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  1. Gabriele
    Gabriele says:

    Traveling and visiting historical sites is such a wonderful inspiration, isn’t it? I always come home with ideas for new novels – I’ve enough for the next 10 years, and I continue to travel, lol.

    Btw, have you read Sara Douglass’ Crucible trilogy? It’s historical fantasy /alternate hist. fiction, a Mediaeval world where the demons in which people back then believed, are real and have come to earth. And no one knows who is possessed and part of the plan to overtake the world – historical persons among them.

  2. Frank Hood
    Frank Hood says:

    Tess, have you read Oliver Sacks’ Awakenings? My memory is dim as I read it some 30 years ago, but an small, interesting passage always struck me. Excuse me if I get the details a little wrong since I’m going from memory. There was a deadly epidemic early in the century. A certain number of people survived, but were terribly affected mentally. Those who were adults and thus afflicted went into strange state, conscious but seemingly unable to move or act on their own. Their treatment with L-Dopamine made up the bulk of the book.

    What struck me however was that if the survivors had been young children, they seemed to have no lingering physical or mental symptoms but rather moral ones. Reports were that after the illness, they had no conscience. Always intrigued me. From your interview, sounds like you might be interested too.

  3. BA
    BA says:

    Frank’s message makes me also think of Richard Preston’s, _Cobra Event.
    Also, I noticed that the Lowell Sun is calling _Mephisto Club a medical thriller.
    “Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, known for her graphic descriptions and grisly crime scenes, signs copies of her latest medical suspense thriller, The Mephisto Club…”

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    isn’t it interesting how reviewers and journalists keep calling my books medical thrillers? I think it proves that many of them don’t even read the books. I haven’t written a medical thriller since GRAVITY, which was seven years ago. And I’m not any more graphic than Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, yet they don’t seem to get hit with that “gory writer” label.

    Frank, yes, I recall the same fascinating case described by Sacks!

  5. doomer
    doomer says:

    An Army officer, who was also a Rabbi, assigned to get inside the heads of the high-profile Nazis during the Nurenburg trials remarked that monsters are created when people lose, or deliberately rid themselves of, the ability to empathize.

    Is evil then the absence of empathy?

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