Akron Doctor Writes Medical Thriller
“Fatal Rounds” is a fast-paced medical thriller from Akron physician Dr. Carrie Rubin.
The narrator is Liza Larkin, who is beginning her pathology residency at the (fictional) Titus McCall Medical Center. Titus McCall was Liza’s second choice for a residency, but she chooses him over her first choice because of some photos she puts in a scrapbook for her mother.
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Liza’s mother has schizophrenia and lives in a care facility, and Liza herself has schizoid personality disorder, which means she is “emotionally detached” with “little desire to form relationships. social”. Yet she loves her mother and is perplexed when three of the photos, taken at different locations, show a man she does not know. Her mother sees the album and becomes distraught. She says a man was watching her through the bushes.
Through a reverse image search, Liza discovers that the man is a surgeon to Titus McCall, so she gives up her prime residency to keep tabs on Dr. Sam Donovan. Liza becomes convinced that Donovan is responsible for the recent death of a woman he operated on a year earlier. She also becomes convinced that he is following her, and so she starts following him. Using an academic paper as a pretext, she researches her surgical cases.
Liza wonders if she is becoming paranoid and exhibiting symptoms of her mother’s condition, much like her police friend when Liza presents her with the evidence she has collected. The reader will also wonder if Liza is delusional. Liza’s friend insists the evidence is circumstantial at best. Donovan begins to taunt her.
Rubin’s use of the unreliable narrator keeps things well off balance until the busy climax and unexpected final twist. “Fatal Rounds” combines a singular main character with an impressive plot of suspense.
“Fatal Rounds” (294 pages, softcover) is $13.99 from Indigo Dot Press. Carrie Rubin is also the author of “Eating Bull,” about a Cleveland teenager pushed to file a lawsuit against a fast-food chain for causing his obesity, and a three-book series about a medical student dragged into the supernatural.
‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’
Cuyahoga Falls’ Susan Boltz contributed a story to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Your 10 Keys to Happiness,” published in June. “The Grocery Store” is included in the first of 10 chapters, titled “Count Your Blessings,” and is reminiscent of a stressful pre-Thanksgiving shopping trip that becomes a lesson in gratitude. The book is $14.95 on chickensoup.com.
Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights): Gabe Goldman signs his picture book “The Loving Wind,” 1 p.m. Sunday; Valencia Joy signs “I met a guy…and other things you can only discuss with your girlfriends,” Sunday at 2:30 p.m. During a virtual event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Bill Schutt joins the Peculiar Book Club to talk about “Pump: A Natural History of the Heart”; sign up at loganberrybooks.com.
bookstore by the fireside (29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls): Tossie Wiley Jr., author of “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb,” and Rita Wiley, author of “Prayer Fire: How to Ignite Your Prayer Life for Tangible Results,” sign their books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, 1876 S. Green Road, South Euclid): Shavonne J. Moore-Lobban discusses “A Black Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Domestic Violence,” 2-3 p.m. Sunday. From 7-8 p.m. Monday, Candice Carty-Williams talks “People Person” with Abby L. Vandiver, whose “Where Wild Peaches Grow” was featured on Sept. 11 Book Talk. From 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Daniella Mestyanek Young and co-author Brandi Larsen discuss Mestyanek Young’s memoir “Uncultured.” Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History: During a virtual appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, museum restoration ecologist David Kriska speaks to Edwin Birnbaum about the “sacred mountains of the world.” A minimum donation of $5 is requested. Register at cmnh.org.
Cuyahoga County Public Library: During a virtual appearance from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Roshani Chokshi talks about her young adult novel (with Evelyn Skye and Sandhya and Menon) “Three Kisses, One Midnight,” and Jeffrey Breslow discusses “A Game Maker’s Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor and Executive tells the inside story of the toy industry,” Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.. Register at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Hudson Library and Historical Society: NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg discusses “Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships,” about her relationship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during a virtual event at 7 p.m. Monday. At 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Azar Nafisi talks about “Reading Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times”; At 7 p.m. Thursday, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Director Michael Roizen talks about “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow.” Register at hudsonlibrary.org.
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library: Simon Winchester, author of “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary,” during a virtual appearance from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday. Register at smfpl.org.
Willoughby Public Library (263 E. 305e St.): Canton Repository editor Rick Armon, author of “Ohio Breweries,” presents “History of Ohio Brewing,” 7 p.m. Tuesday. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, DM Pulley (“The Lost Key”) begins a six-week “Building the Suspense” virtual writing workshop; sign up at we247.org.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Powers Branch, 6996 Powers Blvd.): Kristina McMorris talks about her novel “The Ways We Hide,” 7-8 p.m. Wednesday. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Wooster College (McGaw Chapel, 303 E. University St., Wooster): Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Children’s Literature and author (with Ibram X Kendi) of “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” gives the 2022 Peter Mortensen Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma-Snow Branch, 2121 Snow Road): Buzz Bissinger, author of “Friday Night Lights,” talks about “The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II,” 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Sign up at cuyahogalibrary.org.
Mac’s back (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights): Joe Meno signs his novel “Book of Extraordinary Tragedies” and Liz Breazeale signs “Extinction Event: Stories”, Thursday at 7 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, poets Jason Baldinger (“A Threadbare Universe”) and Karen Schubert (“The Geography of Lost Houses”) read excerpts from their work.
Reed Memorial Library (167 E. Main St., Ravenna): Joseph Sepesy explains how ballroom dancing was therapeutic for his post-traumatic stress disorder and signs “Word Dances: A Collection of Verses and Thoughts about Ballroom Dancing,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Cleveland Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Blvd.): Physician and activist Edgar B. Jackson Jr. launches his memoir, “A Way Up and a Way Out,” in conversation with Rev. Otis Moss Jr., Pastor Emeritus from the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Saturday at 1 p.m. Register at cpl.org.
Rodman Library (215 E. Broadway St., Alliance): Alliance native Janice Hisle kicks off the 2022 Fogle author series, talking about “Overwhelmed: Ryan Widmer, His Drowned Fiancee, and the Justice System,” about the 2008 death of Warren County woman, 2 p.m. Saturday.
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