1976. Despite fierce controversy over the
propriety of in vitro fertilization, Dr. Colin
Sanford, a brilliant, ambitious obstetrician in
Emerald, Washington works secretly to put his name
into medical history. But Sanford's endeavors
lead to murder. Detective Bernie Baumgartner's
investigation is hampered by pressure from
influential people, and a double cat-and-mouse game
develops between doctor and detective.
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