Anaphylaxis thriller

Mar 12, 2013 | Events

Elk River Books will host a reading on Saturday, April 20, by Bozeman physician Alan Wanderer, who has turned his talents literary with a new medical thriller, Anaphylaxis.

“A well-known scientist, who has recently discovered an effective vaccine for cocaine addiction, dies from anaphylaxis after a routine injection in the office of his allergist, Dr. Leonard Haberman. A malpractice lawsuit ensues, fanned by a politically ambitious senator. Questions arise when it is discovered that the cocaine vaccine specifications are missing along with the head technician who worked closely with the deceased scientist. CBI Agent Ben Locke connects these events with a cold case involving the mysterious death of another scientist, and a nefarious plot implicating an organized mob is exposed, placing Haberman and his family at great risk.”

Wanderer is an immunologist, so he knows his subject well. His contemporaries praise the book for its medical detail, with Dr. Philip Lieberman, professor of internal medicine at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine, calling the book “a thrilling and great read, which opened new insight into anaphylaxis, a condition that I spent the last 40 years studying.” Kirkus Reviews says the quality of writing matches Wanderer’s expertise, describing it as “a prime read that packs a hefty number of plot twists and characters without getting tangled.”

A clinical professor of pediatrics specializing in allergies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Wanderer is active in clinical scientific research on inherited inflammatory disorders, asthma, sickle cell disease, transplant organ viability and cold hypersensitivity syndromes with anaphylaxis. Currently he is medical director of a clinical research drug study center in Bozeman.

Wanderer’s reading is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a signing. The event takes place at 4 p.m. at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St. in Livingston.


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