Dr. Rhea Lynch, who was introduced in Delayed Diagnosis, is back. The hardworking ER doctor is still putting in long hours at the small South Carolina hospital where she swears she's seen it all.

Then one night everything changes. First is the interracial couple, beaten and held captive for several days, victims of a hate crime. While caring for their injuries, Rhea discovers an unusual illness. The wife shows signs of a pulmonary infection that seems to advance at lightening speed and then, within hours, she's dead. Almost immediately her husband begins showing the same symptoms, and others begin arriving at the ER with this mysterious illness.

Rhea is thrust into a strange world of religious extremists, hate groups, and the military, all in the hopes of uncovering the cause of the now steadily increasing deaths at her hospital. Things are pointing to germ warfare, but who is responsible and why?

Dr. Rhea is becoming an old friend, and Ms. Hunter assures readers they'll see more of this fascinating medical detective. With a wonderful sense of detail, and enough twists and turns to keep the pages flying, Ms. Hunter leaves you yearning for more. (Apr., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson