Dr. Felix Hoffmann is about to head home after a grueling night shift when he hears the words, “This gun is loaded!” Hoffmann, long accustomed to helping others on the verge of death, suddenly finds himself - along with several colleagues and patients - at the mercy of a deranged, blind kidnapper in the ICU.
Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It’s a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer. And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish.
"Gem of a Thriller"
Doctor Felix Hoffmann is furious when an infusion pump mysteriously fails, nearly killing his 82-year-old patient. But his anger quickly turns to suspicion when he learns the patient’s posh apartment is for sale - without the patient’s knowledge. Together with his vivacious girlfriend, Celine, Felix discovers that someone at the hospital has concocted a deadly scheme to fleece geriatric patients and then hasten their deaths. Turns out he didn’t save his patient from an equipment failure - he saved him from murder.
It's been 101 days since Felix Hoffmann's girlfriend, Celine, left Berlin in a humanitarian convoy carrying aid to Kurdish northern Iraq. Now her coffin returns home. With the Iraq War all but begun, the story coming from Baghdad is that the young woman orchestrated the very bomb attack that killed her. But a devastated Felix, doctor at South Berlin Hospital, cannot believe that Celine would willingly participate in such an act, and certain clues - as well as questioning from German, Iraqi, and American agencies - raise the good doctor's suspicions.