Hi. I’m Lindsey McCall, the protagonist in the Dr. Lindsey McCall medical mystery series. It’s been a kick watching myself evolve throughout these 4 novels of Lin Wilder’s. I can honestly tell you that I like myself best in her latest book, Malthus Revisited-The Cup of Wrath.
There are many reasons why I say this. Uppermost among them are two: I have faced and resolved a decision made eighteen years ago. One that had been haunting me. And, of course, the fact that the population of this world has been saved by a horrific fate. That too.
Mrs. N: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Doing the work I love- pushing the boundaries of research, challenging the status quo. Working side by side with Rich Jansen, the man I plan to be with until the day I die.
Mrs. N: What is your greatest fear?
Such an interesting question for someone who spent much of her life in interventional cardiology and CV research. Had you asked this question of me five years ago, I’d have replied that I was most afraid of failing to change the molecular structure of Digitalis. But as you most likely know, I did not fail. My new drug Digipro has radically changed the treatment of heart failure. And is providing hundreds of thousands of patients with acute heart failure an alternative to transplantation.
I realized that my greatest fear was facing my biological daughter. The young woman whose existence I refused to acknowledge- until now.
Mrs. N: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That’s an easy one. I can be cold- more like a robot than a person. Sometimes I can be wholly oblivious to what is going on with those closest to me. Especially when I’m trying to figure something out. Or when I’m scared.
When we were kids, my best friend Julie Grayson used to love the movie, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. We watched it each Christmas from kindergarten to our senior years at Rice University. Julie would start to cry with that explanatory first statement of the narrator about the Grinch: His heart was two sizes too small. I never cried at the Grinch- he was too close. I always felt that I was just like the Grinch. Unable to care about anyone. Until Rich.
Mrs. N: What is your current state of mind?
I am grateful. But that word is nowhere huge enough to describe the awe I feel. Getting as close to death as I did has a way of making much that was once critical recede into the background. And amplify what had been just a backdrop- the beauty of this world, the love for Rich, LJ, and Morgan, the dogs being able to breathe…love…laugh… The list is endless once I begin to consider all that is good.
Mrs. N: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Unequivocally, the greatest love of my life is my husband, Rich Jansen. I will never understand how I have merited this man’s love, respect, and loyalty. He is as good a man as was my Dad. Never did I think I would meet someone whom I could say that about.
Mrs. N: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be less of a perfectionist- not be so demanding of myself and others. When I tell Rich that he just laughs.
Mrs. N: Where would you most like to live?
Before we moved to the central coast of California, I’d not given much thought to the effect of geography on our lives. But Pismo Beach seems to be as close to paradise as I can imagine.
Mrs. N: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When I was a prisoner at Huntsville and watched an inmate die from medical negligence.
Mrs. N: What is your favorite occupation?
I am a researcher. There is nothing I enjoy more than solving complex problems. Creating solutions that will help people and animals cope with cardiovascular disease.
Mrs. N: What is your greatest regret?
There are two equally great regrets in my life: Each involves a family member. The first that my drug was not created soon enough to help my mother. She lived many years as a cardiac cripple. Digipro could have changed that. My older sister Paula is a person for whom I have many regrets- I could not understand her alcoholism and never grasped the depth of her jealousy toward me until it was far too late.
To read more, check out Dr. Lindsey’s latest adventure —
Title Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath
Author Lin Wilder
Genre Thriller, Supernatural
Publisher Wilder Books- A Wyatt Mackenzie Imprint
Eighteen-year-old Morgan Gardner did not seem like someone who could save the world—unless you took the time to notice her eyes. And most people didn’t.
Morgan’s exceptional gifts were known only to her and to the animals she could understand better than people. For a long time, she told no one about her nightmares. Embarrassed and afraid that no one would believe her, Morgan waited until it was almost too late. Then she confided in her mom’s best friend, Dr. Lindsey McCall.
Lindsey and her husband Rich had worked hard to reestablish their lives and careers after their last harrowing escapade. Relocated in a beautiful California home and newly reunited with Lindsey’s biological daughter LJ, all seemed to be going smoothly—until an enemy from their past returned with as deadly a plan as they could imagine.
The fourth novel in Lin Wilder’s popular Lindsey McCall series is her best one yet—combining the innovative medical research her readers have come to admire with a new and terrifying threat to the world’s population: a biological timebomb. Vivid characters old and new rampage across the continents of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. to stop the contagion, picking up steam as they head toward a life-or-death climax in the remote Qinghai province of China.
Malthus Revisited adds a dystopian element to Wilder’s evolving Lindsey McCall mystery series, and is guaranteed to captivate both her loyal fans and eager newcomers to its last riveting page.
July 1995, Srebenica, Bosnia-Hercegovina
He lay motionless. Aware that any movement would give him away, he barely breathed, kept his eyes tightly closed. He tried not to think about the soldiers cutting the throats of his father and three brothers: Adin, who had just turned thirteen; Davud, only ten; and Hakem, his twelve-year-old twin. The laughter and their hideous expressions as they committed cold blooded murder. The blood everywhere, the blood…lakes of it. Or the screams of his mother and fifteen-year-old sister, Fatima. She was strong, fearless. The terror on her face when the leader slung her over his shoulder contorted her beautiful features but did nothing to extinguish the look of fear in her eyes.
He did. A family of Bosnian refugees had discovered him wandering in the woods outside his family’s burned Sarajevo home. A professor, his wife, and two small girls had taken him with them to Srebrenica, where they would all be safe. The United Nations was protecting the city. The professor had explained in precise language what the UN was, and the power that they had. Mile after mile, the small band of refugees walked toward the eastern coast of Bosnia, Srebenica, where they would find refuge. The teacher reassured them all that they would be safe once the exhausting trip was over. The United Nations had proclaimed that the small town they were headed for was safe from attacks or hostility.
In the war-ravaged debris of what was once Yugoslavia, the hope of a peaceful transition from Communism to a new form of multi-party democracy had been smashed into oblivion.
But the soldiers came again, and this time he could not run away. The professor’s blood saved him. This time they were in a hurry, using machine guns rather than knives. More efficient. The words of the kind, learned, and God-fearing man lying dead beside him rang in his ears as he lay waiting for a death that did not come. We have nothing to fear, the United Nations will protect us. There are UN soldiers who are commissioned to keep us safe.
To this day, the Srebrenica massacre is considered the worst genocide in post-second-World-War history. Despite the town’s protected status, it was attacked and captured by the Serbian Army. More than 8,000 Bosnian people were killed. An additional 20.000 civilians were expelled from the area in a process described by a tidily euphemistic phrase, ethnic cleansing.
A battalion of 450 Dutch soldiers charged with protecting the small town was routed by superior forces of better-armed Serbian soldiers. Dutch Commander Karremans pulled out his entire force when Serbian General Mladic assured him that his men were merely transporting the civilians to another city. The killing began as soon as the UN troops retreated.
Lin Wilder is a former Hospital Director who has published throughout her entire adult life but made the switch from non-fiction to fiction in 2006. Her series of medical thrillers are situated on the central coast of California with many references to the Texas Medical Center in Houston where Lin worked for over 23 years. In her free time, Lin Wilder enjoys exercising, hiking, listening to beautiful music, gardening and last but certainly not least, reading. She is married to a former Marine and psychologist with 25 years of experience counseling ex- combat veterans. They reside in northern Nevada with their two dogs.
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