One Friday night in Chicago, two friends leave their neighborhood bar and head home. One man never makes it. Stabbed in the heart by a crazed assailant, the victim is brought to a nearby hospital. A respected young carpenter who seems to have it all—wife, children, friends—finds himself at the same hospital. Mysterious stomach pain, violent mood swings, and uncharacteristic forgetfulness have plagued Donald Snyder. Though he remembers nothing, it was Donald’s knife that killed the man, his blood on the man’s body.
BRAINSTORM leads the reader into a world where the human capacity for evil extends beyond belief, into a world where it is hard to draw the line between insanity and innocence.
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Sheldon Cohen has practiced Internal Medicine, worked as a medical director, and taught in Chicago universities. After retirement from active practice, he became a quality consultant for hospitals around the world.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
It was a warm Friday night in late October, and Donavon Ryan was alone. He had just had dinner at his favorite neighborhood bar and grill and said good-night to a friend who lived in the opposite direction. In this blue-collar area of Chicago, light from the tidy bungalows did not reach far on the sidewalks. He could see no more then ten yards ahead. The streets appeared deserted.
But another man was hidden in the shadows around the corner. Light would have shown his pained and confused expression. His walk was jerky and irregular, his legs were broadly spaced and he seemed to be having difficulty maintaining normal balance. His arms and legs hung strangely as he staggered from side to side. At times he looked like he was reaching out to capture some unseen flying insect.
A casual observer might have thought the man was drunk or drugged. Yet the situation was more grave. His instability was a manifestation of a bizarrely altered mind. He had no idea where, who, or what he was. He was not capable of rational thought. In his present state, any physical, tactile, or other sensory stimulation would cause involuntary motor reactions. His distorted thought processes led to extreme, uncontrollable rage and violence. Intermittently, he stumbled and fell.
Meanwhile, Monday morning was on Donavon’s mind. Rumor had it that he would be promoted to foreman, which meant that he and his wife could afford a house of their own. His happy thoughts continued unabated as he headed home, and he paid little attention to his surroundings. Paramount in his mind was the warm greeting that he soon expected from his wife.
Friday night was also her evening out with her girlfriends. Their apartment building was just around the next corner. Then, as he turned the corner he saw what appeared to be a man crawling along the sidewalk. He was clearly in distress. Donavon rushed to his side.
"What’s wrong, buddy?" asked Donavon. He stooped to assist and take a better look. But, at that moment the stranger sprang to his feet, lunged forward with a knife, and aimed for Donavon’s chest. Donavon had no chance to scream for help. His hands flew up in the air as he tried to shield himself, but immediately he was knocked to the ground. All at once he felt four sharp pains in rapid succession—one on his hand and three in his chest. The stranger disappeared into the evening shadows.
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Descripción Creative Arts Book Company, 2003. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0887394736
Descripción Creative Arts Book Company, 2003. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0887394736