Patricia Gussin

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·       Patricia Gussin’s novels , SHADOW OF DEATH, TWISTED JUSTICE, THE TEST, and AND THEN THERE WAS ONE , are psychological  thrillers. Each one reflects her background in medicine and family dynamics and each one delivers a guaranteed twist. 

Co-written with her husband, Robert Gussin, WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU? is the true story of the couple's transition from careers in medicine and medical research to a new life in books and wine.  Not a memoir or a how-to, WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU? is witty, instructive, and inspirational.

Patricia’s  first novel, SHADOW OF DEATH, is the story of Laura Nelson, a medical student in Detroit in 1967 during the riots.  This extraordinary social upheaval impacted Laura in a very personal, traumatic way.  SHADOW OF DEATH was nominated Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers.  It has also been used in a sociology course in one university and in a contemporary urban history course in another.

TWISTED JUSTICE, is the story of Laura Nelson, seven years later.  She is now a thoracic surgeon, accused of the murder of her husband’s colleague and facing the unthinkable, separation from her children.   In many ways these two stories parallel Patricia Gussin’s life as she did attend medical school in Detroit after which she did an internship and pediatric residency in Tampa.

THE TEST is about the six siblings of the Parnell family.   Determined to leave something more valuable than money to his children, philanthropist Paul Parnell stipulates a most unusual will—“The Test.”  One enormous estate.  Six very different children.   And only one year to make a difference.  But for this fractured family, what a difference one year will make.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE tells us about three nine year old identical triplet girls who go into a movie theater and only one comes out. Sammie and Alex Monroe have vanished without a trace, plunging this family into the deepest of nightmares. As the parents and law enforcement drive a frantic pace to turn over every lead, is anyone paying attention to the fragile emotional status of the safe triplet, little Jackie?

Patricia Gussin is a physician, an author, and the mother of seven children.  So it’s no surprise that her fiction exploits her background: medicine and the emotional fragility of families in crisis.  Add a psychopath to the mix  and you have the perfect recipe for explosive suspense.

Patricia is a board certified Family Medicine physician who has spent the major part of her career as the vice president of research of a large health care company. She grew up in Grand  Rapids, Michigan, studied medicine in Detroit, practiced medicine in Philadelphia, and now splits her time between Florida, New York, and New Zealand.

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