will love The Impostor without having read the first book, Death Without Cause. But the smart thing is to get both books and enjoy the author's handicraft in full. Her work is very good on paper, better on a tablet, and could be even better on the silver screen.
Triolo's descriptive phrases and developing plot keep the reader riveted and always aware that in the healthcare environment of today life and death concerns and especially 'end-of-life' patient needs loom large. At the same time adding romance to the setting adds some spice and creates hope where there seems to be so much sadness. She allows some of her characters to dig a hole, jump in and then figure out how to get out of that hole. Triolo keeps us in suspense. Even knowing the "good guys from the bad guys" doesn't prepare us for the ending.
Hopefully Triolo is busy on her next mystery as we are now "hooked' on this author and her compelling story telling abilities.
I also love how Pamela entertains us through this discussion - the mystery and intrigue and of course the love story of Patrick and Santos...it keeps you reading until the very end! I cannot wait until the third book - to see what trouble the CCU unit, Patrick and Santos get in to, and what healthcare topic will be included. Thanks for enterTRaining us Pamela!
Robert N. Westerman, M.D.