A novel by Philip Albert Lederer
Contagion meets John Grisham, when a superbug claims TSA officer Mary Smith’s life in Atlanta. Former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer Dr. Lea Baker makes a vow to find the root cause of Mary’s death, that is, until colleagues accuse her of killing her. What Lea discovers is far more than she bargained for. The superbug is spreading. Lea’s quest to stop it from killing millions takes her from CDC headquarters to exile in rural Mozambique then back to the White House for a showdown with an unrelenting government that could result in an apocalypse. Only one woman can stop it, Dr. Lea Baker. A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, The Beltline proves that no one can write a better public health thriller than Dr. Phil Lederer, the master of the nonstop nightmare.
Sound dramatic? It is. And I’m not going to spoil the suspense by telling you what happens. You have to read The Beltline in order to find out the ending. But I will tell you that the novel will make you feel the impossible decisions facing an infectious diseases doctor on the run. The stress. The danger. Being a disease detective can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Every day brings something new, and it’s not all good. The following cliche is true about The Beltline — you will not put this novel down.