About the Author

Tom Combs' career as an ER physician provides the foundation for his unforgettable characters and riveting plots. His emotional engagement arises from 25 years of helping those facing illness, trauma and tragedy.

Taking an unusual career path, Tom worked jobs using jackhammers, chainsaws, and heavy machinery. He then shifted to laboratory equipment and, eventually, to the stethoscope, scalpel and other tools of the Emergency Medicine specialist. His current weapons of choice are the keyboard and a dangerously fertile imagination. Nerve Damage, his debut thriller, is a story of high-level intrigue and edge-of-your seat suspense. The events are tomorrow's headlines credible with surprises unfolding to the final page. Tom lives with his artist wife in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Prior to medicine Tom worked in road construction, demolition and as a security supervisor in an art museum. At the University of Minnesota he was a biochemistry teaching assistant and then did research with the dean of the College of Pharmacognosy on the discovery and development of drugs from natural sources.

His medical internship was served at Hennepin County Medical Center where he was introduced to the fledgling specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM). For the next 3 years he received advanced training and served as a helicopter rescue "flight physician" in the University of Cincinnati EM residency program.

For most of the next 18 years he worked as a physician in the ER of North Memorial Medical Center's top-ranked level one trauma and medical facility. Tom has spent the last several years refining his writing skills. The author-educators of the Loft Literary Center provided invaluable instruction (Mary Carroll Moore, Ellen Hart, Wm Kent Krueger, David Housewright, the late Vince Flynn, and dozens more). Additionally award-winning author Michael (Sears) Stanley, renowned author/educator, James Scott Bell, and other experts have shared their wisdom. For Tom, a passion for reading has been a lifelong gift.

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