The Fifth Vial Remember that urban legend about a guy who wakes up in a bathtub filled with ice and discovers that someone's stolen his kidney? Michael Palmer's… The Fifth Vial Remember that urban legend about a guy who wakes up in a bathtub filled with ice and discovers that someone's stolen his kidney? Michael Palmer's… 2007-02-20 Fiction Mystery and Thriller St. Martin's Press
Book Review

The Fifth Vial (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 20, 2007; Writer: Michael Palmer; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Remember that urban legend about a guy who wakes up in a bathtub filled with ice and discovers that someone's stolen his kidney? Michael Palmer's thriller The Fifth Vial runs with the myth. Dr. Natalie Reyes falls victim to a seemingly random attack in Rio de Janeiro that leaves her missing a lung and searching for answers; meanwhile, Chicago private detective Ben Callahan tracks a medical conglomerate kidnapping people to harvest their organs for recipients who ''best serve mankind.'' The dual story lines meander a bit before the final showdown, but Palmer's black-market bogeymen offer a terrifying vision of the Hippocratic oath gone very wrong. B

Originally posted Feb 16, 2007 Published in issue #922 Feb 23, 2007 Order article reprints