Thrillers and Killers: What Makes Us Keep Turning Pages?

(DGIwire)  Each year dozens of thriller novels, movies, and TV shows burst onto the scene, met with enthusiasm by loyal readers and audiences. Thrillers are typically defined by a few key elements: a fast-paced plot with lots of twists and turns, recognizable typecast characters (the hard-boiled detective/protagonist, the femme fatale, the villain), and of course, […]

Are Paperbacks the Secret to Staying Mentally Sharp?

(DGIwire) While the publishing industry itself is undergoing a severe transformation—some critics might call it a meltdown–people’s desire to read has not been quelled. However, the prevalence of smartphones, TV and Internet distracts us and makes it increasingly challenging to carve out time for the simple, stress-reducing and pleasurable results of sitting down to read. Now […]

A New Medical Thriller Is a Health Book in Disguise

(DGIwire) — When respected surgeon and faculty member of the University of California San Diego Medical School, Dr. Kelly Parsons, penned his first novel Doing Harm, Stephen King tweeted that it was “the best damn medical thriller” he’d read in 25 years.   Surprisingly though, for those who’ve read it, many actually call it the “best […]

Reading to Fall Asleep? Avoid this Book!

(DGIwire) — It’s no joke:  40 million of us in this country have a chronic sleep disorder, and another still whopping 62% of us admit that we experience sleep problems a few nights per week, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  Those were 2012 statistics—given a number of the factors, including ever-present smart phones and computers, night […]

Warning: Do Not Read This Book Before an Operation

 (DGIwire) — When surgeon Kelly Parsons set out to write a medical thriller, he had no idea that writing his book would be a lot like operating. “Well, except that my surgeries typically take several hours to complete, start to finish, and the literary ‘operation’ took six years,” he says with a smile. However, as Dr. […]

Author Thrilled to Take His Medical Thriller Public

(DGIwire) — There were ten ladies there for the book club that night: all mothers and professionals (doctors, lawyers, business women) who meet once a month to enjoy “discussable” books. While their tastes tend to skew toward non-fiction and literary fiction, they had decided to give a new local author a try, by reading and discussing his medical […]

When ‘Do No Harm’ Turns Deadly: Buzz Builds for Terrifying Tale

(DGIwire) — The first ethical principle every doctor is taught is “Primum non nicere,” Latin for “First, do no harm.” But someone at a fictional hospital has no qualms about violating this code of behavior and making a cat-and-mouse game of it. Why are patients dying and why is earnest young surgeon Steve Mitchell under suspicion? […]

Stephen King’s Novel Tweet

(DGIwire) –When he finally put down his copy of Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons, legendary author Stephen King was moved to tweet: “Best damn medical thriller I’ve read in 25 years. Terrifying OR scenes, characters with real texture.”  High praise from the “king” of multiple genres, from fantasy and science fantasy to horror— all of which also keep […]