Meanwhile, Dr. McCarthy's office is invaded by two Department of Defense agents, Warren Sikes and Elroy Washington, who claim he has stolen secret government documents. McCarthy is completely confused and feels like they have the wrong guy, but when the agents start firing guns and killing his co-workers, he realizes his only chance to sort out this mess is to escape and figure out what is going on.
Soon, McCarthy is on the run in the nooks and crannies of the hospital and he has enlisted Dr. Hamilton to help him, despite the fact that he is being portrayed on the news as a crazed doctor who snapped and killed people in his office. When the pair put their heads together and compare patients, they discover Bobbie Baker is not an isolated incident and something much deeper and more malevolent is going on. Will the pair be able to survive with murderous government agents hot on their trail, or will their discovery of the plot die with them?
When I first began reading Dead Wrong, I was immediately drawn in by the sheer terror conveyed by characters who had such strong memories that apparently didn't actually belong to them. I really enjoyed the brief time that was devoted to the handful of characters that were experiencing these vivid memories that were not their own. Soon, the story shifted to focus on McCarthy and Hamilton and their attempts to outwit an agent who has a single-minded goal - to eliminate evidence by eliminating them. While at times, the book traveled at breakneck speeds, I found a good bit of it implausible. I just couldn't buy into a neurosurgeon being able to escape the clutches of trained government killers. You're a doctor, not Jason Bourne, you know? There was some brief explanation of research McCarthy did previously in the Middle East, but info gathering and hand-to-hand combat training are not the same thing. While I enjoyed the book for the most part and thought the relationship that evolved between McCarthy and Hamilton despite their appalling circumstances was a pleasant touch, I didn't love Dead Wrong, I just liked it. I look forward to checking out future Wyler novels to see if I enjoy them even more than this one because I enjoy his fast-paced writing style, I just didn't quite buy into this one.