Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

by D. Bruce Foster

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Overview

In this compelling and poignant debut novel, D. Bruce Foster takes you on an insider's journey through the intense and often chaotic world of modern emergency medicine.

Young Dr. Alex Randolph leaves a promising career at a prestigious university for the challenge of leading a new emergency department in the wealthy Maryland countryside.

Three years later, his idyllic world at Mason-Dixon Regional Medical Center is improbably rocked by a brutal drug war, powerful corporate intrigue, and a beautiful widow who makes his head spin. These forces combine in an explosive, heart-pounding climax that risks everything in life that Alex holds dear-even his own life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615493886
Publisher: Macdougall Press, LLC
Publication date: 07/08/2011
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

D. Bruce Foster is a native of northern Baltimore County, Maryland, the location of the novel Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, where he grew up observing the cultural milieu of My Lady's Manor steeplechase country. For twenty-five years he has been chief of emergency medicine at a Pennsylvania hospital, and is the medical director of an aero-medical helicopter service.

He has two published medical textbooks: Twelve Lead Electrocardiography for ACLS Providers published in 1996 by W. B. Saunders (Harcourt Brace), and Twelve Lead Electrocardiography- Theory and Interpretation published in 2007 by Springer. The former, now out of print, sold seven thousand copies, a significant performance for a medical textbook, and the latter earned a four star "Outstanding" rating from Doody's Book Review, a review service for the medical publishing industry.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is Foster's first work of fiction. He lives with his wife on a farm in southern Pennsylvania in a lovingly restored pre-Civil-War brick farmhouse. You can learn more about Bruce Foster at www.dbrucefoster.com.

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PROLOGUE

The gleaming white Lexus pulled into a short gravel driveway just south of the small town of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, looking bizarrely out of place beside a dilapidated clapboard house with peeling white paint. Out of the car climbed four young men. The last to exit—a slender, blond boy dressed in khakis and a polo shirt—anxiously scanned his surroundings as he closed the door.

The boys walked through a short stretch of knee-high grass, stepped onto a crumbling concrete porch, and entered the house. A flimsy spring-loaded screen door clapped loudly behind the last of them, causing the blond boy to start.

He stood just inside the door and allowed his eyes to adjust to the light. Empty pizza boxes and beer cans littered the room. A single bare light bulb glared from the ceiling. The room was devoid of furnishings excepting a threadbare stained sofa, a flat-screen television sitting low on a wooden crate, and a rickety end-table with an overflowing ashtray.

He sank into the sofa and watched with a dry mouth as another boy emptied the contents of a plastic sack onto the end table. I can still back out, he told himself. But in his heart he knew that it was too late—the decision was made when he first climbed into the Lexus.

A frisson of anticipation and foreboding rippled through him—anticipation, because after six months of pain and self-denial, he longed for the release of heroin flowing through his veins; foreboding, because he knew that all would be lost the moment the needle punctured his skin, and he loathed himself for it.

This time and this time only, he lied to himself again. I can be back home tonight and back in class in the morning.

A wave of guilt washed over him, bringing before his mind unbidden images of his family: the laughing face of his twelve-year-old sister; his mother's benevolent eyes with a deep furrow of worry; his father's hard face, reddened with anger. He didn't want to face any of them tomorrow.

The owner of the rented house handed the blond boy a beer and saw the anxiety written on his face. "Relax," he said. "My girlfriend works in a nursing home. She scarfs up everything I need. I've got nice sterile syringes, sterile water; even sterile cotton balls. And," he added with a grin, holding up a tiny, waxy envelope containing a white powdery substance, "this is really good shit."

The blond boy's remaining will to resist steadily evaporated. He flicked the lighter with his thumb, holding the yellow flame under the spoon until the powder slowly dissolved, then sucked the warm liquid through a tiny, cotton-ball filter into the syringe. Now committed, his pulse quickened as the doubts receded, and the anticipation of intense pleasure grew.

