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Imagine: You’ve been blasted and wasted with chemotherapy, along with every other poison the doctors could find to kill malignant cells. Most days you’re more dead than alive.
Now there is one last chance for survival. Tomorrow you will be infused with your own, treated bone marrow frozen, stored, and safe in one of California’s most prestigious hospitals.
Then comes the note: “We have your marrow…. pay or die.”
A lab technician and her abusive, ex-orderly boyfriend, are behind the fiendish scheme. But their third victim cannot pay. To keep from being discovered, the boyfriend gives the patient a lethal injection.
The missing marrow, a sudden change in patient demeanor, and the unusual death raise suspicions, but protecting the hospital’s reputation becomes more important than launching an investigation. But the patient’s primary care nurse, Gina Mazzio, defies the hospital administrator, the attending physician, and her own boyfriend to dig deeper.
In the end, she uncovers the deadly plot, saves two other patients from the duo, and almost loses her own life in a bloody battle with the killer.
SIN & BONE
It’s RN Gina Mazzio’s wedding eve.
But when Gina takes the week’s final Ob/Gyn telephone advice call, a deadly serious male voice says, “She’s all cut up.”
The police, the hospital administrator, and even her fiancé insist it was only a crank call, some sicko. Gina doesn’t buy it.
She gets a second call, at home, and starts to link the calls and caller to a series of nurse disappearances.
Instead of marriage and a honeymoon, Gina is drawn into the dangerous, illicit trade in human body parts.
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After two attempts on her life, RN Gina Mazzio needs a break, needs to get away from San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital and all the depressing and deadly memories associated with it.
What better plan than to go with her fiancé, travel nurse Harry Lucke, on one of his assignments … an adventure in Northern Nevada’s gold country
In this third outing for Gina (SIN & BONE and BONE DRY), her ever-present curiosity draws her and Harry into the midst of an illegal scheme to manipulate test results for an experimental drug to cure Alzheimer’s. On the first day, driving up a long, isolated dirt road, they’re surrounded by ominous, identical, sentry-like boulders that cordon off the approach to their new workplace: Comstock Medical Auxiliary Campus. When they finally arrive at the facility … and its empty parking lot … Gina’s eye starts one of its warning alert twitches—there are iron bars across all the second-story windows, and no windows at all on the first level.
BONE of CONTENTION
Gina Mazzio returns to Ridgewood Hospital after a near–death experience at a rehab facility in Nevada’s barren gold country, where she and fiancé Harry Lucke had gone on twin travel nurses assignments..
Now assigned to the Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Clinic, an outbreak of mystifying post-abortion patient deaths puts Gina on the trail of an unknown perpetrator.
Her relentless investigation makes her the target of a fanatical couple who kidnap her and attempt to kill her just to keep from being found out.
At the same time, her diabolical ex-husband, Dominick, arrives from NYC, and is also intent on killing her … out of revenge.
San Francisco police inspector Mulzini (from Bone Dry) becomes instrumental again, as does Gina’s brother, Vinnie, and fiancé Harry. Plus, there is an unusual car chase that culminates on the GG Bridge.
Murder, mayhem, medicine, and Mazzio.
That’s the thread that stitches together the Gina Mazzio RN medical thrillers.
In Bone Dust, an influenza epidemic hits San Francisco, pushing all medical facilities to and beyond their limits. The chaos also masks the deadly blood-letting practice of a sociopathic hospital phlebotomist.
Gina, distracted by a serious breakup with her longtime fiancé, and on the brink of a new romance, misreads the full danger of a stalking that leads to the murder of another Internal Medicine nurse.
Gina’s investigation into the killing of the nurse, along with trying to find out why flu patients are dying unexpectedly, makes her the new target of the phlebotomist stalker.
In Tucson, Gina’s vicious ex-husband is doing his own stalking, attempting to do in her estranged travel nurse-fiancé in a warped move to terrify her and let her know he still intends to kill her.
Gina, more ill with the flu each day, struggles with being the focus of two killers as she attempts to solve the mystery.
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Gina Mazzio, RN, and fiancé Harry Lucke are on the brink of getting married when a childhood friend relocates from the Bronx to San Francisco. Within days, Gina’s nurse friend is relating difficult-to-believe horror stories about her new employer, a cardiologist whom she suspects is involved in illicit and deadly medical practices.
Gina soon discovers the stories are true—the doctor is not only acting in an unethical manner, he may also be complicit in two or three hideous murders. That knowledge quickly makes her the new target of the doctor… and a vicious hit man, who is determined to hunt her down and kill her.
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Back from an idyllic beach wedding and honeymoon on romantic Kauai, Gina and Harry have barely unpacked when Ridgewood Hospital sends them off on an intriguing assignment to learn about and report on surgical robotics at a Santa Cruz area hospital.
Intrigue turns to fear as they’re plunged into the midst of a deadly clash between hands-on-medicine traditionalists and those eager to dive headlong into the futurist whirlpool of robotics.
The newlyweds are harassed, threatened, and kidnapped as a result of their efforts to discover who is hacking the robotic units and causing bloody mayhem in the surgery suites.
