Adverse Effects (Book 1 of The Memory Thieves)

Medical Thriller


Determined to help her amnesiac patients recover their lives, Boston psychiatrist Cristina Silva is achieving near-miraculous results by prescribing Recognate, a revolutionary new memory-recovery drug now in trials. She understands her patients’ suffering better than most, because she’s lost her memories, too. Desperate to become herself again, she pops the same experimental drug she prescribes to her patients. And, like them, she remembers a little more each day.

Until one of her patients, a successful accountant, jumps from an eight-story window to his death. And as Cristina’s memories return, with them come violent visions and an incessant voice in her head. Maybe the drug isn’t safe after all. But discontinuing it would mean forgetting everything she’s recalled and losing herself.


Then an enigmatic, possibly dangerous man appears at Cristina’s bus stop. He seems to know more about her life than she does and says she holds a secret that puts her life in danger. Perilously balanced between an unknown past and a terrifying future, if she wants to survive, Cristina must stay on the medication and unlock those memories before it’s too late—even if the adverse effects of the drug could destroy her.

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Toxic Effects (Book 2 of The Memory Thieves)

Neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva cannot escape her past. The voice in her head of her former identity won’t let her. Cristina also can’t quite manage to force herself to forget the ex-boyfriend she dumped: handsome police detective Gary Wilson.

Soon after beginning her new job at the Longwood Memory Center, Cristina receives a startling phone call from her contact at the FBI: an assassin is crisscrossing the country, killing anyone connected to the now-defunct pharmaceutical company ReMind—people like Cristina. The shadowy criminal enterprise Zero Dark is back.

Indeed, an assassin is tracking Cristina, a literal femme fatale known as Dama Branca. Like Cristina, DB’s memory was robbed by Zero Dark. Transfixed by the brilliant doctor, DB’s unsure what’s preventing her from killing Cristina. DB has memory glitches and longs to interpret them. Whether or not these have to do with Cristina, she doesn’t know, but she senses their fates are entwined—with any luck, not fatally.

Danger lurks in the shadows. Cristina’s spurned lover, Wilson, is investigating the suspicious deaths of local teens, convinced they’re not accidents. Before their bewildering ends, all the victims exhibit bizarre behavior, and there are now terrified whispers among their friends of a hooded boogeyman called Sack Man. One exceptional young man, Reggie Horne, is clearly in the middle of this bedlam. Wilson vows to prevent Sack Man from claiming Reggie as his next casualty.

And when Cristina’s in danger, Wilson is never far away. Just as it becomes apparent their two stories are entangled, the peril shoots sky-high. With at least one killer in their wake, they must quickly determine what’s real and what’s not. Unlocking Cristina’s memories could save many lives—her own included.

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Heroic Measures

Forensic Technothriller



The medical examiner’s job is to speak for the dead and protect the living.


But what happens when the dead speak for themselves?



Stephen Englehart, an Armed Forces medical examiner. dedicates his life to bringing peace to the families of fallen soldiers. Tagged as one of the best, he’s able to spot forensic clues others miss. But when the body of a US Marine, supposedly burned beyond recognition, shows up with hardly a scratch, even Stephen is stumped. Were the bodies switched? Then, in the middle of the autopsy, the impossible happens.


The soldier wakes up.


Something incredible—and dangerous—is happening to the military’s elite, and Stephen may be the only one who can figure it out. And when Stephen’s sister, a Green Beret, goes missing, the entire military machine seems designed to stop him from finding her. To find the truth and save his sister, one man must stand against an army.  Can he be the hero he never thought he could?



Novels in progress

Spontaneous Remission

Medical Thriller


Although Betty Daniels, suffering from end-stage scleroderma, wishes she had more time to live, she’s ready to free her husband of his burden caring for her, and to end her torment. Until, miraculously, her condition improves. Not only are her kidneys healing; she’s getting stronger and healthier, with an energy she hasn’t felt in years. As happy as her doctor, Regina Thomas, is that Betty is getting better, she’s fraught by the fact she can’t find a reason why.



But someone else knows. A hired killer is searching for the prototype panacea drug created by a researcher he killed. He’s tracked it to somewhere in Clearwater, Florida, where Betty lives, and he’s closing in on the drug. He’s not the only one, though. The researcher’s friend, biotech genius Friedrich Gersch, is also following clues to the prototype. Whoever finds Betty first will hold the key to the greatest medical discovery in human history—or its greatest threat.

Pele's Curse

Medical Thriller


People who remove objects from the Big Island suffer from a horrible disease after returning home. Natives insist it’s Pele’s Curse. But then local inhabitants, particularly squatters on open land, start dyingHoward Adams, a successful Honolulu internist, arrives for his annual locum tenens work at the community health clinic. When he begins to investigate the strange pattern of deaths, he opens a Pandora's Box that endangers his career--and possibly his life.


Perfect Strangers



A woman sets out to expose the hidden secrets of strangers who seem in the public eye to be “perfect.”  She is careful to protect her identity and to avoid causing these people irrevocable damage, until one day a careless slip leads to the suicide of one of her most notable targets. She vows to end her game—until the police declare the death a murder, and her true identity is somehow implicated. Now she must play one last game to find the truth and expose the real murderer to clear her name, before she is herself exposed.