He tied the rubber tourniquet just above his left elbow, careful to leave an end sticking out the top and angled toward him, so that he could grasp it with his teeth and release the tourniquet once the needle had found its mark. Pumping his fist several times until a forearm vein bulged, he winced momentarily as the needle pierced his skin, then slid smoothly into the vein. A flashback of blood appeared in the syringe. Quickly he released the tourniquet with his teeth and carefully leaned back into the sofa so as not to displace the needle.

Licking his lips, he slowly pushed on the plunger until one-quarter of the liquid had been injected, and then paused to assess its power. If it was too strong—after six months of being clean—he could limit the dose to prevent losing consciousness. Ten seconds later his cares fell away, and he began to float into euphoria.

How did I live without this for six months? he wondered, and eagerly pushed the remaining liquid into his veins. Rapidly, he began to float further and further from the dingy room toward darkness. As he gained velocity, for a brief instant he felt a vague flare of panic, then all was black.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ... kept my interest the whole time. It was an especially fun read since it is set in the area I where I live. Hope there are others to follow!
wingertmartin More than 1 year ago
What a story!! Foster takes the reader on a journey through the jungle of Emergency Medicine and intertwines it with just the right amount of love and romance. His descriptive backdrops allow the reader to feel as if they are standing in the scene, watching the stories unfold. Alex, the main character, has a personality that shows just how versatile an Emergency Physician must be when dealing with the plethora of patients he sees during the course his shift. I was especially impressed with his honesty in dealing with several patients who were in the last months of their lives. While we would like to believe we have control over our end of life decisions, Foster shows us that, sadly, family members can trump our wishes, causing extended, fruitless, and unnecessary suffering. If you want to read an attention-holding book from cover to cover, this is the book to read!
DrGeo More than 1 year ago
What a love triangle Dr. Randolph finds himself in - two beauties vying for his time, attention, and devotion. The first is a young woman -- spirited, and energetic. The second is his chosen profession -- subtle, seductive, as old as time itself, offering him the chance to be the Healer. The rivalry and tension between them propel the novel forward in a most enjoyable way. Must he choose one? Can he have both? Start reading!
JAK65 More than 1 year ago
I finished the book last night and can't wait to read the sequel. I loved the character Alex - his sense of humor (the Jekyll and Hyde sides of him) as well as his compassionate treatment of patients, co-workers, and other people in his life. His knowledge of so many things makes him a true Renaissance Man. I thought the love scene was very well done with two people who were very attracted to each other, and not hot sex for the sake of hot sex throughout the book. I hope Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye goes all the way to #1! I'm recommending it to friends. JAK65
VixenVE More than 1 year ago
"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" was a great page-turning read. The characters are well developed and likeable. It's set in an ER with a very realistic perpective since the author is an ER physician. There is dramatic intrigue mixed with a love story - something to satisfy any reader.
wmchuntvalley More than 1 year ago
This book is a good story about the life and loves of an ER doc and gives the reader an understanding of what goes on in an emergency room. The author weaves a tale that is both interesting and insightful because he has been there as an ER doc. The novel operates at another level not usually reached in its genre - it sets forth important issues facing American health care providers, policy makers, and the public. The book raises questions about the intrusion of IT systems into patient care, the control of medical decisions by administrators for other than medical reasons, and what kind of care is appropriate for the elderly to name a few. As a former health care policy wonk for state government, I find that these dilemmas are broached in a refreshing and thought provoking manner in a book that is a fun read.
BHoffman More than 1 year ago
Bruce Foster's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is a refreshing read; drawing the reader into the life and death cadence of today's ER, and captivating our imagination with glimpses of spicy, romantic rendevous'. Chapter by chapter, you feel "one" with Dr. Alex Randolph, as mind, body and soul come together as connective tissue eager to navigate the next dramantic interlude. Get ready to recalibrate your expectations about novels. This one is guaranteed to increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping in all the right places!
KReihardMD More than 1 year ago
"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is a refreshing novel about life in the ED. Dr. Foster effectively and fluidly combines a fictional love story with the drama of realistic ED scenarios, both medical and political in nature. The reader is left with a thirst for "Kiss Tommorrow Goodbye II...the sequel." I highly recommend it!