Saturday, May 11, 2013

Dont’ Go : New book about a podiatrist

Bestselling author Lisa Scottoline latest thriller Dont’ Go tells the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero. Dr. Mike Scanlon is a podiatrist called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife Chloe and newborn baby. In an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left, his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral. The plot twists and secrets are uncovered as Mike discovers his friends and associates may or may not be worthy of his trust. Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him, his family. The author came up with the podiatry hero after she had bunion surgery. She learned about the profession by watching and listening to podiatrists and how others in the medical profession view them. Although podiatry was not considered to be the most prestigious specialty on the homefront, she thought a podiatrist is Afghanistan and Iraq where many injuries are caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and involve the lower limb would be the ideal background for her fictional hero. Mike Scanlon is no fool and is completely dedicated, but does feel at times like a a second banana. He has to overcome that, and everything he goes through in the novel actually ends up being a blessing.

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