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Biotechnology tycoon Morgan Finney is highly intelligent but shy and emotionally fragile. When his beloved wife Jenny dies of complications during a surgery led by Dr. Rita Wu, Finney’s grief turns to rage. He vows to kill Rita just as he believes she killed his wife.

But first he will systematically destroy her life. He will take what is precious to her just as she did to him. Aided by a mysterious man, Finney uses advanced medical technology to ruin Rita’s reputation and bring her to the brink of madness. Alone, fighting for her sanity and life, Rita reaches out to her to former lover, Dr. Spencer Cameron, for help. Together they must fight to uncover Finney’s horrific intentions and race to stop him before it’s too late.

Terrifying and captivating, Kelly Parsons’ UNDER THE KNIFE is a heart-pounding thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats up to the very last page.

Parsons recently took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss UNDER THE KNIFE with The Big Thrill:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I simply hope readers will enjoy themselves and savor this story of what happens when a good doctor makes a bad mistake. Some of my most satisfying moments as an author occur when readers tell me they couldn’t put my book down.

Was there anything new you discovered, or surprised you, as you wrote this book?

I was surprised when four distinct points of view emerged in my head—one for each of the main characters—when I first sketched the outline for the book. So I decided to structure the book in chapters that alternate from one character’s perspective to another.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

The villains: expect the unexpected of them! Each nurses complex motivations and hidden agendas.


Best damn medical thriller I’ve read in 25 years. Terrifying OR scenes, characters with real texture.” —Stephen King on Doing Harm

Doing Harm is a terrific medical thriller—compelling, gripping, and terrifying.” — Harlan Coben

Parsons, who also is a doctor, shows himself to be more than worthy of penning a suspenseful story, complete with heart-stopping (as it were) medical scenarios.” — Newark Star-Ledger

This skillfully wrought debut gets high marks for building tension to a breathtaking climax.” —Library Journal ( starred review)


Kelly Parsons is the author of Doing Harm. He is a board-certified urologist with degrees from Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins, and he is on the faculty at the University of California San Diego. He lives with his family in Southern California.

To learn more about Kelly, please visit his website.