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Book Review

A Case Of Need
by Michael Crichton

Category:  Medical Thriller

Average Rating:  3.0

Boston, 1968

When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.

In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood? The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn't the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.

A Case of Need is Crichton's award-winning first novel, written shortly after completing his medical internship.


[2018-12-23 01:26:04]

Rating:  3

It's pretty obvious that this is a debut novel. It's also quite dated. The story gets bogged down with medical terminology and misses the mark with respect to the investigatory procedures. It's definitely not Crichton's best effort.

Nick Podehl's performance is quite satisfactory.

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