As Stephen White's popularity surges forward, his recurring hero, Denver psychologist Alan Gregory, finds himself in the midst of an intricate and heart-wrenching case. Summoned to the bedside of a fifteen-year-old girl who has attempted suicide, Alan discovers that she is mute. But as a bond develops between them, he learns that her baby sister has a deadly infection, and that a managed care company is refusing to allow treatment with an experimental drug. More shocking, however, is the revelation that an executive of the HMO has just met a violent death, and that his patient may be involved. Calling on his old friend, Denver police detective Sam Purdy, Gregory draws on his special connection to the young girl to begin investigating the truth that lies behind her silence.
Original title: Critical Conditions
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense