Neil McMahon. To the Bone (2003) 250 pp.
Eden Hale is a young beautiful woman who went from being a porn star
to an actress getting good parts in daytime drama. She has just had breast
augmentation surgery and the boyfriend who was supposed to be staying with
her left her alone and in pain. As time goes on the pain becomes unbearable
and Eden is barely able to make the 911 call for an ambulance before losing
consciousness. By the time the she arrives at Mercy Hospital in San Francisco,
she is barely breathing. Dr. Carroll Monks works on Eden but nothing he
does is helping and he has no idea what is wrong with her until he sees
bruising spreading across her skin. He administers a drug in hopes of stopping
the blood from clotting but she dies before the drug can take affect. His
peers criticize him for his treatment protocol, but when the pathologist
finds a toxin in Edenís blood Carroll thinks she has been murdered. He
starts asking too many questions and winds up almost getting killed by
someone who wants attention deflected from the plastic surgeon and those
who work for him.