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White Male Infant

by Barbara D'Amato

White Male Infant
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2002, 336 pages
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    Jul 2003, 336 pages

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McSweeny and his wife dearly love their adopted Russian son - but when medical tests indicate that the boy is not Russian they are plunged into the dark, complex world of international adoption. The results threaten to destroy their happiness - and their lives - as they explode a powder keg of political intrigue.

Surgical pathologist Dooley McSweeny and his wife dearly love the son they adopted from Russia four years ago. But when medical tests indicate that their little boy could not possibly have come from Russia, the couple is plunged into the dark, complex, and emotionally fraught world of international adoption. Who is their son? Where did he come from? How did he come to them? The answers to these questions threaten to destroy their marriage, their happiness - and their lives - as they explode a powder keg of political intrigue.

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White male infant, health perf. 6 mo., hair blnd. Eyes bl., bidding ends 1/19, avail. 1/26

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Beekman Hospital
New York City
Early November


There is nothing stranger than a familiar place turned strange. Dr. Dooley McSweeney was in his accustomed place of work, which had been his home away from home five days a week for nine years, but today everything was changed. Dooley was a surgical pathologist at Beekman Hospital in Manhattan. Like most hospital surgical pathologists, he dealt primarily with tissue samples –- chunks of necrotic tissue from patients in the emergency department, swabs of infected material, biopsy specimens, tissue taken from patients in operating rooms where the surgeon was looking for a tumor-free margin and wanted to know quickly whether there was any malignancy in the specimen, and hundreds of other pieces of flesh from living people where his analysis made a difference to their survival. Hospital pathologists generally didn't...

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Chicago Sun-Times

A muckraking thriller that from beginning to end will keep readers gasping with wonder and outrage.

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Like a contemporary Anne Perry, D'Amato looses the dogs of suspense against an all-too-plausible scenario of epidemic social injustice. The heart-rending, page-turning result is irresistible.

Booklist - Connie Fletcher

The separate strands of this complex but riveting story start coming together when the couple find evidence suggesting their son was not orphaned but kidnapped at the same time the CNN reporter discovers her cameraman brutally slain in their Russian hotel. Another D'Amato stunner.

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This versatile author has always had the ability to raise goose bumps but in this stand-alone thriller she makes our spines absolutely tingle.

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This credible and fast moving plot will fill all but the most hardened of readers with a sense of righteous indignation and suspense that will keep them turning the pages long after bedtime. Read an exclusive excerpt of Chapter One and Two by ...   Read More

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