St. Martin's, Dec 2004, 24.95
Every night for the past four years, Weekly Crow reporter Philip Dryden visits his comatose spouse Laura at Ely's Tower Hospital. Laura's current roommate, cancer victim Maggie Beck expects to die shortly. She asks Philip for a favor. She has made tapes of her memories especially concentrating on a 1976 plane crash at the US air base in Mildenhall in which she provides a different report than the official one. Maggie also furbishes a spin on her daughter's marriage. She wants Philip to deliver her last words to her daughter.
As Laura begins to awaken from her coma, she overhears much of what Maggie says. She struggles to warn her spouse that he could be in danger, but she is not fully conscious yet. Meanwhile Philip uncovers two homicides that he believes ties back to Maggie's request. As he investigates further someone tries to kill him. Only Laura, if she can communicate, can tell him the truth that might save his life.
When the tale shifts to the hospital scenes the plot loses momentum but adds depth to the beleaguered hero.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner