Robert Tine. Desperate Measures (1997) 213 pp. [pbo]
Publisher’s description: “Frank Connor’s nine-year-old son has a rare form of leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, he will die—and time is running out. After no suitable donors are found, Frank risks his career as a San Francisco cop by illegally hacking into a Federal law enforcement computer. But he finds what he is looking for.... His name is Pete McCabe, a murderer incarcerated in America’s toughest prison. His DNA is the closest match. If Frank can get him to do the transplant, his son’s life will be saved—and he has a plan to get McCabe to do just that. But McCabe is no ordinary killer. He is a pure sociopath with a genius IQ who has spent too many years behind bars. And he has a plan of his own....” Novelization of the 1997 film starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia, directed by Barbet Schroeder. Based on the screenplay by David Klass.
Setting: San Francisco