ABOUT THE BOOK
In Stephen Russell's debut thriller Blood Money, Doctor Cooper "Mackie" McKay is a surgeon caught between bad love and bad luck. When his ex-wife's body is unceremoniously crammed into the trunk of his car, and her veins infused with the synthetic blood product they patented together, the police identify him as the primary suspect. Investigators point to their rocky relationship and his ex-wife's thirty million dollar bank account as a motive.
To clear his name, McKay must delve into his ex-wife's past, discovering a sordid double life and a military secret so deadly it affects the entire country. Threats escalate to himself and then to his family as he exposes her secret, ultimately forcing him to choose between his life and that of his long-time friend.
Dr. Stephen W. Russell is an award-winning Physician and author.
He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), caring for patients of all ages in the clinic as well as the hospital. In a survey of his peers published annually in Birmingham Magazine, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of the city’s “Top Doctors”.
Dr. Russell also has a passion for medical student and resident education, having twice been recognized at a top-ten teacher in the UAB Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he received the outstanding faculty teacher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Russell has used his dual board certification in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, along with his direct exposure to the pharmaceutical industry, to write the Mackie McKay series. He is a devoted student of writing, previously winning the Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2008 Paul Lazaras Award and was a finalist for the conference’s 2008 Dennis Lynds Scholarship for mystery writing.
He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and 4 children, where he is working on his next Mackie McKay novel, Command and Control, due out in June 2014