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There is no higher honor for students at the prestigious medical school than to be personally selected by Professor Arthur Sterling Law to participate in his weekly ethics seminar. Only the best and the brightest are considered. Only the best of these are chosen.

Each patient presented at the seminar poses an ethical dilemma, and the fiercest debates center on the question of prolonging life, particularly the cost of prolonging the life of a desperately ill patient. Can the cost be justified, or should expensive, potentially lifesaving medical care simply be withdrawn?

And there is one group of especially brilliant, especially privileged, especially arrogant students who invariably argue for pulling the plug. If it were within their power, a very real patient would die. But surely medical students do not possess such power….

As the number of suspicious deaths increases, others cling to innocent explanations, but senior medical student Mac McCall cannot ignore his own doubts. He risks his career—and ultimately his life—as he pursues a trail of sexual intrigue and death to solve the mystery of the ever-rising Mortality Rate.

The medical career of physician-novelist Jack Chase has spanned the spectrum from laboratory research in molecular biology to clinical practice. He has served as attending physician on the infectious disease services of a number of medical schools and as director of clinical research for two multinational pharmaceutical companies.

His first two novels, FATAL ANALYSIS and MORTALITY RATE, were published in multiple languages and sold throughout the world. Both are now available for the first time in e-book and trade paperback formats.

His wife is New York Times bestselling novelist Katherine Stone.
Jack Chase is currently hard at work on his next medical novel.

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