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No Cure for Murder (Brier Hospital Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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I was born in Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615575072
  • Publisher: Grass Valley Publishing; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N0LSNY
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I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, we ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man's out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two 'Circle trips' to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
First, Do No Harm was published in April 2007. No Cure for Murder was released in August 2011. For the Love of God was published in January 2012 and The Sixth Sense in July 2012.
In the last two years, I've written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer's Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 13 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 7 year old purebred though enormous Yorkie.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Etier VINE VOICE on October 5, 2011
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At Brier Hospital in Berkeley, patients are dying. While that's not particularly unusual in hospital, the causes are. One woman, admitted for disorders caused by anorexia, is killed with a triple dose of antifreeze. A heroin addict is given a massive overdose. A man with a life-threatening blood clot is administered so much heparin, he is bleeding out. What do these cases have in common? Dr. Jacob Weizman. Would killing a doctor's patients somehow satisfy a gripe someone has against him? Yes, if that someone is a psychopath.

Written by a doctor, Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., "No Cure for Murder" is a who's-doing-it with a few twists. In addition to the murders, which hospital administrators would like to believe are accidents until the antifreeze case, someone is stealing drugs, a creepy chaplain is preying on teenage girls, and one of the nurses is so nasty she makes Nurse Ratched look like a candy-striper. In the meantime, 88-year-old Dr. Weizman, a holocaust survivor, goes about the business of doctoring--making house calls, making rounds, maintaining office hours, and answering emergency calls--oblivious to the fact that he's on someone's death wish list.

Dr. Gold fills the pages of "No Cure for Murder" with insider information, exposing politics, public relations, and personal relationships, gently seasoning it with bits of his own philosophy. His Dr. Weizman has seen the worst (Auschwitz) and the best (his wife, Lola) of life, is somewhat cantankerous, and loved by his patients for his concern and help. So why does someone hate him?

"No Cure for Murder" is a very quick, enjoyable read; the reader has a variety of suspects from which to choose, and may find him- or herself vacillating between several. The identity of the serial killer is not a total surprise (there are many indications throughout the book), but--as murderers go--this is one is especially evil.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Ammann (Lillie) on August 10, 2013
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Although the story was an engaging psychological thriller, I didn't appreciate that the "good guys" were all non-religious and the religious characters were portrayed as fanatics and/or evil. The 88-year-old lead character is a Jewish doctor who lost his faith in a Holocaust concentration camp. He was so hostile to religion that he refused to allow the hospital chaplain to visit his patients.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By JD on September 27, 2013
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I am highly disappointed in the extreme bias of the writing in this book. I've never been mid way through a book and been so disgusted by it that I quit reading it. The Priest was a pedophile, the killer was "doing it for Jesus", the most noble character who never did anything wrong was an extreme atheist who HATED God and everything to do with him. To the point that he wouldn't even allow the Priest to visit his patients. The Christians were a foul mouthed irrational group of terrible individuals who single handedly drove a child to her death. If you like biased, boring, and terrible literature then this is the book/author for you.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By RobertaAnn on March 9, 2013
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I enjoyed this book pretty much. The only thing I didn't like was what seemed to be overt references to how terrible religion and belief in God is. I almost stopped reading the book several times because of it. I had the feeling the author is agnostic or atheistic, not sure. But this is very disappointing to someone who does. The characters are good but I won't read another Lawrence Gold book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on January 14, 2013
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I started and finished this book in one day. I am an avid reader of mysteries. As a retired nurse, medical mysteries grab my attention before all others. The plot for this book is not only superb, it is a 10 star work in that we have more than one mystery, and all of it is woven together so well, we never loose track. The characters are totally believable and so well written that I can relate to them all. This book grabs your attention and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.

I was going to add something about the culprit here, but decided I did not want to wreck the intrigue of the book. Jacob and his wife Lola, well, if they were real, I would love to have them for parents, they are that well written.

When I selected No Cure For Murder as my next read, I did not realize I had already read one of Dr. Gold's books. I was almost finished No Cure when I decided to look at the list of what he wrote. Lo and behold, I saw First Do No Harm, and that I had not only read that one, but reviewed it as well.

I plan on reading more books by this author. His work is just totally amazing! Buy both the above mentioned books and you will never be sorry.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2013
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The book was good. There were some passages that I felt were a little preachy. There was a hidden agenda and it competed with the story line I thought to its detriment.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on November 28, 2011
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Poorly written and lack of development of the characters made this a disappointment. It is not much of a mystery and the story plods along. There is also an odd anti-religion theme to the book. I love medical mysteries, but this one was a big fail for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon K on February 24, 2014
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No Cure For Murder is a fairly typical medical murder/mystery. Unfortunately, while the storyline was acceptable, the writing was not very good at all.

On the plus side, the protagonist and his wife were well-fleshed and even enjoyable. While the protagonist had some flaws, he still was endearing. I laughed out loud when he was pulling the leg of a new nurse at the hospital.

There were many minuses, though, to the book. First and perhaps foremost, the writing itself was disjointed. POVs shifted without warning, timelines jumped back and forth, and things were injected that had really nothing to do with the narrative. Transitions were sorely lacking.

Formatting for my Kindle version was horrendous. Huge swaths of the text were indented as if each line was the start of a paragraph. Coupled with the previously mentioned lack of transitions and mind-numbing shifts in POV, it was extremely difficult to follow just what was happening.

There were too many mistakes in the book that interrupted the pace. Some may not be clear-cut mistakes. While I hardly think that so many doctors would not be able to diagnose typhus, for example, I am not a medical expert. In another case, a person is given three full syringes of ethylene glycol, which would be enough to kill an adult when ingested, so I would think that would be fatal. But once again, I would have to bow the the author's medical expertise. Other things were just plain wrong, though. As the author is a Vietnam vet in the medical field, I was surprised that he had one character join the Marines and become a corpsman (corpsmen with the Marines are not Marines themselves but rather Navy sailors). The timeline for the protagonist was off.
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