The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb have just recently added book #5, Bone Dust, to the Gina Mazzio series.
I knew that Bone Dust was going to be good book when I read this line in the prologue which describes a moment with bad guy Russell Thorpe;
He danced from one end of the room to the other waggling his butt, letting it flop loose so he could feel his cheeks jiggle.
Now that is an image that gives me the heebie-jebbies and I figured that Russell Thorpe was going to be one creepy dude, and I was correct. Russell Thorpe is a phlebotomist and has an interest in blood that is more than an occupational passion. Thorpe also happens to be a phlebotomist at the same hospital where Gina Mazzio works. For those of you that are not familiar with the Gina Mazzio series, Gina just seems to have a knack in attracting psychopaths, which once again is proven in Bone Dust.
There is a lot going on for Gina Mazzio in Bone Dust, not only is she having to deal with a psychopath, but she is also having relational problems with the love of her life, Harry Lucke. On top of all of this, she has a crazy ex-husband who wants to kill her and a severe killer outbreak of the flu that is overwhelming Ridgewood Hospital and the city of San Francisco. The big question is “will our sassy nurse from the Bronx survive all this, or will she have a nervous breakdown?”
The Gina Mazzio series gets better with each successive book which makes reading Bone Dust a real pleasure. Even though this is considered a medical thriller, most of the action revolves around situations that are not medically related. The medical focus is primarily on the influenza outbreak and how a big city hospital would deal with it. I would suggest strongly reading the previous novels in the series to get a better feel on what makes the characters tick.
To learn more about the series check out my review of the Gina Mazzio Series.