About the book:
The Waters of Crystal Lake appear serene and beautiful in the fall sunshine of 1979. Yet something is silently glowing under its surface that could wreak havoc in the fictitious town of Greenwood, which depends on the lake for its water.
Meanwhile, twenty-eight-year-old divorcee, Debra Chandler, is working in a Nashville research lab for the brilliant, but difficult Dr. Joseph Steiner, an authority in DNA research. Soon her quiet and boring world will be turned upside down when a new boyfriend, medical resident Dr. Jim Tarkington, asks her to accompany him to Greenwood to investigate a possible epidemic. Coincidently, this is the same town where her favorite cousin Elizabeth Chandler lives. Elizabeth works as an office nurse for a doctor in family practice. Shortly they and the rest of the medical community will be swept up in a disaster of epic proportions.
Jim and Debra arrive at Greenwood Memorial planning a short visit to collect data for his research paper. There they find a chaotic scene with the hospital overflowing with deadly ill patients suffering from an unknown disease. The medical personnel have no idea what is causing the illness as they frantically attempt to treat the sick. After interviewing patients and arranging to collect samples from them, Debra and Jim, exhausted, spend the night at Elizabeth's home. The next day, acting on a hunch, they also obtain samples from the Greenwood Water Company before returning home.
Back in Nashville, after careful laboratory analysis of the samples, they discover an unbelievable reason for the epidemic. This information will later force the decision-makers to admit a madman is loose in the city.
About the author:
Melissa Davis Baize is a retired financial service representative and insurance broker who worked in the industry for over 28 years. However earlier in her life she worked in several research labs in Nashville and Lexington, KY. and holds undergraduate and master degrees in microbiology from the University of Kentucky. This debut novel is a medical thriller. However as it is set in 1979, the author describes the problems women were having in a male dominated work place in addition to trouble with their relationships at work and with family and boyfriends. She remembers this era well as she worked in Nashville from 1960 to 1970 and Lexington later. After retiring for the second time, she wrote the novel she always wanted to write.
Melissa is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in central Kentucky. Her son, daughter in–law, and one granddaughter graduated from Rhodes. Thus Memphis is always a favorite place to visit. Her hobbies include travel, reading and gardening. In the past she has volunteered at several non-profits and was the coordinator for the Community Cupboard at her church for seven years.