patricia-gussin-aboutAbout Patricia’s
Best-Selling Books:

Patricia Gussin is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She is a member of International Thriller Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and the International Association of Crime Writers. Her novels are all available in hardcover, paperback, on all e-readers, and in audio.

Patricia’s first novel, Shadow Of Death, is the story of Laura Nelson, a medical student in Detroit, during the riots of 1967.  This extraordinary social upheaval impacted Laura in a very personal, traumatic way.  Nominated as Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers, Shadow Of Death has been used in a sociology course at one university, and in a contemporary urban history course at another.

Twisted Justice features Laura Nelson, seven years after Shadow Of Death, now a thoracic surgeon.  This story is about mistakes, failed relationships, manipulation and betrayal.  Twisted Justice delivers a twist that will shock and outrage.

The Test is about values and ethics, revolving around the lives of six siblings about to inherit one enormous estate.  Ruthless forces descend on this fractured family, as greed and cynicism square off against hope and good intentions.

And Then There Was One tells the story of the nine-year-old identical triplet Monroe girls, when two of the triplets vanish without a trace.  The devastation and fear set forth will find a toehold even in the most jaded of psyches, but at it’s heart, the story explores the emotional glue that holds a family together in crisis.

Weapon Of Choice is Patricia’s third Laura Nelson novel, and leans heavily on the author’s experiences in a bacteriology laboratory.  Laura is now Chief of Surgery and is facing the onset of HIV in her community, as a violent staph rages in her ICU; all against a backdrop of a bio-terrorism plot of major proportions.

After The Fall is the fourth and concluding novel in the Laura Nelson series.  An injury ends Laura’s career as a surgeon. Now, as the Vice President for Research of a major pharmaceutical company, Laura finds herself in the crosshairs of a malicious FDA staffer as she works to finalize the approval of a groundbreaking new drug.  Amidst threat to her life—as well as her career—long hidden dark secrets come full circle to destroy all she holds dear. After The Fall won the USA National Best Book Award and the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Popular Fiction.

Come Home details how a plastic surgery practice—and marriage—shatter when one parent abducts their five-year-old son. This globe-spanning drama moves from Philadelphia to Egypt, Uruguay, Liberia and back to Egypt, where one of them must face an unspeakable tragedy. Come Home won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Popular Fiction and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Silver Medal for Thriller & Suspense.

Medicine and Mayhem: The Dr. Laura Nelson Files is a four book collection that includes Shadow of Death, Twisted Justice, Weapon of Choice and After the Fall and follows Laura Nelson from her days as a medical student in Detroit during the 1967 riots through her assent to the position of Chief of Surgery in Tampa. Tragically, at the peak of her professional success, a fall on the ice and a devastating hand injury ends her surgical career. But Laura proves resilient and lands the top research job in a large pharmaceutical company. Seven years in Laura’s life separate each of the four novels in the collection. Laura’s personal life evolves just as do the threats—initiated in the dark days of Detroit—that have haunted her along the way. 

Co-written with her husband, Robert Gussin, What’s Next…For You? is the true story of the couple’s transition from careers in medicine and medical research to a new life in books and wine.  Not a memoir or a how-to, What’s Next…For You? is witty, instructive, and inspirational.

About Patricia’s Career

Patricia is a board certified Family Medicine physician who has spent the major part of her career as vice president of research in a large health care company.  She’s a graduate of Aquinas College, Columbia Business School, and Wayne State University School of Medicine.  She has an honorary degree from Duquesne University, is the former chairman of the board of The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, a past president of the Drug Information Association, and has served on numerous university advisory boards.  She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, studied medicine in Detroit, practiced medicine in Philadelphia, and now lives in Sarasota, Florida.  For more detailed information, see Patricia’s Curriculum Vitae.

Patricia Gussin in Featured Articles

Patricia has been featured in several local and national publications. In August 2018, she was selected by REAL WOMAN magazine for a piece on second careers. As a woman whose work has spanned from medicine and vice president of a pharmaceutical company to writer, editor, publisher, and vintner, Dr. Gussin provides insight and inspiration to those who wish to pursue new avenues in life.