The search for Typhoid Mary is one of the greatest medical detective stories of all time. It is a riveting story on its own. What is gnerally missing from the story is Mary. Relentless:The Search For Typhoid Mary gives Mary her voice. It turns her from a faceless evil villain into a tough, feisty woman who emigrated from Ireland at the age of 15, researched the best paying jobs in domestic service and turned herself into a successful cook for New York’s richest families. She is a woman who fought against persecution because she was a woman, middle aged and unattractive, a member of the Irish minority, single and officially childless. Men in her position – and there were male typhoid carriers – were provided jobs and help. Mary was thrown into a prison hospital where she was kept in solitary confinement for two years. In spite of being dealt a losing hand, she never stopped fighting. She never stopped trying to make the best of a bad situation. It’s a wonderful story about a truly heroic woman who was maligned and illegally persecuted by the state of New York Department of Health. What was Mary’s true crime? Her true crime was that she endangered the rich and one of their members died even though it was before she had been accused of being a carrier.
“Look out Robin Cook and Tess Gerritsen– there is new competition in the medical thriller field! That competition is Joan Meijer!” – A.R. Cook
Joan Meijer is the author of four novels and 16 non-fiction books. Her novels are medical thrillers with a political edge. Reviews for Meijer’s books are consistently “must read” and “Five star”. She is the winner of the “50 Great Readers You Should Be Reading” 2011 contest. Among her titles are: “The Initiative” a story about a terrorist attack on New York, “The President’s Dirty Little Secret”a thriller about a grizzly series of murders that lead to a scandal at the White House and “Provenance” A rescue based on a true story in New York City.
Among her non-fiction books are “How To Write A Book That Positions You As An Expert In Your Field,” “Date Rape: It’s Not Your Fault” and “The Character Book” as a co-author she has written five books with Suzy Prudden including the ground breaking “MetaFitness: Your Thoughts Taking Place.”
Meijer blogs at www.writecharacter.blogspot.com