The Body Thieves is a book I wrote a couple of years ago. Mary Ellen, my agent has been having a difficult time finding a home for the manuscript. We are finding that Illegal Organ Trafficking is a very saturated market in the literary world– no matter how good the book might be.
I have decided to self publish The Body Thieves. I’m kind of excited to go ahead in this direction. My readers will get another book to enjoy and I will be able to use the story in promotional endeavors. So stay tuned for this great story to be released within the next month or so. It’s another roller coaster type thriller with a very likable hero– Dr. Dom Tavano. If I get some good push with the book, I’m going to call it: The Doc Dom Series. I’m working on formatting the manuscript for print and ebook, as well as coming up with a cover design.
Here is a snippet from some of my promotional material from the book:
The Body Thieves is a thriller based on true events and a dark premise that’s quickly becoming a global epidemic – illegal organ trafficking. You’ve probably heard the urban legend warning you against leaving a bar to go to a hotel with a good-looking stranger. Watch out, they say. You might wake up in the bathtub naked, covered in ice, with a poorly stitched side and a note telling you to call 911. When the paramedics arrive, you discover that one or more of your organs (probably a kidney) has been removed.
That “urban legend” is now a macabre reality.
Tens of thousands of people are killed each year for their organs while many more are maimed. China’s illegal organ trade is now allegedly worth US$1 billion a year and a recent documentary called Human Harvest exposed the gory details on Dateline. There’s even a new nonprofit called Organs Watch that now keeps track of organ trafficking. Why? The demand for organs has grown exponentially since the first successful transplant (cornea) in 1906, followed by the human kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung, intestines, hand, and (in 2010) face.
Conducting the surgery is no longer the hard part – it’s acquiring organs.
The Body Thieves, begins with a disgraced army surgeon, Dom Tavano, who is commissioned by the State Department to uncover the link between a big medical institution in the United States and a drug cartel. His partner is Chantal, a nurse trained in combat who thinks Dom is a womanizer. Dom and Chantal travel to Acapulco undercover as a married couple to meet with the bosses of the drug cartel, but all is not as it seems… as Dom and Chantal set off a chain of dangerous events that are anything but a honeymoon.