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Heart Seizure
by Bill Fitzhugh
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HarperTorch, 2004 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas

Spence Tailor is a lawyer who prefers working for the underdog while his brother Boyd is his antithesis. Their mother Rose has long been on the waiting list for a new heart due to her rare blood type, and it looks like she's finally going to get one. At this same time, the United States President's heart gives out during a photo-op jogging session just months before the national election. Panic-stricken, White House Chief of Staff Martin Brooks decides to usurp the heart meant for Rose.

Spence learns of this outrageous perfidy just minutes before the transplant. In a moment of extreme stress, he absconds with the donor heart, his doped mom, and surgical resident Debbie, as well as a highly reluctant Boyd. While Brooks sends FBI agents to quietly locate and reclaim the heart, highly ambitious presidential nominee Senator Peggy Check sends the CIA to the Tailors' aid. A hilarious and zany wild goose chase ensues, with Spence and company always keeping just one step ahead of the government. The question of the novel - who will finally get the heart?

Heart Seizure is a wickedly funny read, that takes a wildly satirical look at today's politics and power-obsessed politicians. Fitzhugh superbly blends action, wit, filial emotions, and political clout. He throws in a bunch of eccentric characters to create an uproarious novel. A complex plot, along with the multitude of entertaining characters, keeps readers on their mental toes. The unconventional story raises some serious questions and presents widely differing viewpoints on them. Heart Seizure deserves a permanent place on your bookshelf.

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