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. Like 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.
Being a full-time physician hasn't stopped Joel from writing. Far from it, the complexity of his patients, prior service with the United States Air Force, a Master's in Public Health, and involvement in organized medicine in the middle of an ever-changing healthcare system all provide raw material for his stories.
Joel's short work has appeared in various print and online journals, and he's won several awards, including Best Medical Fiction from SEAK and an Honorable Mention from Writer's Digest Thriller Suspense Competition. ADVERSE EFFECTS is his debut novel.
Joel lives in Florida with his wife and twin daughters. He is represented by Lynnette Novak of the Seymour Agency.
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