Gina and Harry eventually report back to Ridgewood that robots are not only accurate, fast, and efficient, they can also be used to commit murder.
SISTERS IN SILENCE
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Fertility counselor Zondra Vesey isn’t a serial killer; she’s on a mission, a noble but deadly mission.
For ten long years she has slaved to help her physician ex-lover to become a five-star specialist in the highly competitive field of infertility treatment. Her thanks? She has watched woman after woman sleep in is bed, fill his life as she once did. Instead of continuing to love her, his surgeon’s hands sliced her open, mutilated her insides, and left her sterile, as barren as the women who flock to him for the miracle of motherhood.
Not only that, he’s lied to her, has not kept a promise to make her a partner in his very successful fertility clinic. Now, Zondra is angry, grief-stricken, and filled with sorrow.
She will, she must save her sisters from their anguish.
Standing in her way, though, is suspicious, persistent clinic RN Nicole Blum, the doctor’s current love interest. Nicole enlists her reluctant-but-efficient deputy sheriff roommate to help her look into a recent rash of questionable suicides and accidental deaths of clinic clients. The female duo relentlessly tracks down every clue until they expose the killer.
This fast-paced thriller takes the reader deep into the psyche of the frustrated and demented fertility counselor, who is convinced she is on a sublime mission, a mission of mercy.
How far would you go to retrieve a quarter-million dollars?
Investigative journalists Paige and Max Alper drop everything, leave their jobs behind, and hopscotch from San Francisco to San Diego to New York to Hong Kong to take up the paper chase.
Along the way they are pursued, trapped, stripped naked, kidnapped, and set afire, but they end up with a lot more than the $250,
It all starts when Paige rejects an heir-tracer’s proposal to split 50-50 the inheritance from her adventurous and mysterious sea captain uncle. While her twin sister insists they accept the heir-tracer’s offer without question, the Alpers launch their own trace, unaware that Uncle Jock Boylan was murdered—not for his money, but because he had collected evidence that would expose a conspiracy of Chinese government officials and a Hong Kong-based triad of pirates and white slavers.
The Alpers’ search for the inheritance uncovers a set of journals written by the uncle. They learn of the tragic loss of his daughter at the hands of the Shan Triad and of his bold efforts to avenge her death.
The result: A simple treasure hunt turns into an international adventure of intrigue, courage, death, and revenge.
THE KILLING VOTE
That’s the deadline to stop a political-corporate scheme from legally murdering poor, infirmed, and powerless patients through selective, not assisted, euthanasia.
If this secret legislative package can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.
What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming aware of the secret plot and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.
Ted Yost has only seven days to stop The Killing Vote. Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping defeat him?
NO PAT HANDS
No Pat Hands, the fourth book in J.J.’s Zachariah Tobias Rolfe III PI series, was nominated for a 2014 Shamus Award from Private Eye Writers of America.
In No Pat Hands, tragedies of the past overlap frustrations of the present when PI gaming specialist Rolfe is hired to ferret out whoever is sabotaging a small Northern California Indian tribe’s efforts to build an oceanfront casino/hotel complex.
Rolfe immediately becomes embroiled with two murders, attempts on his life, a dishonest Washington lobbyist, a number of underhanded locals, and a pair of beautiful women before solving the case.
As Rolfe discovers, past or present, it’s the land, stupid; it’s always about the land.
THE ORGAN HARVESTERS
The Corporate-Government wars of 2020 resulted in a global Corporit (sic) dictatorship. Its legacy? Escalating climate change, limited food supplies, and clean air only for the elite.
Dr. Zoe Hidalga, organ harvester in the powerful tri-state medical corporation, is infected with VMAS, an incurable retrovirus that killed her husband.. At that time the Corporits snatched her daughter, claimed Zoe was an unfit mother.
Zoe is now marked for termination and frantic to get her child back before they drag her away.
Andrew Potter, respected Corporit robotic genius and mole, has formed a secret resistance group that plans to bring Corporit rule down. He can’t risk discovery, but he’s Zoe’s friend and will help her escape before the CAPOs (Corporit police) can grab her.
Zoe is hidden in the rebellious society of Noncorps – outcasts and innovators who wouldn’t or couldn’t survive under the Corporits. The Noncorp society thrives under the guidance and protection of Asher Wind Storm. A visionary, healer, leader of the Revivers, and Zoe’s future lover, his followers are already regenerating the Earth’s flora and fauna under his mammoth, innovative Caplac domes.
There is hope in this dystopian medical thriller, where Zoe fights a life or death battle to survive and rescue her child from Corporit domination.
THE ORGAN HARVESTERS BOOK II
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In this terrorizing sequel to The Organ Harvesters, the bloodless war of 2020 has destroyed all governments and left monster corporations in control globally, unhindered to waste the planet’s natural resources, and to manipulate the world’s population with iron-handed control.
There’s one last chance to save life on Planet Earth. Roaming at large under a death warrant, Zoe Hidalga leaves her daughter and her lover, mystic Asher Wind Storm, to return to Sanfrancorp to join the Defys, an underground resistance group that has spread throughout the world over the past six years.
The time has come for Redemption, a time to save the people and shut down the Organ Harvesters and corporate domination.