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Peggy Sue Got Murdered [Mass Market Paperback]

Tess Gerritsen


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July 17 1997 Harper Monogram
Following a chance lead after the mysterious death of a redhead, wisecracking medical examiner M. J. Novak encounters Adam Quentrell, the sexy president of a highly respectable pharmaceutical company, and uncovers a trail of corporate corruption. Reissue."

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction (July 17 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061082708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061082702
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,302,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Medical examiner M.J. Novak's investigation into the untimely death of a woman leads to corporate corruption and all sorts of nasty business. Severn House books can be ordered at a discount at 800-830-3044. Also look for its recently launched web page .
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, "Harvest, " which became a "New York Times" bestseller, followed by "Life Support" and "Bloodstream" -- all of which are available from Pocket Books. She lives in Maine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but worth the price for paperback Jan. 14 2000
By "readerfrommo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Harvest which is why I bought Peggy Sue. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Apparently Tess tried out romance before she moved over to medical thrillers and this is a sad mix of Harlequin romance with just a little bit of thrill worked in the story. If you are looking for a book that is more romance than I would rec. reading this one. But if you are searching for a larger quantity of medical info & thrills...keep on searching. Tess is heading in the right direction (as seen in Harvest & Bloodstream) but needs to get past the mushy romance angle. Final thought: It's not her best work, but with paperbacks it's worth the price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance, shmo-mance ... this is a perfectly enjoyable medical thriller! Jan. 20 2012
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Assistant coroner MJ Novak is terrified that she's discovered a lethal designer drug that the pushers have turned loose on the streets of her city. One death is just another footnote to big city life, a day-to-day drug overdose. The second death might constitute a coincidence. But three deaths are a full-blown epidemic with the promise of many more deaths to come if nothing is done about it. When Novak goes to the police and the mayor to alert the public, she's confronted with, at best, an uncaring administration that sees drug deaths as an entirely legal and convenient way to rid the streets of junkies, druggies, prostitutes, pot heads and low-lifes. At worst, Novak fears a potential conspiracy and cover-up of a drug leaked from research trials at a local pharmaceutical company.

The plot device of a sole practitioner, be it a GP, physician with hospital privileges, medical examiner, coroner or forensic pathologist, tilting against a corporation or government conspiracy is old hat (and, if I may say so, spectacularly overworked) for medical thrillers. But this is one of Tess Gerritsen's earliest works and, as such, can be accepted as a ground-breaking pioneer as opposed to a derivative copycat.

There is also the issue of the "romance". Other readers have suggested that this is a weakness that makes PEGGY SUE GOT MURDERED less successful. It's only my opinion, of course, but, for my money, the romantic interludes (well written without being the least bit Hollywood or syrupy) are entirely entertaining and make PEGGY SUE GOT MURDERED a perfectly legitimate contender for 4-stars even in today's crowded medical thriller field. I have to admit that I also like the fact that the ending is not in the least predictable.

Great job, Ms Gerritsen. I've been a fan for a long time and it was a treat to go back and fill the hole that I missed in your body of work. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
3.0 out of 5 stars it's o.k. Jan. 27 2014
By Flower Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really not my type of book and not up to Tess capabilities. I usually love her books but not so much this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Used books Aug. 17 2013
By Linda M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like mysteries, often can't find parts of series in the local library systems, so this is a great way to 'fill in the blanks'
5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Sue Got Murdered Jan. 22 2013
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tess Gerritson is always fabulous. Her writing is riveting, exciting, and action-packed. I would read anything she wrote, including the phone book.

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