Title: DO NO HARM
Genre: Adult mystery/thriller
Word Count: 81,000
Special Question: My main character would be Rey. An intelligent, resourceful woman who lost everything dear to her, but risks what little she has to help a stranger and, once invested, is tenacious in pursuit of the goal.
35 Word Pitch: Accused of malpractice, anesthesiologist Dr. Kate Downey risks more than her career to explain a series of unexpected post-operative deaths and stop a mercy killing-for-hire scheme before her comatose husband becomes the next victim.
First 250 Words:
“Unbelievable. They’re going to kill him again.” Dr. Kate Downey’s glimmer of hope for this medical student team had faded to more of a speck, an echo of a speck.
Nathan Cassell sat to her right. “They killed him a long time ago. I can keep him in VFib, but there’s not a molecule of oxygen in his system.” He pointed to a small window on the left side of the simulator control’s computer monitor. Arterial oxygen – Zero. “Maybe there’s no oxygen in the whole classroom.”
“That would explain a lot.” Kate squeezed her neck beneath her ponytail. “Keep overriding the decompensation. They have to come up with something.”
Through the one-way glass into the simulation classroom, she watched the scenario unfold. Three senior students surrounded brawny Stan the Man-ikin. A life-size Ken doll laid out on a stretcher, minus the tan. His pasty skin tone and over-large features challenged the willful suspension of disbelief, but the students aggressively coded him nonetheless.
At the head of the bed, a student with Harry Potter glasses squeezed a breathing bag attached to a plastic tube in Stan’s throat, while Robert, a classmate who appeared to spend more time at the gym than the library, performed chest compressions. A young Indian woman stood mute by the defibrillator.
“They may suck, but at least they’re consistent,” Nathan said.
Alarms wailed as the students continued their incompetent resuscitation. An electronic ka-thunk broke through the incessant alarms. All three stared at the ECG.