Release Date: September 20, 2022
About The Book:
DISSECTION is the suspense-filled story of DC heart surgeon Dr. Steven Leeds, who becomes suddenly besieged by a number of complicated heart attack and stroke cases, all caused by dissection, a rare medical condition. Complicating the mystery is the fact that each of the victims had received cards announcing: “Your heart attack/stroke will arrive within one hour!” – just before their attack.
Private detective Kirk Miner and FBI agent Jack Mulville investigate, and immediately suspect Dr. Leeds’ former lover, Dr. Silvana Moretti, a brilliant research scientist, who harbors a grudge against all the victims.
When prominent people in the U.S. government begin to receive the same threatening cards and experience the same deadly cardiac emergencies, it falls to an unlikely team of three: Miner, a headstrong FBI agent; Mulville, the gifted private investigator; and Dr. Leeds, the conflicted heart surgeon―to find the real perpetrators and foil the catastrophic plot before it’s too late.
Says Dr. LePort, “At medical school, I specialized in Internal Medicine, and had been practicing for over 17 years when, one day, while attempting to get into a Cardiology fellowship, I began listening to Ayn Rand’s lectures The Art of Fiction. I was inspired to write a novel and became addicted to the feeling of entering a world where I could make anything happen.”
DISSECTION is a taut thriller that combines cutting-edge medical technology with complex characters, set against a believable backdrop of medical science informed by Dr. LePort’s long career as a cardiologist.
About The Author:
Dr. Cristina LePort was born in Bologna, Italy. She attended medical school at the University of Bologna and then completed her medical training at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and has been practicing medicine for more than thirty years. Cristina is also the Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Genescient, a biotech company devoted to genetic research on aging and the amelioration of chronic diseases. Medicine and fiction are her twin passions, and she is absolutely thrilled to be able to share her medical thrillers with the world.
LePort currently resides in Orange County, California, with her husband Peter LePort, a general surgeon. They have three children and three grandchildren.
“High stakes, breathless suspense, and real insider authenticity—a terrific debut.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Better off Dead
“With a terrifying premise and riveting medical details, Dissection moves at a frantic pace.”
— Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Listen to Me
This is a breakthrough novel—suspenseful, fast and furious. It takes you into the real lived world of being a cardiac physician—because its author is one, long in practice. Don’t start it at night–its pace never lets up and you need your sleep —Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling author of Timescape
“Fill Dr. LePort’s prescription for DISSECTION – then buckle up ‘cause you’re in for a hell of a heart pounder.” —Harry Newman, Architect
“LePort masterfully leverages her scientific and medical knowledge to create an unforgettable, refreshingly ingenious thriller.” —Andrea Hernandez-Mendez, George Washington University
“What if catastrophic events such as heart attacks and strokes could be predicted, or caused? What if these events were part of a much larger conspiracy? These questions, and many more, fuel DISSECTION, a fast-paced and well-written medical thriller. Grab a copy and enjoy the ride.” —D.P. Lyle, MD, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper Thriller Series
“Dr. LePort demonstrates the disastrous potential of cutting-edge technology in the wrong hands. After all, how do you defend yourself against an invisible enemy? Dissection is a truly terrifying tale, featuring a never-before-seen weapon capable of unimaginable consequences.”
—Dr. Jenna Podjasek, author of Particles in the Air
“Dr. LePort surgically weaves romance, national political intrigue, international peril, a constitutional crisis, and an emergency medical catastrophe into a creative thriller whose gripping intensity lasts through the electrifying end.” —Steven L. Lansman, MD, PhD, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Westchester Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery, New York Medical College
“After receiving a review copy of Dissection, I decided to look at just a few pages, then read it all later, whenever I got the time. But soon, I found myself halfway through the book, turning pages with real interest. I was hooked. Cristina LePort has done a superb job of producing a suspenseful, ingenious, and well-written thriller, with a fully satisfying conclusion. I can’t wait to read her next one.”
—Leonard Peikoff, Philosopher, Author of Objectivism, the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
“ Dissection is a fun and fast-paced medical thriller I gobbled down like candy. Weaving politics, ethics, and morality, it’s a frenzied who-done-it that kept me glued until the end.”
— Jonathan Hoenig, regular contributor and panelist on Fox News Channel’s “Cashin’ In,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld”
“A gripping page-turner fueled by a spine-chilling premise, LePort, a cardiologist with decades of clinical experience, delivers all the high drama of an emergency room heart attack, packed with hyper-realistic details and a cast of unforgettable characters.” —Jeff Oliver, Author, The Two-Plate Solution
“ Dissection sucked me into its whirlwind of intrigue and compelling characters and wouldn’t release me. Bravo, Dr. LePort!”
—Laurel Anne Hill, award-winning author of Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846 and The Engine Woman’s Light
“A wild thrill ride from beginning to end. Its original high concept, relentless pace, and lively characters will captivate you right through the very last satisfying page.” ―Kira Peikoff, EIC at Leaps.Org and author of Living Proof, No Time to Die, and Mother Knows Best
“Take Dr. LePort’s DISSECTION as directed – your heart pounding awaits.” —Ruby Newman, Fashion designer
“Drawing from her real-life experience as a cardiologist, Dr. LePort has given us a fast-paced, suspenseful, and thoroughly impressive debut thriller that we’re honored to help launch.” — Terry Sanchez, Programs Specialist, Newport Beach (CA) Public Library
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